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Business Professionals of America

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Business Professionals of America (BPA) gives students across the country the opportunity to develop, lead and compete as they prepare for careers in today’s modern business environment.

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What is our mission?

Our mission at Business Professionals of America is to develop and empower student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service. As a co-curricular organization, BPA has the ability to enhance student participation in professional, civic, service and social endeavors. BPA members participate in these activities to accomplish their goals of self-improvement, leadership development, professionalism, community service, career development, public relations, student cooperation, safety and health.Some of BPA’s other major programs include the National Leadership Academy, National Officer elections and scholarships. The Torch Awards Program and BPA Cares Program recognize students and chapters, respectively, for their leadership and service to their chapter and community. 

What is our Vision?

Our vision for Business Professionals of America is: To be an innovator in Career and Technical Education, providing our members with opportunities for growth through education, competition, community service and personal development. With 45,000 members in over 1,800 chapters across 25 states and Puerto Rico, BPA is a co-curricular organization that supports business and information technology educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.

BPA State Leadership Conference

Each year, Idaho State University BPA attends a State Leadership Conference in Boise, Idaho. This conference is a chance for students to showcase their skills, build connections, and become leaders. While at this conference, members get to compete with and against members from six different university chapters across the state of Idaho. Events can be anything from Desktop Publishing, Interviewing Skills, Human Resources, Admin Support, and skills with Microsoft or Adobe products. Most are individual competitions, with some being a team competition. Members not only get to connect and work with their own chapter, they get to meet and interact with members across the state. The members can make connections that will last a lifetime. Members can also attend workshops and better themselves to become a better leader. These workshops will help to develop skills that will help them become a leader and prepare for the modern workforce they are headed into. Members also have the opportunity to be elected to the State Officer Team and help lead the post-secondary division of Idaho for BPA. Placing at state will also send you to represent Idaho at the National Leadership Conference, held each year.

BPA State and National Leadership Conferences

State Leadership Conferences:

2024: Boise Centre on the Grove, February 12-14

National Leadership Conferences:

2024 : Chicago, IL, April 25-29

2025: Orlando, FL, May 7-11

2026: Nashville, TN, May 6-10


Brenda Jacobsen

Brenda Jacobsen, PhD

BPA Advisor

Office: Garrison 621

(208) 282-4967