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BDPA Student Members launch high-tech careers with America’s Navy
Durham, NC —Ensign Raven Stevenson becomes National BDPA’s first High School Computer Competition (HSCC) alumna to receive a Commission in the United States Navy and U.S. Armed Forces. Her “First Salute” was captured live during Naval ROTC Commissioning ceremonies for the Class of 2013 at Duke University.
“First Salutes” are long standing traditions requiring newly commissioned officers to give silver dollars to recipients of their very first salute showing respect for those superior enlisted personnel who helped the new officer achieve commissioned status.
Annapolis, MD —Ensign David Parker BDPA Student Member, received his commission as a Navy Officer from the United States Naval Academy on Friday, May 22, 2015. Vice President Joseph Biden presented keynote remarks during graduation ceremonies to new Navy Ensigns and Marine Second Lieutenants at Navy Marine Corps Stadium. Ensign Parker is launching his new career with the U.S. Navy’s ‘Silent Service’ — submarines.
Reuters – Computer maker Dell, Inc. said on Monday it had agreed to buy data storage company EMC Corp in a $67 billion record technology deal uniting two mature companies to create an enterprise technology powerhouse. Dell plans to pay $24.05 a share in cash plus tracking stock in EMC’s prize holding, VMware Inc., valued at about $9 for each EMC share, both companies said in statements Monday. Learn more…
￩ Washington–Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski (front, center) commends students for forging new cyber careers to protect our nation from things we can’t see. “Prince Georges County is the epicenter of cyber security education in the state of Maryland and in the Nation,” Mikulski said. BDPA Student Members James Coleman (3rd from left), Christopher Diaz (2nd from right), and Charlene Robinson (right) are Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) Cyber Challenge team members.
Washington, DC–President Obama hosted a demo day at the White House on his birthday, Tuesday, August 4, 2015, for startups aimed at increasing diversity in technology within underserved minority communities to boslter minority start-ups. Millions of dollars were pledged from Industry to invest in these new initiatives.
Washington – National BDPA, formerly known as Black Data Processing Associates, celebrated 40 years of community service and technology inclusion programs during the organization’s national technology conference recently held in Washington, D.C.