ITA News

ITA Honors Class of 2017

Tue June 6, 2017

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, 37 high school students were honored for completing UW-Madison’s Information Technology Academy (ITA), an initiative to provide intensive technology and college preparatory support to diverse and low-income students. All 37 students in this year’s graduating class were admitted to college. Fifteen of them gained admittance to UW-Madison, of whom fourteen…

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An ITA Tradition: Senior Send-Off

Fri June 2, 2017

As the Information Technology Academy (ITA) Class of 2017 students prepare to graduate the program, they took part in the Senior Send-Off. At this annual tradition, students share their post-high school plans, a favorite ITA memory and a few words of wisdom for younger students in the ITA programs. For the seniors, the short talks…

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ITA Students Make Video Games for Nuestro Mundo Elementary

Fri May 5, 2017

On April 25, 2017, Information Technology Academy (ITA) took ITA Madison Student Ambassadors to Nuestro Mundo Elementary School for a Technology Road Show. The annual event aims to engage younger students through technology-based projects, and it is an opportunity to expose the elementary school community of students, teachers, and administrators to ITA’s program and mission.…

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ITA Students Inspired by Silicon Valley Trip

Tue May 2, 2017

Over their April spring break, Information Technology Academy (ITA) students traveled California’s Silicon Valley to complete a week-long study tour of a region known for technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Ten ITA Madison students and one student from ITA’s Tribal Technology Institute (ITA-TTI), toured major technology companies, including Adobe, Cisco, Google, intel, Intuit, and Zendesk. At…

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ITA-TTI 2017 Spring Conference: A Success

Tue April 18, 2017

Thirty-four students from the Information Technology Academy’s Tribal Technology Institute (ITA-TTI) Oneida and Lac du Flambeau programs recently spent three days in Madison for the ITA-TTI 2017 Spring Leadership Conference. After months of planning, the conference was held from March 31 to April 2. The Spring Conference is part of an effort to connect tribal students with each other,…

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ITA Students Win National Center for Women & IT Awards

Mon February 27, 2017

The Information Technology Academy (ITA) is proud to announce that the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) honored four ITA Madison students in the 2017 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) competition. NCWIT is a non-profit community of nearly 900 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations dedicated to increasing girls’ and women’s…

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ITA Community Celebrates Accomplishments

Tue December 13, 2016

Hundreds of Information Technology Academy (ITA) community members attended the 18th Annual Holiday Luncheon on Saturday, December 10, 2016, where students showcased their work and CIO Bruce Maas gave the keynote address. ITA includes the ITA Madison program and the two ITA’s Tribal Technology Institute (ITA-TTI) programs in Oneida and Lac du Flambeau. In addition to…

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Office of Cybersecurity Visits ITA Madison

Mon November 28, 2016

The UW-Madison’s Office of Cybersecurity staff visited the Information Technology Academy (ITA) Madison session on Saturday, November 19 in a four-part educational workshop series on cybersecurity. Chief Information Security Officer Robert Turner introduced the series before handing it over to Stefan Wahe who led nearly 120 ITA Madison students through best practices for passwords and…

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ITA-TTI Champions Native November on Campus

Tue November 1, 2016

In recognition of Native American Heritage Month, Information Technology Academy’s Tribal Technology Institute’s (ITA-TTI) Program Manager, Christopher Kilgour, helped plan UW-Madison’s Native November events. Highlights of the month include Academic and Career Advising for Native Communities on November 2nd, the “Protecting the Water: The Importance of the Protest at Standing Rock” presentation on November 14th…

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ITA & Partners Host Sesame Street Workshop

Mon September 12, 2016

This summer, the Information Technology Academy (ITA) had the fortune to host the Sesame Street Workshop, a nationally renowned workshop designed to help “teach to empower” students through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. ITA’s Technology Services Manager AJ Daughtry Krill, E-line Media’s Research and Program Manager Allison Mishkin, and Madison Public Library’s…

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ITA’s First Residential Experience a Success

Tue August 23, 2016

Nearly forty-five 60-hour student internships on campus and at community organizations. Three orientations for 51 new students. Six two-week day sessions for 98 students across three locations in Wisconsin. One two-week residential session for 40 rising seniors. These activities were all part of a busy, student-centered summer for pre-college outreach program, the Information Technology Academy…

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ITA Madison Juniors Take on Internships and Scratch

Tue June 28, 2016

We’re in the first summer session’s final week of the Information Technology Academy summer internship program. For the past two weeks, rising ITA Madison juniors have spent mornings at internships on UW-Madison’s campus and the afternoons doing technology coursework, which included learning Scratch, a free programming language used to create interactive stories, games and animations.…

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ITA Honors Class of 2016

Mon June 6, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, twenty-six Madison high school students were honored for completing UW-Madison’s Information Technology Academy (ITA), an intensive technology training and college preparatory program. All twenty-six students in this year’s graduating class are planning to attend higher education institutions this fall, and eight of them will be attending UW-Madison. The graduation celebration was…

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Gabriel Saiz Named Presidential Scholar

Fri May 6, 2016

The Department of Education has named Gabriel Saiz, an ITA Madison student, a U.S. Presidential Scholar. He will travel to Washington, D.C. to receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House in June. In addition to excelling in academics, Saiz has established himself as a social justice advocate. A Ponca tribe member,…

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Urban League Honors ITA at Emerge Gala

Tue May 3, 2016

The Urban League of Greater Madison Young Professionals honored the Information Technology Academy (ITA) at its Third Annual Emerge Gala on April 30, 2016. The Emerge Gala recognizes outstanding young professional leaders and their contributions to the community. This year, ITA was selected to receive a portion of the event benefits. ITA Executive Director, Dr.…

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ITA Brings the Fun & Games to Emerson Elementary

Fri April 29, 2016

On April 26, 2016, Information Technology Academy (ITA) took ITA Madison Student Ambassadors to Emerson Elementary School for a Road Show. The annual event aims to engage younger students through technology-based projects, and it is an opportunity to expose the elementary school community of students, teachers, and administrators to ITA’s program and mission. Upon suggestion…

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ITA Student Named Semifinalist for Presidential Scholars Award

Thu April 28, 2016

Gabriel Saiz, a senior at West High School in Madison and student in Information Technology Academy’s Madison program, has been named one of the 12 Wisconsin semifinalists for the 2016 Presidential Scholars award. One female and male will be named finalists for Wisconsin and travel to Washington, D.C. to meet finalists from across the nation…

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ITA-TTI 2016 Spring Conference: A Success

Twenty-eight students from the Information Technology Academy’s Tribal Technology Institute (ITA-TTI) Oneida and Lac du Flambeau programs recently spent four days in Madison for the ITA-TTI 2016 Spring Leadership Conference. After months of planning by ITA-TTI Program Manager Christopher Kilgour, Academic Instructor Brenda Gonzalez Vazquez, Administrative Assistant Cassandra McNeal, and Student-Employees Bobbi Skenandore, Eddie Ukoeninn,…

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Partnerships & Projects Exhibited at Showcase 2016

Wed March 16, 2016

Union South’s Varsity Hall was buzzing this morning with hundreds of staff members sharing and “stealing” great ideas at the poster session for the 17th Annual UW-Madison Showcase. Showcase is a platform for people across campus to share best practices and learn from each other in order to improve work processes, learning environments and the…

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ITA Students Receive Recognition from Urban League of Greater Madison

Thu February 4, 2016

This January, the Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) recognized the accomplishments of two Information Technology Academy (ITA) Madison students. Cynthia Maduka, a senior at East High School, was awarded the 2016 Betty Franklin-Hammonds Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship, created in honor of one of Madison’s most inspirational leaders, rewards the accomplishments of graduating seniors who…

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ITA students showcase their accomplishments

Sun January 31, 2016

Hundreds of friends and family of ITA students attended the Information Technology Academy (ITA) 17th Annual Holiday Luncheon on Saturday, December 12, 2015, where students showcased their projects, and answered questions. Part of DoIT Academic Technology, ITA is an intensive pre-college initiative with the goal of increasing enrollment rates of diverse students at the University of…

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