Monday, November 7, 2011

BETF Prepares Students for IT Careers

The BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is making the choice to prepare high school students for global advancements in information technology, but it starts with a student’s choice to want to learn more. BETF addresses the dilemma that educational, technical and career opportunities still reach African Americans and other underserved communities at a very slow pace. Since 1996, BETF has awarded scholarships to high school students to assist with their continued education at over 100 colleges and universities across the country.

BETF is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity established in 1992 to financially support 21st century student education and technology initiatives across the United States. BETF focuses a great deal of our funding on programs and services provided by BDPA at a local and national level.

BDPA was founded in 1975 from concern that people of African descent were not adequately represented in the workforce of the new and emerging computer industry. Today, BDPA is a professional membership organization that encourages and helps to prepare high school and college students pursue careers related to information technology.

Some examples of BETF-funded programs include:
  • Student Information Technology Education and Scholarship (SITES) - Local chapters conduct SITES training programs for K-12 youth in their communities. These programs are designed to expose our youth to the concepts of computers and give them the expertise to develop web applications.
  • High School Computer Competition (HSCC) Alumni - BETF is working with a number of volunteers around the country to make contact with alumni from a quarter century of high school computer competitions. It is our effort to actualize the BDPA continuum of taking our community "from the classroom to the boardroom". We intend to maintain contact with HSCC Alumni throughout their college and professional careers.
  • BDPA IT Showcase - Dr. Jesse Bemley accepted the challenge of creating a program that would (a) provide an outlet for college students to be showcased at the annual BDPA technology conference and (b) encourage our young people to continue their education into Ph.D. programs in science, technology, engineering or mathematics [EXAMPLE]. We want to see the BDPA IT Showcase program expanded in 2010 and beyond.
BETF seeks to establish relationships with individuals and families that recognize the importance of higher education and information technology as positive choices for the youth in our communities to be successful.

BETF provides you with a receipt after your donation for income tax purposes since financial contributions to BETF are 100% tax-deductible. Your choice to help will make the student’s choice to want to learn more easier.

Please choose to give today.

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