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Southern Minnesota chapter of BDPA holds annual banquet.

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A Rochester club dedicated to teaching minority children computer programming skills held their annual banquet Sunday evening.

The Southern Minnesota chapter of Black Data Processing Associates, or BDPA, celebrated their 17th year at the International Events Center.

The club is for 7th through 12th graders who are interested in computer technology, and routinely sends students to national competitions.

Chapter founder Betty Hutchins says she's proud of the legacy the group has built over nearly two decades.

"It's a great feeder into the organizations like Mayo and IBM because our students are prepared and ready to start their careers in technology," said Hutchins.

The banquet was MC'd by KTTC reporter Taj Simmons.

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