Phi Beta Lambda

This page contains information about FBLA Collegiate (aka PBL) and Cyber Elites, two student organizations that serve the needs of our business, accounting, and technology students.  However, any Chipola student, regardless of selected major, may join FBLA Collegiate. 


FBLA Collegiate (formerly known as Phi Beta Lambda, PBL) is a business-centric organization that any current Chipola College student may join. FBLA Collegiate is the upper-level division of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization, which exists in many high and middle schools. 

FBLA is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) education association and is the largest business career student organization in the world, with more than 200,000 members.

Read more about FBLA-PBL at:

       National FBLA Website: 

       State FBLA Website:  


Chipola FBLA Collegiate (formerly known as PBL) members participate in many activities throughout the academic year -- community service, competitions, fundraising, and college-specific activities.  Through these interactions, members build skills that will make them good employees and good leaders.


FBLA Collegiate encourages students to: 

  • Develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
  • Strengthen confidence in themselves and their work.
  • Create an interest in and understanding of American business enterprise.
  • Create individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business and community.
  • Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.
  • Practice efficient money management.
  • Promote school loyalty and scholarship.
  • Establish occupational goals.
  • Transition from school to work. 


Chipola FBLA Collegiate's Activities:

  • Community Service:  Members participate in numerous community ervice projects, aiding various entities in Jackson and surrounding counties.  Some of the projects/entities are: Senior Day; March of Dimes; Partners for Pets; Jackson County BackPack for Kids; Habitat ReStore; Chipola STEM Projects; Chipola Science Day; Chipola Math Olympiad; the annual FBLA District Competition.
  • College Activities:  PBL members actively represent their organization at the Chipola College's annual Fall Festival and Spring Frolics events, as well as Homecoming.  Go Indians!!
  • State Leadership Conference:  Members interested in competing at the State Leadership Conference (SLC) have numerous competitive events to choose from, often competing in three. Chipola competes against members from other colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools in the state of Florida. Our members typically place in the Top-5 at this conference and qualify to compete at the National Leadership Conference (NLC). NLC is held in one of the five regions of the United States, which allows our members to experience various travel methods (useful experiences for their future business lives).  A few of the national conference locations where PBL members have traveled include:  Anaheim, CA; San Antonio, TX; Nashville, TN; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; and Atlanta, GA.
  • National Leadership Conference:  Qualifying members advance to the National Leadership Conference where they participate in competitive events, leadership/career development workshops, and team building exercises.  Members usually have enough free time to sightsee, and, as mentioned above, the NLC is in a different location of the nation every year, which makes this an interesting trip.


For more information, contact: 

Glenda Bethel, Adviser

(850) 718-2262

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Chipola College introduces our new IT-related student organization, Cyber Elites!  Students who are enrolled in our IT certificate or degree programs should consider joining this organization to enhance their social and technology skills.

For more information about Cyber Elites, contact:

Charles Lynch, Instructor

Office:  Z-227

Office Phone:  850-718-2313