In 2000, ITA Madison’s first cohort of 17 students were recruited as part of a campus diversity initiative. Since then, more than 200 students have graduated from ITA Madison, and an estimated 99% of ITA Madison graduates have gone on to attend post-secondary institutions to pursue degrees in computer science, engineering, education, astronomy, physics, political science, biochemistry, linguistics and more. In addition, many have pursued advanced degrees in medicine, law, social work and physical therapy.
Participation in ITA Madison requires a significant time commitment from students and their families. Incoming ITA Madison scholars attend a two-week summer technology camp held at UW-Madison. During the school year, ITA Madison scholars come to campus two Saturdays per month to participate in technology and pre-college coursework and community building activities. Parents or guardians can attend a one-hour meeting called Parent Circle once a month.
During the summer before sophomore year, students complete another two-week day camp on UW-Madison’s campus. Before junior year, ITA Madison students complete paid internships in which they apply their technology skills and interests by working in real-world settings across campus, and they complete a technology lab class. Before senior year, ITA Madison students join their counterparts from Oneida and Lac du Flambeau for a one-week residential camp on UW-Madison’s campus in which they take technology, leadership and college preparation courses.
Over the four years of the program, ITA Madison students develop a technology portfolio, receive tutoring and mentoring, participate in leadership and outreach events.
ITA Madison seeks participation from diverse students who plan to attend a Madison Metropolitan School District public high school. Students must show academic potential, technology interest, and a willingness to commit to the program. Additionally, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Each year in early February, ITA Madison accepts applications from eligible eighth graders until an early March deadline. It is a competitive program and only accepts 30 students per year.
Get started by learning more about the application process here. If you have additional questions, contact our Information Technology Academy program administrator via email or phone at (608) 265-3145.