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Sunday, June 13 - Friday, June 18, 2021 | 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, which is 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. No commuter options are available due to COVID-19.

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 in order to participate. This application, a current copy of your academic transcript and at least two counselor/teacher letters of recommendation must be received by April 30, 2021

Important Dates:

Residential Move-In: 
Sunday, June 13 from 1pm - 3:30pm
ACAP Orientation: Sunday, June 13 from 3:40pm - 5:00pm (Students and Parents)
Residential Move-Out: Friday, June 18 (evening)


Class Outlook:

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.

Sunday, June 13: 

7:00pm - 8:30pm Starting A Business
8:30pm - 10:30pm Team Assignments and Team Building

Monday, June 14: 

8:15am - 9:45am Accounting as a Career Choice
10:00am - 10:45am The Language of Business, Part 1
11:00am - 11:45am The Language of Business, Part 2
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch / Break
1:30pm - 2:15pm Financial Literacy - Part 1
2:30pm - 3:15pm Financial Literacy - Part 2

Tuesday, June 15: 

8:15am - 9:15am Scholarship / Financial Aid / College Application
9:30am - 10:45am Personal Branding and Effective Written Communication
10:45am - 12:00pm Learning Great Study Habits
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch / Break
2:00pm - 5:00pm Team Presentations Development

Wednesday, June 16: 

8:30am - 11:45am The Art of Public Speaking
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch / Break
1:00pm - 3:30pm Interviewing Skills / Non-Verbal Communications
3:45pm - 4:45pm Break
5:00pm - 7:00pm Business Etiquette Workshop and Dinner with Professionals
7:30pm - 10:30pm Team Presentations Development


Thursday, June 17: 

8:00am - 1:00pm Field Trip to (2) Public Accounting Firms & Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm Team Presentations Development
2:45pm - 5:15pm Field Trip to (1) Public Accounting Firm
5:00pm - 10:00pm Team 1-on-1 Sessions with Sally Chopping


Friday, June 18: 

8:15am - 9:00am Pursuing Your Passion
9:15am - 10:45am The Second Language of Business, Information Technology
10:45am - 11:10am Week Reflections Essay
11:30am - 1:30pm Real Talk with Real Professionals
2:00pm - 5:00pm Team Presentations Development
5:00pm - 6:00pm Prepare for Dinner
6:00pm - 9:00pm Closing Ceremony (Dinner, Guest Speaker, Presentations)

More details coming soon!


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. 

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 live on campus to supervise students who are minors. Each adviser is responsible for eight to ten minors. 


Malaki Davis, an 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."

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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