Technology Awareness Program (TAP)
As part of our mission to promote interest in the study of information technology, the ITRI funds, establishes and coordinates the Technology Awareness Program (TAP) in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Information Systems Department at the Sam M. Walton College of Business.
High school juniors and seniors with an average GPA of 3.30 on a 4 point scale from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida took part in a five-day camp at the University of Arkansas to introduce technology degrees and careers to underrepresented groups. A total of 12 students attended the 16th annual Technology Awareness Program, hosted by the Information Technology Research Institute, in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Department of Information Systems.
"The program is designed to encourage women and minorities to seek out lucrative careers in the information technology industry," said Eric Bradford, managing director of the Information Technology Research Institute. "Research shows that diversity helps drive innovation, which in turn shapes the future of technology."
Walton College faculty and staff discussed professional technology roles and presented an overview of the camp's team projects. To educate students about the role technology plays in careers, students toured the David Glass Technology Center in Bentonville to learn how program analysts, business intelligence managers, supply chain and logistics specialists, merchandisers, sourcing professionals, marketers, financial analysts, buyers, forecasters and strategists use technology on a day-to-day basis. The camp culminated with team presentations that simulated job responsibilities of these careers.
"These young people came here ready to learn," said Barbara Lofton, director of Walton College's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "Based on their research and final presentations, each student would be a welcome addition to any occupation in the field of technology and to the university."
To attend the camp, participants must hold a 3.0 GPA, submit three essays and be a high school junior or senior.