Swanton accounting students, as members of Business Professionals of America, compete in academic contests during the year for a chance to be recognized in our region, our state and even nationally. Starting this year Ron Kauffman’s accounting students and students around the nation had an opportunity to compete in a brand new event.
The interesting twist for Kauffman’s students is that the author of the contest is their teacher. Kauffman, Swanton’s accounting instructor went through a three year process for this new contest to be adopted. His idea and proposal was developed because the national BPA organization decided to close one of the four accounting contests, and could not develop an idea to replace it.
Kauffman’s three year commitment started with a proposal to the national organization to develop a prototype contest called Accounting Mathematics Concepts. Upon approval, he then developed a two-hour test that was suitable for regional competitions. The following format was then used to develop a suitable state and then national competition.
The contests were then audited three separate times through the National Business Advisory Council and The National Classroom Educators Advisory Council. Through the auditing process the regional, state and national contests were not only adopted into the high school divisions of BPA, but was also adopted and used in the college divisions.
Kauffman has been with Swanton Local Schools for 19 years, and has been a satellite teacher through Penta Career Center since 2004. His students are in a dual-enrollment curriculum, and are receiving multiple college credits within the program.