Thursday, June 30, 2011

Diversity/Careers Magazine, 6/30/2011 (Monique Berry, Milt Haynes, Wayne Hicks, Curtis Jenkins, Pamela Sexton)

BDPA Will "Ignite, Inspire and Empower" This Summer in Chicago. The thirty-third annual Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Technology Conference and Career Expo promises exciting new features in addition to the panels, workshops and competitions attendees have enjoyed in past years. It will be held August 3 to 6 at the Hilton Chicago, located downtown on the Michigan Avenue Cultural Mile.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 6/29/2011 (BDPA Baton Rouge)

BDPA HSCC Scholarship Fund. Future workers will have to be technology-savvy before entering the workforce. Yet, for many schools there is the digital divide. This divide is caused by the pre-existing socioeconomic divide in this country coupled with the cost of acquiring and maintain new technologies. In addressing the digital divide in schools grants such as the Technology Innovation Challenge Grants and Technology Literacy Challenge Grants were created and the government, private business and non-profit organizations made strides towards to ensure equal education. One of many organization in the Baton Rouge area that recognizes this is the BDPA Education and Technology Foundation. This group has been in existence since 1992 and has worked to provide community youth with educational programs to guide them down a path of success in a technology career.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

YouTube, 6/15/2011 (Renetta English)

BDPA NY Scholarship and Awards Dinner Invitation. BDPA New York chapter president Renetta English invites you to attend upcoming chapter banquet.

Visit the BDPA New York YouTube channel.

Monday, June 13, 2011, 6/13/2011 (Wanda Gray, Joseph Parker)

Cincinnati students excel at BDPA Midwest Regional High School Computer CompetitionBDPA Cincinnati chapter, a nonprofit organization made up of racially diverse information technology professionals who advance the careers of African Americans from the classroom to the boardroom, stepped up to the challenge by hosting a BDPA Midwest Regional High School Computer Competition (HSCC) and IT Showcase held at Cincinnati State Technical College on June 11, 2011.

Students from Cincinnati, Columbus, Detroit and Los Angeles gathered for an opportunity to compete in oral exams, written tests, presentations and web-based design/programming projects.

Read the full recap of the Midwest Regional event.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Rochester Post-Bulletin, 6/10/2011 (Kris-Ann Hinds)

Century Grad Battles Illness on Her Way to Graduation. When Kris-Ann Hinds graduates from Century High School today, her accomplishment will go well beyond passing grades and test scores. Hinds has remained committed to living life her way, despite being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last year. The qualities that defined her before her illness - determined, optimistic, sharp-witted - continue to shine, if not more brightly, like her smile.

Read the full Rochester Post-Bulletin article.

NOTE: Kris-Ann Hinds is a member of the defending national High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championship team trained by BDPA Southern Minnesota.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Temple University, 6/9/2011 (Howard James)

Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Tea Attracts a New Audience With Local Shop. Assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is a far cry from running a small business focused on organic tea. Howard James, the owner and operator of Tea Country, saw an opportunity to make the leap from corporate America to small business proprietor. After an MBA project at Eastern University steered him in the direction of fine loose-leaf teas, his passion grew for the product. Although information technology is vastly different from brewing green tea, Howard’s love for his work in both fields has contributed to his success.

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NOTE: Howard James is one of the original charter members of National BDPA and a past president of BDPA Philadelphia chapter.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

ComputerUser, 6/2/2011 (BDPA New York)

New York Chapter of BDPA to Host 15th Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner. The New York Chapter of BDPA announced today that it will host its 15th Annual Scholarship & Awards Dinner, on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at UBS, 299 Park Ave, New York, NY. The purpose of the dinner, sponsored by UBS, is to recognize the outstanding contributions of BDPA New York’s 2010-2011 corporate sponsors as well as award scholarships to the chapter\'s student participants of BDPA’s Student Information Technology Education Scholarship (SITES) program. SITES is a program designed to develop the next generation of IT Professionals, and encourage African American youths to explore careers in such traditionally underrepresented fields as Computer Science and Information Technology. To date, the New York Chapter has awarded over $50,000 to deserving New York City area students to pursue their college educations. The chapter will also honor the first recipients of the newly created Small Business Innovator (SBI) and Outstanding Member awards.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology, 6/1/2011 (Renetta English)

BDPA New York President Honored. In celebration of Women's History Month, Renetta English, president of the BDPA New York chapter, was awarded the Chairman's Organizational Leadership Award as an honoree at the tenth annual salute to professional women of the Professionals Network Organization (TPNO, New York, NY) on March 24, 2011. The award program, first implemented in 2001, is given yearly to recognize people working for a better quality of life in the New York City community.

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Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology, 6/1/2011 (Earl Pace)

Earl Pace joins IT Hall of Fame. Earl Pace, founder of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA), has been elected to the Innovators Wing of the IT Hall of Fame.  CompTIA, the nonprofit trade association considered "the voice of the world's information technology industry," honored the inductees at its annual member meeting in Chicago on April 7.

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PR Newswire, 6/1/2011 (Monique Berry, Yvette Graham)

National BDPA and, the source for diversity talent, announced Allstate Insurance, American Airlines, BlueCross BlueShield of IL, NM, OK, & TX, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Northrop Grumman, State Farm Insurance, Wal-Mart Stores, WellPoint and Wells Fargo as the winners of the 2011 Best Companies for Blacks in Technology Award.
"These companies deserve special recognition for promoting a significant number of African Americans into their IT management ranks and for their outstanding community outreach and minority vendor programs," said National BDPA President, Yvette Graham.
Read the full PRNewswire story.