MCC Student Named State PBL's District Vice President

(Bradenton, Fla., July 13, 2006) - Manatee Community College (MCC) student Penny Bryan has been named the Florida Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business club's District IV vice president. The district includes chapters from community colleges between Pasco and Sarasota counties.

Bryan, a North Port resident, is currently serving as president of the MCC Venice PBL chapter. She home-schooled her son (now 21 and a Marine) and daughter (now 16 and attending North Port High School). About two years ago, she decided it was her turn to further her education. Bryan is pursuing an associate in arts degree, works at the MCC Venice Academic Resource Center and also with a peer-assisted learning program, and has a weekend job at Radio Shack. In May, she expects to graduate and transfer to the University of South Florida to major in mathematics.

Bryan recently attended a four-day national PBL leadership conference in Nashville, Tenn. She plans to attend the Sixth Annual Florida Future Business Leaders of America (FFA)-PBL Officers' Training and District Director Summit July 21 through 22 at the FFA Leadership Training Center in Haines City. State and district officers will receive training in professionalism, etiquette, image, goal-setting, communication and workshop presentations. Bryan's PBL districtwide job duties include planning and helping run district and state competitions, and visiting other community colleges to provide support for existing chapters and facilitate formation of new ones.

Earlier this year in PBL district competition, Bryan won first-place awards in accounting principles and impromptu speech and a second-place award in economics. Along with two other teammates, she also won first place in business decision-making. In PBL state competition, she placed third in impromptu speaking, economics, public speaking, accounting and decision-making.     

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