Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SITES Team (Chicago, 2015)

BDPA Chicago is the 2nd-largest chapter in the nation, however, they are making a top-ranked effort to provide meaningful STEM-based training for young people it the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. The SITES program teaches 5th through 12th grade students to create web applications using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, Ajax, and PHP. In addition to technical topics, BDPA Chicago students are coached in effective study habits, presentation skills, professionalism, and leadership.

The top five students in the SITES program will be invited to represent the chapter and the city in the 2015 National BDPA High School Computer Competition championship. Students are judged on participation, homework, and test scores will participate in the national competition.   BDPA Chicago has produced HSCC champions in the past ... can they repeat as champions in 2015?

Back row (L-R):  Richard Alvarez, Lorenzo Bautista, Rakim Verner, Tyrese Cook, DeVaughn Welch, 
Martin Salazar, Abraham Valle, Bernard “Tre” Dickens (trainer/alumni)
Front Row (L-R):  Hadiyah Muhammad, Cassandra Rivera
BDPA Chicago students are encouraged to pursue post-secondary education, be the best that they can be, and encourage others to do the same.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BDPA Joins CompTIA ChannelCon (August 3-5, 2015)

We have some exciting news. National BDPA has partnered with CompTIA.

CompTIA is a non-profit association that advances the global interests of IT professionals and channel organizations. It enables them to be more successful with industry-leading IT certifications and IT business credentials, IT education, resources and the ability to connect with like-minded, leading IT industry experts.

What does this partnership mean for you?   100% complimentary registration to the CompTIA ChannelCon annual industry conference. This fantastic networking and educational conference will take place August 3-5, 2015 at Hilton Chicago in Chicago, IL.  All BDPA members (active or inactive) are welcome to attend the conference. Please register today!

BDPA will be hosting the Conference Welcome Reception on Sunday, August 2nd at 7pm and we welcome your presence.

In addition, active BDPA members are entitled to at least a 40% discount on CompTIA certification exams such as A+, Network+, Security+, among others. You must be current with your membership dues.  Any member wishing to take advantage of this remarkable benefit may email the National Office at info@bdpa.org. Last but not least, there is complimentary individual membership to CompTIA and discounted channel partner membership.

Get access to valuable industry research, networking events and training by becoming a member of CompTIA.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wal-Mart Invests in BDPA One Person at a Time

Globally known for helping people around the world save money and live better, Wal-Mart became a Silver Level Sponsor at this year’s 37th Annual BDPA Technology Conference & Career Fair, August 18-22, 2015 in Washington DC. Wal-Mart agreed to be the primary funding source for 25 college scholarships for the high-performing teams in this year's National BDPA High School Computer Competition.
It is with contributions such as this that we introduced tens of thousands of students to careers in the Information Technology industry. As we celebrate BDPA's 40th Anniversary, we look forward to continued support from Wal-Mart and other interested sponsors as we literally move students ‘from the classroom to the boardroom’," said BDPA co-founder Earl Pace.
Wal-Mart’s investment in BDPA exposes African American youths and professionals to sustaining careers in Information Technology. This year’s generous contribution helps BDPA to strengthen their infrastructure through attendance at the annual Awards Gala and providing scholarships to help students improve their quality of life. Wal-Mart promotes a culture of integrity and provides resources to educate and empower associates to make ethical decisions. With fiscal year 2015 net sales of $482.2 billion, Wal-Mart employs 2.2 million associates worldwide.
Earl Pace, Jr.
Earl Pace added, "BDPA is very appreciative of this support from Wal-Mart. The students benefiting from this contribution to The Dr. Jesse Bemley Scholarship Fund will continue BDPA's active participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through its High School Computer Competition, Information Technology Showcase for high school and college students, as well as Youth Technology Conferences.
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 Wal-Mart or to learn more about the BDPA National Technology Conference in Washington, D.C. as well as sponsorship opportunities, please contact BDPA Corporate Sales Team by email at corpsales@bdpa.org or 301-584-3135 x108.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SITES Team (Charlotte, 2015)

BDPA Charlotte chapter has been working its Student IT Education & Scholarship (SITES) program very hard in 2015. The chapter has introduced middle school and high school students to the concepts of information technology and professional development. Students participate in training sessions that entail creating dynamic web sites using ASP.Net and use of common HTML tags for text formatting. An emphasis has been placed on the .NetC programming language for implementing application logic and connecting to external resources such as databases. Professional development includes business etiquette, speech and exploration of careers in technology.

This is a photo of students engaged in the Saturday computer camp offered by BDPA Charlotte chapter:

Front Row: Christian Ceesay, Dhemonie Teague, Alex Rodriguez, Alexis Belton
Back Row: Bryant Donald, Dequan Bryant, Mariam Adam, Issa Adam, Jeremy Barber Jr., Kayla Fant
Not Pictured: Oliver Mollay, Julius Clark, Candace Clark, Kasaam Lytle, Anthony Vasquez
Please consider supporting these young people as the chapter seeks to fund their college scholarships. You can make a secure online donation today!

Friday, July 24, 2015

BDPA Cincinnati Welcomes New Marketing Department Director – Shelton Graves

Shelton Graves
BDPA Cincinnati chapter, a nonprofit organization made up of racially diverse information technology professionals, announced a new member of its executive team. Shelton Graves was appointed Marketing Department director with the intention of increasing brand awareness of BDPA in the greater Cincinnati area. Shelton Graves is a Tier II IT Technician at North American Properties. At North American Properties he has led multiple IT initiatives that have made the company one of the most innovative midsize multifamily real estate firms in the country. Since coming on board in 2012, his role has been pivotal in the re-branding the IT department through enhanced communication, tools and training. Shelton graduated with a degree in Computer Science from DePauw University.
"BDPA Cincinnati has experienced significant growth in the past year. As marketing director I want to continue to facilitate this growth by leveraging different mediums to market BDPA,” says Shelton Graves. “Not only do we want to increase chapter involvement, we also want to raise awareness about our other community initiatives with digital professionals in the area.”
In his new role, Shelton works with a team of volunteer to coordinate the marketing and public relations efforts for BDPA Cincinnati chapter. This department will implement a marketing campaign that includes a written strategic marketing plan that promotes the chapter’s programs, scholarships and services. Also, the department will create a uniformity of approach, design and strategy that will enable a stronger “branding” for the organization overall.
We look forward to having Shelton join the dynamic and hard working volunteers on the Cincinnati chapter board. Shelton brings a high level of professionalism, commitment, and passion to supporting the mission of BDPA,” says BDPA Cincinnati chapter president Dalric Webb. “Shelton strengthens the team in filling this critical role within the organization and has already taken ownership of the metrics associated with this position.
BDPA Cincinnati chapter is the largest chapter in the nation. The chapter meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Brown Mackie College (1011 Glendale Milford Road; Cincinnati OH 45215).

Thursday, July 23, 2015

BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Supports BDPA Awards Gala

We are pleased that BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan (BCBSM) agreed to purchase a table at the 2015 Awards Gala to support remarkable BDPA students, volunteers and corporate sponsors!

BCBSM's commitment to Michigan is what differentiates it from other health insurance companies doing business in the state. That mission has never changed. With more than 7,000 employees, BCBSM is the largest health insurance company in Michigan. They offer an exciting work environment with a diverse group of employees.

Every year, BDPA hosts its Annual Awards Gala celebration to honor individuals and corporations who have made outstanding contributions to advance the careers of African Americans in the technology industry 'from the classroom to the boardroom'. Over $100,000 in college scholarship funding is announced during this annual event going to high school and college students from all over the nation. This year the annual gala is sponsored by Cigna and Johnson & Johnson.

To become a BDPA partner or sponsor like BCBSM or to learn more about the BDPA Technology Conference in Washington DC, please contact the BDPA Corporate Sales Team by email (corpsales@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135 x108).



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Message from National BDPA President (July 2015)

Pamela Mathews
Can you believe that it’s July already? We have made incredible strides toward achievement of our strategic goals and are well positioned to begin the next 40 years of our existence in grand fashion. Since my last update, we have continued to drive momentum and readiness for:
  • Our 2015 Annual Technology Conference & Career Fair, which will include celebration of our 40th Anniversary;
  • Launch of the Brand rejuvenation campaign;
  • Enhancing Member Benefit Value through increased industry partnership; and
  • Annual Technology Conference & Career Fair site selection for 2016-2017.
Besides the activities mentioned above, we received an overwhelming response to the June incentives from the membership. During the month of June, we had over 600 membership renewals. As a result, we now have over 2,000 active members! As we rejuvenate our brand, programs and services, our reach and effectiveness will increase, further elevating us as the preeminent minority technology organization.

In the March and April updates, I announced that we had solidified our partnership with CompTIA. As a reminder, CompTIA is a non-profit association that advances the global interests of IT professionals and channel organizations. It enables them to be more successful with industry-leading IT certifications and IT business credentials, IT education, resources and the ability to connect with like-minded, leading IT industry experts. Please visit their website, www.comptia.org, for more information about their industry leading programs and certifications.

What does this partnership mean for you?
• Active BDPA members are entitled to a 40% - 50% discount on CompTIA certification exams such as A+, Network+, Security+, among others. You must be current with your membership dues. Any member wishing to take advantage of this remarkable benefit may email the National Office at info@bdpa.org.

Complimentary registration to the CompTIA ChannelCon annual industry conference. This fantastic networking and educational conference will take place Aug 3-5, 2015 at Hilton Chicago. BDPA will be hosting the Welcome Reception on Sunday, August 2 at 7:00 pm. All BDPA members (active or inactive) are welcome to attend both the reception or conference. Please register using this unique discount registration link - https://www.comptia.org/channelcon/registration/registration-form?pc=StaffBDPA

Complimentary individual membership to CompTIA and discount channel partner membership. Get access to valuable industry research, networking events and training by becoming a member of CompTIA http://offers.comptia.org/bdpa/

• During the National BDPA Annual Conference, CompTIA has agreed to provide a handful of training workshops to BDPA members. This is another great reason to register ASAP for the conference. This complimentary training is a valuable member service benefit and I highly encourage you to take advantage of this special opportunity. More details will be in the Conference agenda.

We are less than 30 days out from our 2015 Annual Technology Conference & Career Fair. To ensure we are able to deliver and execute a great Conference, please be mindful of the following:
  1. Chapter Presidents must register their delegates no later than August 8. Please refer to the email sent by the Election and By-Laws Committee on July 6 to complete this process; and
  2. Register for the Conference as soon as possible. This will help us manage expenses and ensure that we are adequately prepared to accommodate you in terms of lodging, meals, etc.
  3. Make your hotel reservation today - https://resweb.passkey.com/go/BDPA2015CONFERENCE
In closing, THANK YOU again for the privilege to serve our great organization as President. Please feel free to contact me at info@bdpa.org if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,
Pamela L. Mathews, president
National BDPA

Monday, July 20, 2015

Cox Enterprises Renews Sponsorship of BDPA

Cox Enterprises agreed to renew its sponsorship of BDPA for the fourth year in a row! The company purchased lifetime membership for its chief information officer, invested in the 37th annual BDPA Technology Conference and became one of the largest investors in the Student IT Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in Atlanta.

Cox Enterprises is a leading communications, media and automotive services company. With revenues of more than $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees, the company's major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications (cable television distribution, high-speed Internet access, telephone, home security and automation, commercial telecommunications and advertising solutions); Cox Automotive (automotive-related auctions, financial services, media and software solutions); and Cox Media Group (television and radio stations, digital media, newspapers and advertising sales rep firms). The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Manheim, Savings.com and Valpak.

Our hope is that this sponsorship commitment by Cox Enterprises will encourage a number of the 50,000 employees to join BDPA.

Please contact BDPA by email (corpsales@bdpa.org) or phone (301.584-3135, x108) if you would like to learn more about the benefits of becoming a corporate sponsor.