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Our History

The Early Years Vocational Education was passed. The need for a student organization for students enrolled in career, technical, office, and business programs is recognized. 1963 First Affiliates The Vocational Education Clubs of America (VOECA) is formed by Iowa, Kansas, and Wisconsin. Articles of incorporation are filed with the Office Education Association (OEA) with these states as the first three affiliates. 1966 First National Conference The first national conference is held in Greenlake, Wisconsin. 1967 A National Presence A National office is established for the Office Education Association in Columbus, Ohio. 1971 Permanent Residence The current headquarters for Business Professionals of America is purchased at 5454 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. 1982 BPA is Born Image reform recommendations from a market study done four years earlier were implemented and OEA becomes Business Professionals of America (BPA). 1988 Milestone Achieved The mortgage for the National Center is paid off and burned in a ceremony at the National Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. 1992 A New Division Our Middle Division is approved by BPA's Corporate Board after a pilot program conducted by Delaware, Florida, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. 2003 More Growth For the first time, our newly created Middle Division participates in BPA's National Leadership Conference. 2004 Safety First Growing concern over the spread of the H1N1 influenza virus causes the first rescheduling of a National Leadership Conference ever in Dallas, Texas. 2009 Fifty Years Business Professionals of America celebrates five decades of student achievement with it's 50-year anniversary in Boston, Massachusetts. 2016
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