Sunday, May 24, 2015

Yusuph Mkangara Uses Bemley Scholarship at Harvard University

Yusuph Mkangara
We last heard from Yusuph Mkangara when he returned home after his first experience in the 2010 national High School Computer Competition (HSCC) championship. Since then this remarkable young man returned with his BDPA Columbus teammates to take home the bronze medal at the 2011 national HSCC championship ... earning a Bemley Scholarship. He graduated from high school and is now in his second year at Harvard University.

We asked this young man to update our audience on his educational journey:

My name is Yusuph Mkangara. I am from Columbus, Ohio and my family and I are originally from Tanzania. I participated in HSCC in 2010 and 2011 as a freshman and sophomore. I had never really thought about information technology as a career path but the program certainly paid dividends as our representative team from Columbus went on to take third place in 2011.
I received my high school diploma in 2013 and I am now attending Harvard University. My joint/double major is African Studies and Sociology. While I do not have a set career path yet, I am interested in the field of education and hope to teach and conduct research in education after graduation. In the past year, I have been fortunate enough to conduct research with the guidance of a professor at Harvard and a full research team as a partnership with a local Boston Area high school.
Rest assured, my interest in information technology and computer science is still alive and well. While my trajectory is not typical of those in the STEM fields, I am hoping to later on integrate IT skills in my work in education. One of the things that most excite me about the classroom of “tomorrow” is that technology has the potential to play a transformative role in how we approach education. I think with both technological know-how and experience as a teacher and researcher, I will be in a great position to innovate the field of education by using skills that I first began learning during preparation for my first HSCC."

Yusuph is an example of the powerful stories being told by all of the young people who participate in the K-12 STEM programs implemented by BDPA at a local, regional or national level. Many individuals and corporations see that BDPA is preparing and enabling the next generation of technology, STEM and digital thought leaders.

You can help! Please take a moment and make a donation to our Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Open Letter to Congressional Black Caucus from BDPA Member

Frank Anderson
To all of the Congressional Black Caucus members,

I’m writing in response to the article I read in the USA Today titled ‘Congressional Black Caucus seeks measures to improve tech diversity’. I have been in the Information Technology business for over 30 years. Over my career, I have seen some progress only to be followed by some digression in the information systems. Therefore, I was excited when I read about the 1.4 million new tech jobs being created. I’m in agreement with the Congressional Black Congress about ensuring that a large segment of the new hires are African Americans. There will be several things that would need to be put in place for that to become a reality. We need to ensure our community embraces technology, develop relationships with the business community and align with professional minority technology organizations.

I belong to a Black nonprofit organization known as BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates). For 40 years, since 1975, BDPA through its more than 45 chapters across the United States has promulgated the upward mobility of African Americans in Information Technology. Through local chapter program meetings, workshops, local community outreach and its Annual Conferences it has become the largest technology organization representing minorities in the nation. Its mantra is 'from the classroom to the boardroom'.

BDPA has given me the ability to embrace technology with the various levels of experiences of people that I have met since joining the organization in 1989. Secondly, its membership has allowed me to develop important relationships within the business community. Finally, during the early stages of my career, there were countless mentors that shared my common experiences that kept me on the path to my successful career.

To the Congressional Black Caucus, I believe that BDPA is ideally suited to help America reach your stated goal to ensure that a fair share of the 1.4 million new tech jobs can become a reality for the African American community and not just a wishful pursuit. I encourage you to reach out to our national BDPA president Pamela Mathews by email (president@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135 ext. 111) and forge a strategic alliance that will make a difference for Blacks in technology.

Sincerely
Frank L. Anderson, Member
BDPA Chicago
Twitter: @fander4276
Phone: (312)636-9340

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Message from the BDPA Cincinnati Chapter President

Dalric Webb
Spring has arrived! Hopefully you will be excited at the most recent news about your chapter entering into the second month of this quarter has the LARGEST chapter amongst the 46 BDPA chapters nationwide! Reaching NUMBER ONE status is no simple accomplishment and takes the coordinated efforts of all of our volunteer leaders as well as our ability to deliver programs and activities that are of interest and value to the members of our communities. Congratulations to all!

Our VP-Member Services Karen Lipscomb and her team completed the first phase of our 2015 computer camp program. Over 20 dedicated middle and high school students completed our 13-week (every Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm) program at Cincinnati State Technical College. Congratulations to all the students who participated and to the seven students who will proceed forward into phase two of the program. You can read more about the students and their projects here. We are very much looking forward to the BDPA Midwest HSCC regional being held on June 20, 2015. This event allows our students to practice the skills and techniques to WIN at the national technology conference in August 2015!

Speaking of winning, the June program meeting is one you CERTAINLY do not want to miss featuring Kevin Murray speaking on the 'Internet of Things'! This is another great informative session you do not want to miss! As always, all are welcomed and we encourage you to bring a friend. Register to attend this session by clicking here.

As we turn out attention towards the hot and lazy days of summer rapidly approaching, with school being out for most students, be sure to stay closely connected to your BDPA chapter for great opportunities such as the Xavier University Summer STEM Program for Girls or the 2015 Reaching for the Stars Leaders of the Future program. BDPA in its partnerships within the local community will share information of this nature to our members as soon as it is available. We hope you find it useful for yourself or for others.

Our next social event is the annual BDPA Cincinnati Cookout being held on June 27, 2015. We hope to see you there for this fun and engaging opportunity to meet and greet your fellow BDPA members! Our most recent social event was held at Margaritaville. A fun time was had by all. Check out the pictures and attendee comments by clicking here. You can find our entire calendar of events at our BDPA Cincinnati Groupsite or to register to attend any of our events. Please share your input and feedback on these events and any others you would like to see or participate in. We value your opinion and recommendations.

There are still a couple of opportunities to join the BDPA Cincinnati Board of Directors and volunteer your time and energy towards making a positive difference in the lives of others. Won’t you step forward to join the team? Please take a look at the currently vacant positions listed on our chapter landing page. Also, we have several volunteering opportunities within each of the business areas that might be more of a match for your particular interest in giving back. Send me an email and lets chat about it.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!

Sincerely,
Dalric Webb, President
BDPA Cincinnati Chapter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Booz Allen Hamilton Seeks Diverse Technology Talent via BDPA

BDPA is pleased to welcome on board a brand new corporate sponsor -- Booz Allen Hamilton. The company seeks to recruit diverse technology talent via the BDPA Job Board and the annual Career Fair being held in Washington DC on August 21-22. Also, the company registered four of its technology consultants to obtain the world-class professional development offered at the 37th Annual National BDPA Technology Conference.

Booz Allen Hamilton has been at the forefront of strategy and technology consulting for 100 years. Today, Booz Allen is a leading provider of management consulting, technology, and engineering services to the US government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. The firm is a well-known, trusted, and long-term partner to many BDPA sponsors, who seek its expertise and objective advice to address their most important and complex problems.

We encourage you to add your current resume to the BDPA Job Board as Booz Allen will be aggressively seeking new talent over the coming weeks and months. The company plans to interview and hire folks during the two days of the career fair as well.

You can learn more about the benefits of the BDPA corporate sponsorship program by calling us on (301) 584-3135, ext. 108.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MTC Integration 'Three-Peats' as a BDPA Corporate Sponsor

Masai Troutman
BDPA is proud to announce that MTC Integration renewed its corporate sponsorship for the third year in a row. MASAI Technologies Corporation (dba “MTC Integration”) is a HubZone, SDB and Minority Business Enterprise. Since 1997, MTC Integration has developed a reputation for delivering excellence in Business Management and Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) implementation and sustainment management services. MTC Integration provides strategic consulting, business system integration and application services, technology solutions and managed services to commercial companies and government organizations.

BDPA appreciates the efforts of MTC Integration chief executive officer Masai Troutman as he reaches out to engage college students in BDPA. Over the past three years, his funding has been used to sponsor memberships at the following colleges or universities:
  1. Capitol Technology University
  2. George Washington University
  3. Kaplan University
  4. Lincoln University
  5. Notre Dame University
  6. Paul Smith's College
  7. Peirce College
  8. Per Scholas (2)
  9. Rainy River Community College
  10. University of Minnesota
  11. University of Wisconsin
Mr. Troutman plans to attend the 2015 National BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC later this year. Make a point to reach out and thank him for the difference that he is making! In the meantime, we encourage you to contact our corporate sales team via email (corpsales@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135 ext. 108) if you want to emulate MTC Integration with your own company!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

McDonalds Becomes BDPA Bronze Level Sponsor

McDonald’s agreed to renew its Bronze Level sponsorship of BDPA. The investment supports two BDPA regional conferences, leadership panels and other professional development aspects of the upcoming 37th Annual National BDPA Technology Conference & Career Fair held August 19-22, 2015 in Washington DC. This represents over a decade of BDPA sponsorship for the global food service retailer.

Since 1955, McDonald’s has been proud to serve the world some of its favorite food. And along the way, they have managed not to just live history, but create it: from drive-thru restaurants to Chicken McNuggets and much more. It’s been quite the journey, and they promise this is just the beginning.
Pamela Mathews
McDonald's has been a trusted partner in providing support and engagement to BDPA,” said National BDPA President Pamela Mathews. “As we approach our national technology conference, we appreciate McDonald’s commitment to our mission and are pleased to continue our partnership. We are honored to have McDonald's by our side as a Bronze Level Sponsor.
Founded in 1975, BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. BDPA has 46 chapters across the United States and is the largest African American information technology association in the country. BDPA continues to fulfill its mission and work to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members.

To become a BDPA partner or sponsor like McDonald’s or to learn more about the BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC, please contact BDPA Corporate Sales Team by email at corpsales@bdpa.org or 301-584-3135 x108.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

State Farm Supports BDPA Mobile Application Showcase

State Farm has a rich history of giving back to the community and this year was no exception when State Farm became a BDPA Silver Level Sponsor for the 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference & Career Fair, August 18-22, 2015 at the Washington Hilton.  State Farm was founded in 1922 by retired farmer and insurance salesman George Mecherle. They now insure more cars and homes than any other insurer in the United States. A mutual company focused on its policyholders, State Farm is currently ranked number 41 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies (www.statefarm.com).

Recognized for over eight decades as a "good neighbor," State Farm agreed to support the BDPA Mobile Application Showcase by providing college scholarships for the winning entries. The number of students competing in the showcase this year as tripled since its inauguration in 2014.
Jason Gibson
Jason Gibson, BDPA Central Illinois Chapter President said, “I am inspired by State Farm's commitment to STEM and the BDPA mission.”
Founded in 1975, BDPA is the premier organization for African American professionals in the information technology industry. BDPA has 46 chapters across the United States and is the largest African American information technology association in the country. BDPA continues to fulfill its mission and work to bridge the digital divide by providing career growth opportunities for its members.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with State Farm in 2015. As we approach the celebration of our 40th year, we appreciate the willingness and support of State Farm as we seek to advance careers from the classroom to the boardroom,” responded Pamela Mathews, National BDPA President.
To become a BDPA partner or sponsor like State Farm or to learn more about the National BDPA Technology Conference, please contact BDPA Corporate Sales Team by email at corpsales@bdpa.org or (301) 584-3135 x108.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tec-Link Joins the Entrepreneur Showcase at 2015 BDPA Conference

Derek Holmes (president, Tec-Link) agreed to join the Entrepreneur Showcase being planned for our 37th annual BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC. The company will have a booth at the 2-day career fair being held on August 21-22, 2015.

Tec-Link provides qualified and experienced talent to enterprise IT departments for computer software applications development. The company performs nationwide talent recruitment, background screening and employment services. Their services allows workforce flexibility for today's rapid information technology challenges in the marketplace.

Derek Holmes
Derek and his company sponsored the annual dues for 20 college students to join BDPA earlier this year.  The students came from the following colleges and universities (with the assigned chapters in parenthesis):
  1. Kaplan University Online (New York)
  2. Lakeland Community College (Cleveland)
  3. Morgan State University (Baltimore)
  4. Norfolk State University (Hampton Roads)
  5. Sanford-Brown (Chicago)
  6. Temple University (Philadelphia)
  7. University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati)
  8. University of Connecticut (Hartford)
  9. University of Pittsburgh (Washington DC)
  10. Wayne State University (Detroit)
BDPA wants all of its entrepreneurs and business owners to find ways to showcase themselves as sponsors and exhibitors during the conference.   If your company is interested ... please reach out to the BDPA corporate sales team by email (corpsales@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135 x108).

Monday, April 20, 2015

BDPA Showcases Capitol Technology University at the Career Fair

Xavier Richards (Capitol Technology Univ)
BDPA is pleased to announce that Capitol Technology University (formerly, Capitol College) will exhibit at the 2015 Career Fair being held during the 37th annual BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC in August. Capitol Technology University is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business.

Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates, and partnerships with government and industry. Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical especially during these challenging economic times.

BDPA will encourage all of its student members to drop by and visit the Capitol Technology University booth during the conference!