GRCC Establishes New Business Professionals of America (BPA) Chapter - Competition Opportunities, Scholarships Available to Student Members

Grand Rapids Community College has established a Business Professionals of America (BPA) chapter, a move that will give their students the opportunity to develop solid business skills through state and national competitions, and give them access to scholarships.

BPA is a leading student organization for students who are interested in pursuing a career in marketing, management, financial services, video production, technology, or office administration. Various BPA-specific transfer scholarships, among other national scholarships, are available to GRCC members.

BPA revolves around state and national competitions. Members get to choose which competitions interest them from 72 different options and are then supplied with free competition coaching and guidance, including competition preparation. The state competition for Michigan will be held in Grand Rapids March 22 -25, 2012.

GRCC’s BPA Advisor Peg Schoenborn, a Business Department instructor, said, “Our students will have a chance to compete against students from other colleges on a national level and gain recognition for mastery of various business and technology skill sets.  Members also have many travel and community service opportunities with BPA.”

The Michigan BPA has been in existence for 40 years.  Post -secondary Level BPA chapters currently exist in 17 states.  Michigan Post Secondary Chapters include:

  • Central Michigan University
  • Davenport University-Grand Rapids
  • Davenport University-Holland
  • Davenport University-Kalamazoo
  • Ferris State University 
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Montcalm Community College
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwood University

Membership in GRCC’s new chapter is open until December 1, 2011. 

For further information about GRCC’s new chapter, please contact Peg Schoenborn, Assistant Professor of Business, at

For more information on BPA and to obtain an application and competition listing, go to

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.