The Black Data Processing Associates and Washington High School of Information Technology are leading students from the classroom to the boardroom. BDPA is a national non-profit organization of professionals working in or having an interest in Computer Science and Information Technology. There are 46 chapters nationwide. The Milwaukee chapter was launched in August 2013 by Carmen Giles who is the Milwaukee Chapter President. The goal of the organization is to empower students by giving them a solid foundation built around information technology and by developing their 21st century soft skills. Students learn the basics in computer application development, database structure, web design, and project management. Eight students from the Milwaukee area successfully completed the program and represented this area in a national competition held in Indianapolis, IN. Pictured are (seated): Daijah Kennedy, Asia Canada, Alvin Cherry, Alicia Sherrod; (standing) Alex Hudson, Xavier Jones, Makyle McIntyre and Vendah Hudson.