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The BDPA Insider – November 21, 2010

Posted By Milt Haynes, Sunday, November 21, 2010

 

 

 

What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

 

In this issue:

eWeek.com: IT Management: Non-Certified Technology Skills: the Top 25 Right Now

Why Have You Been Out of Work So Long?

BETF Scholarship Winners (2009-2010)

Can BDPA Expand SITES Program to Elementary School Students With Tech Corps?

ITSMF: Executive Protege Program

Summer Program for High School Students: Science and Engineering Apprenticeship with US Navy

BDPA Chapters on Twitter

BDPA Charlotte Chapter Supports eMentor Program at Garinger New Technology High School

2011 BDPA Chicago Awards Banquet Video

Computer Science Education Week

Not Just For Kids: Facebook For Grown Folks

Buy a Book Once. Read It Everywhere

Mastering the technology of the Mind

 

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eWeek.com: IT Management: Non-Certified Technology Skills: the Top 25 Right Now

By Don E. Sears on 2010-11-12

There’s no secret in the formula: For the most part, the more IT skills you have, the better pay you get. The following alphabetical gallery lists the top 25 skills in technology with increased demand in pay for the third quarter. These are non-certified skills, meaning they don’t necessarily require a technology worker to have a certification, yet they do require experience. These skills were sourced by Foote Partners, a Vero Beach, Fla., technology research company that tracks certified and non-certified IT skills.

 

Click here for more:

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Management/NonCertified-Technology-Skills-the-Top-25-Right-Now-629710/


Why Have You Been Out of Work So Long?

 

Whatever you do, have an answer to the question — why have you been out of work so long? Whatever you say, don't answer, 'Looking for a job.'

 

Click here for more:

http://technology.theladders.com/career-advice/why-have-you-been-out-of-work-so-long


BETF Scholarship Winners (2009-2010)


 

Chris Johnson is chair of the BDPA Foundation Scholarship Committee. He shared an update with the Foundation's board of directors on recent scholarship funds sent to post-secondary educational institutions around the country on the behalf of deserving BDPA student members. 

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/11/betf-scholarship-winners-2009-2010.html


Can BDPA Expand SITES Program to Elementary School Students With Tech Corps?

I drove out to Columbus Ohio today in order to meet with Lisa Chambers, Tech Corps Ohio state director. BDPA Columbus chapter member Andre Young joined us in a discussion about possible strategic alliance with Tech Corps on local and national level.

Lisa shared with me the 15+ years of history for Tech Corps. The group was founded in 1995 by Gary Beach, Publisher Emeritus of CIO Magazine. Tech Corps is committed to enhancing K-12 education through the effective use of technology by recruiting, placing and supporting volunteers and by developing partnerships between schools and the community.

 

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/11/can-bdpa-expand-sites-program-to.html


ITSMF: Executive Protege Program

 

I spent eight years in the Senior Executive Service (SES) with the federal government before striking out to start my own company. It is difficult to travel a career path in the information technology (IT) industry through the glass ceiling to the executive level.

 

One way to make that journey is with the help of a mentor. As such, I can sincerely recommend that any African American IT professional that is currently in a management position ... who feels that (s)he has executive potential should take a moment to learn about the Executive Protege Program (EPP) offered by the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF).

 

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2007/11/itsmf-executive-protege-program.html


Summer Program for High School Students: Science and Engineering Apprenticeship with US Navy

 

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is working with others to create a powerful strategic alliance in 2011 with the Department of Navy. One way that we can help is to raise awareness of Navy programs that would be of interest to BDPA student members.

For example, do you know a high school student who is interested in science and engineering and is looking for an apprenticeship next summer? If so, please let him or her know about the 2011 Science and Engineering Apprenticeship (SEAP) Program.

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/11/summer-program-for-high-school-students.html


BDPA Chapters on Twitter

 

There are a growing number of BDPA chapters with Twitter accounts.  These are local BDPA chapters that wish to reach out to all current, former and future members via the Twitter network.   I encourage any BDPA members on Twitter to take a moment to follow their local chapter as shown on the following list.

 

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/09/bdpa-chapters-on-twitter.html


BDPA Charlotte Chapter Supports eMentor Program at Garinger New Technology High School

 

BDPA Charlotte seeks to provide male mentors for the eMentor program at Garinger New Technology High School. This program is designed to pair up students with professionals in careers related to Information Technology, Science, Math and Engineering.

 

Click here for more:

http://betf.blogspot.com/2010/11/bdpa-charlotte-chapter-supports-ementor.html


2011 BDPA Chicago Awards Banquet Video

 

 

Video posted by Chicago chapter member Millie Liggins provides both a preview of the 2011 chapter awards banquet as well as a review of the 2010 banquet.

 

Click here for more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl6kUTxyroI


Computer Science Education Week

from Where are are Blacks in Technology?

by Kai Ajala Dupe

December 5th thru 11th is Computer Science Education Week.  CSEdWeek 2010 is a call to action to raise awareness about computer science education and computing careers. CSEdWeek is endorsed by the U.S. Congress and is in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906).  You can learn more by visiting http://www.csedweek.org/


Not Just For Kids: Facebook For Grown Folks

Slideshare, 11/18/2010 (Ricardo Wilkins)

 

Not Just For Kids: Facebook For Grown Folks. Ricardo Wilkins gave this presentation to BDPA Columbus chapter members at program meeting held on 11/18/2010. Turnout for the meeting was high and the information shared in the following presentation was timely.

 

Click here for more:

http://www.slideshare.net/ricardo303/not-just-for-kids-facebook-for-grown-folk


Buy a Book Once. Read It Everywhere

from Where are are Blacks in Technology?

by Kai Ajala Dupe

 

I love to learn. I consider myself a lifelong learner. This is why I love to read. I feel that I can learn anything if I can get my hands on a book. In my opinion, the day you stop learning is the day you die.

Most of what I read has to do with personal development since I intend to continue to improve myself as long as I am on the planet.  My goal is to be the best Kai Dupé that I can be before my time is done. The idea that people who continue to learn are the most successful has been documented for many years.

 

Click here for more:

http://whereareblacksintechnology.blogspot.com/2010/11/buy-book-once-read-it-everywhere.html


Mastering the technology of the Mind

from Where Are Blacks In Technology? by Kai Ajala Dupé

 

Recent research by Jane Margolis and Mark Warschauer regarding why certain groups are under-represented in computing suggests that it is a social issue as much as it is an access issue. Much has been written regarding the achievement gap between African Americans and their counterparts.


In virtually every metric of educational achievement African Americans are behind. In this knowledge-based economy, this concern has moved forward with concerns regarding digital equity, and the digital divide, the gap between African Americans and their contemporaries in terms of adoption of technology.

 

Click here for more:

http://whereareblacksintechnology.blogspot.com/2010/11/mastering-technology-of-mind.html


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