Founded as the Black Data Processing Associates in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly, BDPA was created to bring underrepresented minorities together who were working in the information technology and computer science field for the purpose of professional development and academic enrichment.
As of date, BDPA is an international organization with a diverse membership of professionals and students at all levels in the fields of information technology, computer science and related S.T.E.M fields. Members are actively engaged in serving the community through outreach and charting the future of the IT industry.
The organization trains 800 to 1200 high school students across the nation every year in computer programming and web development and has trained more students to write code than any other non-profit organization in the United States since 1986. BDPA has an awesome scholarship program which is generously supported through sponsorships, and offers over $100,000 annually in cash awards to high school and college students.
The Twin Cities Chapter is focused on championing the next generation of IT leadership. As an organization staffed entirely of highly respected professionals in the Information Technology, we offer unique opportunities to connect members and students with cutting edge technologies and education.