THE MILWAUKEE BLACK DATA PROCESSING ASSOCIATES (BDPA)
Every year, the Milwaukee Chapter of the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) will take students to the National Conference to BDPA High School Coding Competition (HSCC). Students will study January to July at MSOE's WE Energies STEM Center each Saturday that school was open. Students will receive instruction on web design using HTML, CSS, and PHP. The program provides a way for students to build web applications, learn project management, and develop 21st century skills such as developing a resume, elevator speech, dressing for success, and other skills necessary to succeed.
The training they receive is valuable, as the U.S. Department of Labor projects that in the near future 1 out of every 2 technology jobs will be in Information Technology.
The skills that students learn in HSCC are currently used by professionals earning $50,000 to $70,000 per year to start.
HISTORY OF BDPA HSCC
The BDPA was founded in 1986 by Dr. Jesse Bemley, of Washington, D.C. What started as a two-team event between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Ga. has grown to over 20 teams of various high school students from chapters throughout the nation.
It’s all designed to introduce our Youth to the field of Information Technology, encourage them to seek higher levels of education, and groom many of them to become our next generation of IT professionals.