National BPA Welcomes New Director of Education
By: National BPA
In this role, McNew will steward the design, development and implementation of innovative education programs for students, advisors and other vested stakeholders. She will also coordinate and engage in strategic planning and grant development to further advance the organization's vision of being a key innovator in Career and Technical Education (CTE).
In addition, she will oversee the development, implementation, distribution and assessment of the organization's keystone Workplace Skills Assessment Program (WSAP), which is considered a primary intra-curricular component of BPA. The WSAP offers over 90 competitive events under five career pathways including Finance, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Digital Communication & Design and Management, Marketing & Communications.
McNew brings 25 years of education experience to the position, nearly 20 of which have been with BPA. She has led and served at every level of the organization, from local and state advisor, to member of the organization's Classroom Educators Advisory Council (CEAC), State Association Advisory Council (SAAC) and Board of Trustees. She has also authored several exams, was awarded with the inaugural National BPA Advisor of the Year Award in 2012 and was most recently honored by the National Association as a 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee.
"We are thrilled to welcome Amber to the National Center staff as she has been a driving force within our organization for many years possessing a demonstrated record of experience and dedication to Business Professionals of America and the students we serve," said Executive Director Dr. LouAnn Ross. "She is focused on developing industry-leading educational programs that will provide our members with opportunities for growth, advancement and success in their future endeavors. Amber exemplifies what we mean by Giving Purpose to Potential."
McNew lives in Kansas where she is currently a business teacher and department chair at Maize South High School in Wichita. She holds various degrees and certifications including a BA in Business Education, BS in Comprehensive Business Administration, MS in Education, MS in School Leadership, and Certifications and Credentials in Vocational, Business and Global Career Development.
BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA, Inc. (BPA) is the leading Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students pursuing careers in business management, information technology, office administration, marketing and other related career fields. Established in 1966, BPA is dedicated to developing and empowering student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional growth and service. The organization serves secondary, post-secondary and middle level students and educators by offering programs based on national standards. For more information, visit: www.bpa.org.
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