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Sunday, June 26 - Friday, July 1, 2022 | On-Ground, Residential

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, part of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., (NABA) 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.

This program is only open to on-ground, residential students only. No commuter options are available. 

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 in high school.

All interested students must apply and be accepted into the program prior to registering.

No prior experience is necessary to participate. Our application, a current copy of your academic transcript and at least two counselor/teacher letters of recommendation must be received to be considered. 

All travel costs to get to the Pittsburgh area are at the discretion of the chosen applicant. 

Important Dates:

Residential Move-In: Sunday, June 26 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm

 (required for all students, optional for parents)Sunday, June 26 from 5:00pm - 6:15pm 

Residential Move-Out: 
Friday, July 1 (late evening)


Class Outlook:

The below schedule is subject to change until the start of the program. 

During the week, students will 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.

Breakfast occurs daily from 8:00am - 8:45am. 
All students must be in their rooms at 10:30pm each night. 

Sunday, June 26: 

Starting a Business table
7:15pm - 8:30pm Team Assignments and Team Building Exercise
8:30pm - 9:30pm Free Time with Snacks

Monday, June 27: 

Monday Schedule
9:00am - 9:15am Morning Announcements, Housekeeping & Pep Rally
9:15am - 10:15am Scholarship/Financial Aid/College Application Discussion
10:30am - 11:30am Record Video College Applications & Take Professional Headshots
11:45am - 12:45pm Lunch / Break
1:00pm - 1:15pm Afternoon Pep Rally
1:15pm - 2:15pm Accounting as a Career Choice
2:30pm - 4:45pm The Language of Business (Starting A Business)
5:00pm - 5:30pm Dinner
5:45pm - 9:30pm Community Service Event

Tuesday, June 28: 

Scholarship / Financial Aid / College Applications table
9:00am - 9:15am Morning Announcements, Housekeeping & Pep Rally
9:15am - 10:15am Learning Great Study Habits
10:30am - 11:30am Financial Literacy - Part 1
11:30am - 1:00pm Lunch / Break
1:15pm - 1:30pm Afternoon Pep Rally
1:30pm - 2:30pm Financial Literacy - Part 2 (Investments)
2:45pm - 3:45pm The Language of Business (Accountig 101-Joural Entries)
4:00pm - 5:00pm The Language of Business (Case Study Development)
5:00pm - 6:00pm Dinner
6:30pm - 8:30pm Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, June 29: 

Art of Public Speaking table
8:45am - 9:00am Morning Announcements, Housekeeping & Pep Rally
9:00am - 12:00pm Art of Public Speaking
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch/Break
12:45pm - 1:00pm Afternoon Pep Rally
1:00pm - 2:15pm Interviewing Skills/Non-Verbal Communications
2:30pm - 4:30pm The Language of Business (Financial Statements & Ratio Analysis)
5:15pm - 7:00pm Business Etiquette Workshop and Dinner w. Professionals
7:30pm - 9:30pm Escape Room Activity


Thursday, June 30: 

Field Trip to Public Accounting Firms table
9:00am - 9:15am Morning Announcements, Housekeeping & Pep Rally
9:30am - 5:00pm Off-Campus Firm Visits + Lunch
6:00pm - 7:00pm Cast Study Q & A and Development
7:00pm - 9:00pm Team Presentation Practice & Pizza Party


Friday, July 1: 

Pursuing Your Passion table
9:00am - 9:15am Morning Announcements, Housekeeping & Pep Rally
9:00am - 10:15am The Second Language of Business, Information Technology
10:30am - 11:45am LinkedIn Overview & Account Setup
11:45am - 1:15pm Lunch/Break
1:15pm - 2:00pm Week Reflections Essay & Record Sponsor Thank You Videos
2:15pm - 4:30pm Team Presentations Development
4:30pm - 6:00pm Pack up Room & Prepare for Dinner
6:00pm - 8:00pm Closing Ceremony (Dinner, Guest Speaker, Presentations)




2022 Speakers:

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       Point Park University Rowland School of Business Logo    CS McKee Logo        Ernst and Young Logo                                             

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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.)
  • Connecting students with accounting and business professionals and mentors

This program is free to high school students who have applied and been accepted into the program. Sponsorship is graciously provided by Point Park University and local Corporate Sponsors. Some cash is recommended for snacks, drinks and/or off-campus activities.

Welcome to our campus!

All classes will be held on campus at Point Park University.


Point Park University
201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

All students are required to live on campus and must be at least 14 years old.

Each residence hall has multiple points of secure access to student living areas, such as keycards, access codes, and lock and key. Adult resident advisers (usually current Point Park students) live on campus to supervise students who are minors. Each adviser is responsible for eight to ten minors. 


Malaki Davis
Accounting PPU alumnus working as an internal revenue agent for the IRS.

"I was always interested in the idea of accounting, but until ACAP, I wasn’t sure exactly what career options it offered. I like to learn new things and expand my knowledge, and ACAP taught me the main function of accounting is to keep track of financial information, review it and report it. There are so many options and career paths you can pursue with accounting, and you can move anywhere with it."

Meet Xiaohui and Xiaoli Li
2021 ACAP Participant

"Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to participate in ACAP! We learned a lot about accounting and gained much valuable insight into this field. It was really interesting hearing the guest speakers' perspectives and advice on various topics. We will definitely continue to explore and learn more about accounting as a career.“ 

Meet Alyson Ngo
2021 ACAP Participant

"Thank you once again for this amazing opportunity. I do feel like this program helped me gain a better understanding of accounting and also how the industry operates in general. Not only that but I’ll be sure to broaden my network with the speakers that have taught me so much. Thank you! I appreciate the effort you, Amy, Heidi, and an any other staff members put into this to make it possible. Hope to come in contact with you in the near future!“ 

As an undergraduate student at Point Park, you’ll have access to opportunities only a world-class city can offer — and few universities can match — for a real-world, career-oriented education. Consider an undergraduate degree from the Rowland School of Business

Community and Summer Education Contact Information
Email SummerCamps@PointPark.Edu
Call 412-392-3457
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