Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) strives to prepare students for careers in business and business-related fields. Throughout a variety of club meetings, industry professionals will come and share their professional experiences during club meetings. In addition to club meetings, we attend the FBLA Fall Leadership Conference, VHCC High School Business Competition in the spring, as well as tour the WCYB news studio & the ETSU Digital Media & Design facility in Johnson City, TN. This year, FBLA is looking for members to compete at the local, state, and national levels! This club is sponsored by Business and Information Technology instructors, Ms. Rasnick and Ms. Helton. Club meetings will be in room 219.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has four divisions: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students; FBLA-Middle Level for junior high, middle, and intermediate school students; Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for postsecondary students; and Professional Division for businesspeople, FBLA-PBL alumni, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association. FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state, and national levels.
The FBLA concept was developed in 1937 by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee on February 3, 1942. The national board of directors is comprised of local teachers, state educators, business leaders, and the division presidents. Membership FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches over 11,000 college students. The newest group, FBLA-Middle Level, is showing remarkable growth with over 20,000 student members. Finally, the Professional Division has reached over 3,000 members. Over 11,000 advisers round out the group. Exclusive membership and career recognition programs are designed for each division to provide additional personal and chapter development opportunities.