Zionsville BPA

Business Professionals of America

Business Professionals of America (BPA)

BPA is a co-curricular business club that further enhances our classes by providing students with a real-life, authentic learning environment that extends well beyond the classroom. BPA prepares students for the business world through the skills of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technology. One of the highlights of the organization are its leadership conferences, enabling students to network with both professionals and students, attend leadership workshops, and compete in events against other schools from around the area, state, and country in events based on the following business categories: Finance, Administration, Information Systems, Digital Communication, and Marketing.

Important Dates

February 12 - Torch Awards DUE

March 3 - BPA Monthly Meeting

March 6-8 - State Leadership Conference

April 7 - BPA Monthly Meeting

May 5-8 - National Leadership Conference

*Help sessions will be available every Friday and non-PLC Tuesday before school at 7:30am in Room 604 for assistance in preparing for your contest leading up to State. Please make arrangements with business teachers outside of these dates for more individualized preparation and practice for your events.

BPA State Leadership Conference Meeting

We will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 3, before school, after school, and in the evening to discuss information regarding the State conference. Attendance at one of these meetings is required for ALL students attending State - parents are not required to attend but encouraged if you have questions regarding the conference or would like to know more information.

Meetings will be: 7:30am, 3:30pm, 6:00pm, and will take place in Room 604.


The State Leadership Conference is held March 6-8 at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott. Students will not only compete in events, but also participate in leadership workshops, networking opportunities, and other activities with schools from all around Indiana.

Students are expected to find their own transportation on Sunday, March 6. Arrival times will be finalized once BPA has sent the official program - usually the week before State. Students cannot drive; a bus will return the students back to ZCHS on Tuesday, tentatively around noon.

Please look for more information regarding the conference in future newsletters and emails.

Technology Help Desk

On Saturday, January 30, several BPA students hosted a community technology help desk. Students, individually, taught community members how to work specific technological functions and tasks. Their work was high-lighted in this week's edition of the Times Sentinel.

4th Line Returns

For the 8th consecutive year, the Entrepreneurship classes have organized "4th Line." 4th Line is a student-ran business where Entrepreneurship students are placed in teams to work with community vendors to serve lunch, acting as the "4th" lunch line. Students complete all marketing, operational, and financial tasks associated with the business. Profits raised from the entrepreneurial business venture are used for student scholarships and off-set BPA costs.

Pictured are Brooke Latka, Ashley Harmon, and Emily DeCamp serving the first lunch, Amore' Pizzeria. 4th Line runs every Thursday for eight straight weeks, concluding the week of Spring Break.

Junior Achievement Provided in Intro to Business

The ZCHS Business Department partners with Junior Achievement to provide a curriculum that aligns with our Intro to Business classes. Community volunteers provide one lesson for five straight weeks consisting of Personal Finance topics, such as: Savings, Budgeting, Credit, and Consumer Spending. The curriculum provides both content knowledge and hands-on learning that enhances the daily activities within our classes and allows students to network with a member of the community.

Volunteers this semester are: Matthew Brannon/Interactive Intelligence; Carla Downing/Downing Interactive; Randy Shepard/Regions Bank; and Blake Uhler/Regions Banks.

ZCHS Business Education

The time is here to schedule classes for the 2016-17 school year. The ZCHS Business Education department offers a wide array of classes that provide a specialized focus for every student's specific interest level. Teachers use personal experiences and industry expectations to produce authentic learning opportunities for all students. Enrollment and participation in business classes is for all students - not just those interested in studying business in college but for those striving to be successful as a citizen in life.

Classes offered include: Introduction to Business (dual credit), Intro to Accounting and Advanced Accounting (honors), Entrepreneurship (dual credit, honors), Sports Marketing, Principles of Management (honors), College & Careers, Digital Citizenship, Interactive Media, and Personal Finance.

Please see a business teacher to find the right class for you!