Increasing Awareness of Accounting Careers Among Minority High School Students
The field of accounting has been identified as one of the fastest growing professions according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor. Yet studies have shown that there has been declining enrollment in accounting and finance among minority students.
The goal of the Accounting Career Awareness Program, which is part of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., is to increase the understanding of accounting career opportunities among high school students in underrepresented minority groups.
ACAP began in 1980 when NABA recognized the need for a program that would direct African-Americans and other minorities toward the accounting and finance profession.
Through ACAP, students throughout the United States have received educational enrichment experiences and practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting.
ACAP Summer Program at Point Park University
Recognizing that preparation for a professional career begins in junior and senior high school, NABA designed a one-week summer program for qualified sophomores, juniors and seniors.
During the week, students have the opportunity to attend classes on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation; tour local companies and CPA firms; and invite their parent(s) or guardian(s) to a banquet in commemoration of their completion of the program.
This year, as part of the Urban Accounting Initiative, Point Park University will be the host of ACAP's first summer program in the Pittsburgh area from July 7-12, 2013. The 2013 summer program will be led by Edward Scott, C.P.A., M.B.A, Point Park's George Rowland White Endowed Professor of Accounting and Finance.
Benefits of the ACAP Summer Program
The ACAP Summer Program introduces students to the accounting, business, economics and finance professions through an educational and interactive curriculum involving accounting, business, economics and finance professionals, University faculty and business, government and community mentors. Other key benefits include:
- Preparing students to pursue higher education (college application process, FAFSA, scholarships);
- Informing students about career opportunities available in accounting, business and finance;
- Teaching skill sets relevant to the field of business (interview skills, resume building, dining etiquette, etc.); and
- Connecting students with accounting and business professionals and mentors.
ACAP Student Application
To be a part of the Accounting Career Awareness Program at Point Park, complete the ACAP student application form online or fill out this printable version of the application and mail it to:
ACAP Executive Director
Attn: Ed Scott
Point Park University, School of Business
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
In addition to a completed application, a current copy of your academic transcript along with at least two counselor/teacher letters of recommendations must be received by May 3, 2013.