The Student Services Department has the responsibility of a program that’s an intellectually challenging program that builds self-esteem through the mastery of applied computer science. We create a foundation for academic and career success.

BDPA Chicago Chapter train Chicago area youth from 6th grade through college to use technology as a vehicle to learn skills and concepts beyond the technology itself. Prior experience or knowledge of computer science topics is NOT required.

Some of the benefits to participation include:

  • The acquisition of new or expanding existing technical skills
  • Earning the right to demonstrate your skills on a national platform with students from across the nation.
  • Networking with Senior Executives from local and national companies
  • The potential to earn college scholarships.
  • BDPA Annual National Contest:
  • High School Computer Competition (HSCC)
  • Mobile App Development
  • Information Technology (IT) Showcase

BDPA Chicago chapter has trained hundreds of students since the programs’ inception. 98% of our student participants have continued to hone their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in college and in the workplace.

Student Services administers student programs and events that promote student success, coordinates transition of high school students to college student services, recruit new students.  With additional focus on student recruitment, HSCC Program administration, development of programs that promote student success, and partnership with school districts to achieve common goals.

Department Objectives:

  • Administer high school computer competition program
  • Obtain high school credit for students participating in HSCCT in at least one school district
  • Develop high school computer networking program
  • Recruit high school students to become members
  • Coordinate the transition of high school seniors to programs run by College Student Services
  • Develop programs that promote student success in high school and plan for college
  • Administer the Chicago chapter scholarships
  • Manage and host the annual student retreat
  • Develop programs that assist area computer science and information technology students to be successful in school.