Baton Rouge

BDPA Baton Rouge is the 30th largest chapter in the nation. They want to make a major move up the membership rankings by hosting their first membership drive on Monday, April 14, 2008 at Southern University's John B. Cade Library. This membership drive is part of the comprehensive 2008 strategic plan promised by the chapter leadership when they were chartered as the newest BDPA chapter in February.

IT professionals in Louisiana are encouraged to invite your friends and family to meet the professionals and students involved in BDPA. Learn how you can support the BDPA Baton Rouge IT training team as a student, mentor or assistant. There will be food, fun and door prizes! So please pass the word.

Here are the logistics:

Date: - Monday, April 14, 2008
Time: - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Place - John B. Cade Library
Southern University

Please RSVP with Joe McMahon, BDPA Baton Rouge chapter president. Of course, we hope that you will leave a COMMENT below if you want to congratualate Joe and the other new members of our Louisiana-based chapter!

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BDPA Baton Rouge student members Travis Lee and Ericka Plant were each awarded $1,389 in scholarship funding from Oracle Corporation to pursue degrees in the fields of science and technology.  There were two presentations of the scholarship in Baton Rouge. 

The original presentation was made during a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Baton Rouge.  The dais for this presentation was shared by Baton Rouge mayor-president Kip Holden.

The second presentation was at Scotlandville Magnet High School ... the school attended by both Travis and Ericka.  Chapter president Randy Powe made this presentation ... which included the scholarship checks ... during a Black heritage celebration hosted by the student body.

You can learn more about the BDPA Baton Rouge chapter here.

BlueCross BlueShield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) published the following article in their internal newsletter:
BCBSLA employees and sisters Glenda Chappell (Senior Programmer Analyst, Actuarial Systems) and Billie Davis-Lomas (Senior Business Engineering Analyst, IT-Medical Management/Managed Care) spend their Saturday mornings preparing local teens for their futures in higher education and the workforce.
Billie Davis-Lomas, far left, and her sister and Blue Cross coworker Glenda Chappell, far right, pose with some of the teens they mentor through Black Data Processing Associates.

Chappell and Davis-Lomas work with an organization called BDPA Baton Rouge (BDPA-BR). Chappell is one of the chapter’s charter members. Both sisters have been involved in the organization for decades, serving in cities across the nation.

BDPA-BR provides hands-on computer training and skill-building exercises for local students. With an emphasis on team building, presentation skills and professional etiquette, each BDPA class is led by local volunteer mentors like Chappell and Davis-Lomas. Students are guided by their mentors to compete for scholarships at regional and national conferences, which are often attended by top-level executives from companies like Microsoft and QVC.

We don’t just teach them computer skills. We teach them how to conduct themselves in a professional setting, which is something they can always use,” says Davis-Lomas.

The students are very enthusiastic and eager to start creating projects,” Chappell adds. “It’s very rewarding to see them succeed.”

BDPA-BR is open to all middle- and high-school students, and the Baton Rouge chapter targets those considered “at-risk” because of socioeconomic factors. BDPA-BR is a professional organization for information technology professionals, providing community service and professional development opportunities for its members. The group is open to those working in the IT field and other technology-focused careers.

If you are interested in supporting BDPA-BR, the organization is looking for members, volunteer instructors and financial support for supplies and conference fees. BDPA-BR is on Blue Cross’ list of qualified non-profit organizations for which the company will match financial gifts beginning at $100 (up to $1,500 annually).

To learn more about BDPA, visit their website or follow the group on Facebook or Twitter. You may also contact them by e-mail.
I have known Glenda and Billie for many years. BDPA Baton Rouge is lucky to have both of them as chapter leaders. I look for great things to come from Louisiana in the coming months and years!

Check out the Baton Rouge Chapter website

Edited Sat, Jul 19, 2014 3:53 PM

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