BPA Inspires Leadership And Business Career

photo 5 Recently my 16 year old son Andy, a junior from East Ridge High School, made his first solo trip in his life.

As the only student from Woodbury, he traveled with a group of students from Eastview, Eagan and Henry Sibley High Schools to Anaheim, California to attend the 2015 Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference, held May 5-10, 2015.

BPA is a national organization for students pursuing careers in business management, office administration, information technology and other related career fields.

The mission of BPA is to contribute to the preparation of a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills.

BPA focuses on real-world business skills and problem solving abilities in finance, management, IT and computer applications. Through the Torch Awards Program and BPA Cares Program, students are inspired to build their leadership skills and serve their chapter and community.

BPA has 43,000 members in over 2,300 chapters in 23 states.photo 4

Andy started doing BPA as a freshman at East Ridge High School where BPA is offered as an extracurricular activity. He had participated in the BPA regional and state competitions and leadership conferences. This was the first time that he attended the national conference. He was awarded the Merit Scholar award. The award session is available online along with other recorded sessions.

The conference was really fun for him. He told his younger sister to join BPA as well and she should also go to the conference next year.

I think Andy’s experience with BPA helps him build leadership skills and confidence. It will inspire him to go to business school and pursue a career in business. For that, I am grateful for the opportunity at ERHS and for BPA.

Recorded Sessions

Secondary & Middle Level Grand Awards Sessionphoto 2

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