RICHFIELD, Idaho (KMVT-TV) The Business Professionals of America club at Richfield Schools is slowly attracting newcomers.
Carmen Buttcane, Richfield Business Teacher and BPA Advisor says, "because students don't understand what BPA is about and the community doesn't understand either."
One of the most common misconceptions is that the members are always wearing business clothes or learning about accounting.
"Well the truth is you do learn skills such as accounting or how to write a business letter or present a speech," says Buttcane.
But really the Business Professionals of America club provides opportunities for the students, they may not get in other clubs.
Sarah Brownlee, a Richfield student says, "BPA allows you to go nationals every year. There's a national leadership conference. Our chapter has had the chance to go to Anaheim, California and Washington, D.C. And we're excited to go possibly to Chicago this year."
According to Buttcane, "the community has been really supportive now because of the things we're doing. They notice that we're building our leadership skills, we're trying to get out there and help our community."
Many of the students in BPA go on to college, increasing their chances for a better future.
"Lots of people have established business careers later on," exclaims Brownlee.