Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP)

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Business Professionals of America (BPA)


The Birth of a Business Titan

Let's rewind the clock a bit. The year? 1966. The event? The formation of the Office Education Association (OEA). But you might know it better as the Business Professionals of America (BPA). This isn't just any student organization. BPA has a rich history of molding students into global professionals, enhancing their leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. And if you're a student at the Middle, Secondary, or Post-secondary level, BPA has got something for you. 1

The WSAP: Not Your Average School Project

Enter the Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP). This isn't your run-of-the-mill school project. It's a competitive events program that's a core component of BPA. The goal? To give all business students a platform to flaunt their workplace skills. We're talking about skills they've honed through rigorous business education curricula.

Students can dive into over 90 categories spanning six assessment areas. Whether you're into finance, business administration, digital communication design management, or health administration, there's a category with your name on it. And the best part? Through the WSAP, students get to:

  • Show off their occupational competencies
  • Broaden their knowledge, skills, and attitudes
  • Flex their leadership and human relation muscles
  • Showcase their competitive spirit
  • And, of course, bask in the glory of recognition

From Rookie to Pro: The WSAP Journey

So, how does one embark on this epic journey? It all starts with a regional competition. Those who shine here move on to the state conference. And the crème de la crème? They get to compete at the National Leadership Conference held every May. Whether you're a lone wolf or a team player, there's a competition tailored just for you. From objective tests to judged presentations, each challenge is designed to prep students to be part of a skilled national workforce.

Virtual Competitions: Because Why Not?

In today's digital age, why should competitions be limited to physical locations? BPA gets it. That's why they offer virtual competitions at the national level. And guess what? All BPA student members can participate. No regional or state competitions to qualify. It's all about supporting students who have the zeal to compete at a national level but might be restricted due to travel limitations.

A Little About BPA: More Than Just an Acronym

BPA isn't just another student organization. It's the nation's leading Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). With a whopping 45,000 members spread across 25 states, Puerto Rico, and even international locations like China, Haiti, and Peru, BPA is a force to be reckoned with. Their mission? To support business and IT educators by offering co-curricular exercises based on national standards.

In Conclusion

If you're a student with a passion for business and a competitive spirit, the BPA's WSAP is your golden ticket. Not only does it offer a platform to showcase your skills, but it also provides invaluable experiences, networking opportunities, and the chance to be recognized on a national level. So, gear up, dive into the challenge, and let the world see what you're made of!

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