Ohio CPA Foundation program encourages diverse future for the profession

Jun 28, 2012

Minority high school students from throughout Ohio were immersed in the accounting profession last week during the Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio). The 17th-annual event took place June 17-22 at The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business in Columbus. Designed specifically for minority high school students, the week-long program provided an opportunity for attendees to explore future career paths in the fields of accounting and business.

The all-expense paid college residency program hosted 42 top-performing high school students, who all share an interest in pursuing accounting and business careers. Throughout the week, ACAP-Ohio students took part in networking events, interactive workshops and mentoring sessions lead by minority business professionals and visits to local CPA firms and businesses. Students also had the opportunity to compete for college scholarships and participate in a case study competition.

“Attending ACAP-Ohio 2012 has been a wonderful opportunity full of building meaningful relationships, participating in informative discussions and learning about different aspects of accounting," said ACAP 2012 attendee Roderick Mills, Jr., a junior at St. Xavier High School in Liberty Township. "Through the program, I had the opportunity to hear many great and influential speakers that have positively impacted my life.”

Presented by The Ohio CPA Foundation, The Ohio Society of CPAs and the Ohio chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants, ACAP-Ohio encourages young leaders to explore a future in accounting. During the event, students said the program exceeded their expectations and the knowledge shared by professionals has inspired them to pursue a career in accounting. Since ACAP-Ohio began in 1996, more than 600 minority students have completed the program.

View photos from this year's event on our Flickr page. A complete recap of ACAP-Ohio 2012 will be available in the July issue of CPA Voice.