About the IT Academy
Sponsored by the UW-Madison, ITA is a pre-college technology access and training academy for diverse students attending Wisconsin public schools. Our mission is to prepare these students for technical, academic, and personal excellence in today's Information Age.
Each year, ITA Madison competitively recruits 30 students in their final semester of 8th grade to participate in the program. ITA-TTI Oneida and ITA-TTI Lac du Flambeau each recruit 15 students in the spring semester of 9th grade to participate. Selected students receive three to four years of intensive computer training, mentoring, leadership development, internship opportunities, and academic support in preparation for competitive University admissions and study.
In addition, IT Academy graduates who are admitted to degree-seeking programs at the UW-Madison will receive an in-state tuition grant for up to four years, paid for by some form of grant or gifts, including financial aid.
How ITA Works
Incoming ITA Madison scholars attend a two-week summer technology training camp held at UW-Madison. Scholars who successfully complete the camp are officially inducted into the four-year program and receive a desktop computer and printer on loan. Participation in ITA Madison requires a significant time commitment. During the school year, ITA Madison scholars come to campus two Saturdays per month to participate in technology training, pre-college seminars, and community building activities. Scholars showcase their work over four years by developing a portfolio and participating in outreach events.UW student volunteers and community members tutor ITA scholars to help them meet and maintain high academic standards. ITA Madison scholars also participate in summer internships in which they apply their skills and interests by working in academic and corporate settings.
Incoming ITA-TTI Oneida and ITA-TTI Lac du Flambeau scholars attend a two-week summer technology training institute held in their respective communities. Scholars who successfully complete the institute are officially inducted into the three-year program. Participation in ITA-TTI Oneida and ITA-TTI Lac du Flambeau also require a significant time commitment. During the school year, ITA-TTI Oneida and ITA-TTI Lac du Flambeau scholars participate in semester cohort meetings, engage in distance education, and visit the UW-Madison campus in the spring. Each component incorporates technology training, pre-college seminars, and community building activities.
The ITA Mentoring Program matches ITA Madison, ITA-TTI Oneida, and ITA-TTI Lac du Flambeau students with caring adults who provide an additional level of support, encouragement, and guidance.
The IT Academy is an important contributor to UW-Madison’s long-term goal of increasing diversity and expanding educational opportunities for all students.
ITA Madison successfully recruited its first cohort of 17 students in May 2000 as a diversity initiative under Plan 2008. As of June 2012, 138 scholars have completed the ITA Madison program and an estimated 99% have gone on to attend post-secondary institutions. Program graduates have gone on to earn degrees in Engineering, Law, Computer Science, Nursing, Social Work, Biochemistry, Linguistics, and other disciplines.
ITA-TTI Oneida and ITA-TTI Lac du Flambeau recruited their first cohorts in the spring of 2014.
ITA Madison encourages applications from diverse students attending Madison public schools. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents and have English proficiency. Interested students must apply during 8th grade by requesting an application from their school counselor or by calling the ITA office. Applications are available in early February each year.
Recruitment for ITA-TTI begins during 9th grade. Interested students may request an application from their school counselor or by calling the ITA-TTI office. Applications are available in early December each year.
More information about applying is on our Apply Page.
The IT Academy seeks internship placements for third- and fourth-year ITA Madison students each summer. Internships allow students to apply their skills in a professional setting. At the same time, employers benefit from the students’ rich array of technology skills, including:
- Web & graphic design
- Flash animation
- Digital audio and video editing
- Microsoft Office products
Third-year students must complete an internship located on the UW-Madison campus. Fourth-year students have more flexibility in internship placements. Please contact the ITA office for more information on hosting an intern.
Mentors & Volunteers
Each year, the IT Academy seeks volunteers for the Mentoring Program (a three-year commitment), and guest speaking and demonstrations.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please contact the ITA office.
Sponsors & Donors
The IT Academy is a joint effort of the UW-Madison PEOPLE Program, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, and the Division of Information Technology (DoIT). The academy’s success is made possible through the generosity of our many sponsors, including:
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- WTN Media
- Technology Education Foundation, powered by the Berbee Derby
- Tides Foundation, funded by Google Madison
- Individual donors
- All of our mentors, tutors, & volunteers
Individuals may support ITA through the UW Foundation. UW-Madison faculty and staff may also make charitable contributions to ITA through payroll deductions. For a payroll deduction form or for other sponsorship opportunities, contact Ron Jetty, Executive Director, at (608) 265-2408.