Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA Philadelphia)

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The Philadelphia Chapter of the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA Philadelphia) introduces itself with the line, "Enabling Digital Thought Leadership", and gives the following descriptive information:

BDPA is a national non-profit organization of professionals that work or have an interest in Information Technology. It is a global member focused technology organization that delivers programs and services for the professional well-being of its stakeholders. It was founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1975 amidst concerns that minorities were not adequately represented in the information technology industry. Since its founding, BDPA has grown to more than 40 active chapters across the United States.

As an organization of highly respected Information and Technology professionals BDPA offers a unique opportunity to connect with others to share knowledge amongst a community of peers through:

  • Annual National BDPA Technology Conference.
  • Local Chapter Events.
  • Continuing Education & Professional Development (Events).
  • Academic Scholarships and Mentoring.
  • Career Opportunities.
  • Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities.
  • Community Outreach.
  • Opportunities for leadership.
  • Social Network Communities.

We offer a number of programs geared toward preparing students for a career in the IT field.

  • SITES Program:  The (S.I.T.E.S) program was designed to introduce and inspire minority high school students to the pursue Information Technology and STEM related careers through training classes and seminars. The Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (S.I.T.E.S) program initiative started over 20 years ago by BDPA in an effort to encourage minority students to learn about and hopefully pursue careers in the Information Technology field. This program has grown extensively over the years and is the flagship educational program for BDPA.
  • HSCC Program:  The High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program is a subprogram under the S.I.T.E.S program. It was founded in 1986 by Dr. Jesse Bemley, of Washington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between the Washington, D.C. chapter and the Atlanta, GA chapter has grown to over 20 teams of high school students from chapters across the nation. It is designed to introduce our students to the field of Information Technology, encourage them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become the next generation of IT professionals.
  • YTC Program:  The Youth Technology Camp (YTC) program is a subprogram under the S.I.T.E.S program. This program is held in conjunction with the National BDPA Conference. The program is a three-day event held in each year in August.
  • IT Showcase:  The Information Technology (IT) Showcase Program is a subprogram under the S.I.T.E.S program. It was designed to acquaint students with research techniques, advanced mathematics, emerging technologies in computer science and telecommunications, computational science, geographical information systems (GIS), robotics, and public speaking.