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         National Leadership Conference Development Series

        BPA University is designed to enhance the leadership and life skill development of our members. Participants have the opportunity to engage in exciting Academies and development sessions sponsored and provided by partners including Adobe, Certiport, Kick It In, Next Step Academy, Journalism Education Association, Precision Exams and many more! BPA is committed to the development of our membership through professional sessions led by industry experts. Over 1,000 BPA members benefit annually from the course offerings available through the BPA University.

        This year, the BPA University will once again be broken into tracks. The tracks are designed to follow areas defined in the BPA Workplace Skills Assessment Program. Be sure to check back regulary as we begin to build out each track for the 2018 National Leadership Conference in Dallas, TX.



        Digital Communication & Design Track

         

         

        Finance Track

        BPA Investment Challenge Top 10 Final Round Presentations
        Sponsored by:HowTheMarketWorks

        Eligibility: Secondary Division Top 10 Finalists of the HowTheMarketWorks BPA Investment Challenge
        Registration: Finalists will be contacted directly by HowTheMarketWorks in advance of NLC and after the BPA Investment Challenge has concluded.

        Description: For the fourth year running, HowTheMarketWorks is proud to sponsor the BPA Investment Challenge open to all Secondary Division members. Through an online investment challenge simulation at: http://www.howthemarketworks.com/register/76966, participants were given $100,000 to invest across any US stocks, ETFs or mutual funds and competed to build up a Top 10 worthy Portfolio. 

        Following the closing bell of the Investment Challenge in mid-March, the Top 10 performers will be announced and invited to the 2018 National Leadership Conference where they will present their trading strategy in front of a panel of judges. The winning strategy will be awarded a check for $1,000! NLC registration fees for the Top 10 performers invited, and attending the conference, will be reimbursed by HowTheMarketWorks following NLC.

        Prizes will be based on total portfolio returns over the trading competition. A live ranking will be provided, however all results are dependent on a final audit by the HowTheMarketWorks team. The results of the audit are final. Haven’t signed up for the BPA Investment Challenge yet? There’s still time to join the trading and compete for a spot in the Top 10 by going to: http://www.bpa.org/nlc/HowTheMarketWorks

         

        Bank On It Tournament 
        Presented by: AICPA
        Sponsored by: Start Here, Go Places.

        Eligibility: Secondary Division
        Registration: Participants must register in advance using the Conference Registration System. The Tournament will be listed under the ‘Compete’ tab.

        Description: Test your accounting knowledge in the ultimate BPA tournament! Business Professionals of America Secondary students are invited to be a part of the fourth annual, national Bank On It Tournament. Once again, the AICPA’s Start Here, Go Places. has teamed up with BPA to host an in-person “Bank On It Tournament” of pretty epic proportions during the National Leadership Conference in Orlando.

        The tournament will be open to the first 100 Secondary students who register. Did we mention that there will be an award for the Final Four competitors? Don’t miss out on the fun and competition of this year’s national BPA Bank On It Tournament. Not only is there a chance to gain bragging rights for being crowned the best of the best, but students will gain some great brain power from battling it out around the Bank On It game board.

         

         

        Management, Marketing & Communication Track


        Life-Skills Digital Certification Lab
        Presented by: Next Step Academy

        Description: Business Professionals of America is focused on helping members excel and grow personally and professionally and our partners at Next Step Academy share these goals. The catalog of online courses offered to BPA members provides an excellent solution for individuals seeking to succeed. To that end, we invite you to visit the Life-Skills Digital Certification Lab at NLC and earn/complete your Life-Skills Achievement Badge!

        The partnership between Business Professionals of America and Next Step Academy was established on the goal of bringing valuable online learning and life skills training courses to members in an efficient and accessible way.  The collaboration brought about the establishment of the Life Skills Achievement Program, which is designed to introduce members to important components identified by the U.S. Department of Labor and 21st Century Skills as necessary for success in the workplace.

        Members have the opportunity to complete at minimum, six (6) introductory life skills webinars from those listed below to earn their Digital Badge and expand their learning.

        Each course is:

        • Short (less than 30 minutes to complete)
        • Mobile (desktop/laptop, phone or tablet)
        • Full of information (expert advice, quality content, videos, and a quiz)

        Upon completion, learners will receive an electronic badge specifically designed for Business Professionals of America members to tout their accomplishment. This badge can be placed on resumes, shared on social media, sent to employers/potential employers, and more.

        Life Skills Achievement Program Courses (must complete at least six (6) for recognition)

        Use Code BPA1617 when registering for courses unless otherwise noted.

          

         

         

         

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