Jacqueline Molik Ghosen
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Management and the Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) are collaborating to introduce minority high school students to career opportunities in the accounting profession during a five-day program.
Approximately 30 students from area schools are expected to attend the fourth annual Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession Program (COAP) from June 28 to July 2.
The program will feature a comprehensive series of breakout sessions designed to provide participants with insights into all the components of an accounting education and career. Sessions will be held in the UB School of Management.
A number of area accounting firms will give presentations on campus, and students will make off-site visits to Lumsden & McCormick, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Rich Products, where they will take company tours and speak with accounting representatives from those firms.
A session entitled “The Accounting Profession -- 360 Degrees of Possibilities,” will be led Daniel Tirone, CPA, president of A.J. Panneri Enterprises, and will feature a panel of accounting professionals.
Deena Vanderbosch, director of finance and operations for the Meszaros International Center for Entrepreneurship, will introduce the students to accounting concepts and will present a “Build Your Own Business” seminar, followed by group work sessions and student business presentations before a panel of judges. Several UB accounting faculty members will lead sessions as well.
The program also will include a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including a business lunch called “Putting Your Best Fork Forward,” which will feature etiquette tips for working meals; an “Accounting Jeopardy” game run by current students in the Beta Alpha Psi accounting fraternity; a “dress for success” session; a business writing etiquette workshop; interview training; and ethics.
Students who attended last year’s program found it very worthwhile.
"COAP nudged me out of my comfort zone and helped me to strengthen my public speaking skills,” said Marcella Ramirez, who attended the program last fall as a senior from Orchard Park High School. “It also demonstrated the importance of networking,” she added. Ramirez plans to attend UB in the fall.
This year’s program will conclude with a banquet for students and their parents at 6 p.m. July 2 in the Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo. Judge Craig D. Hannah, Buffalo City Court, will give the keynote address.
“The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the many opportunities that an accounting education and career can provide,” says Ann Burstein Cohen, associate professor of accounting.
Cohen worked with NYSSCPA to organize the event. “It is our hope that if minority students realize early on that the accounting profession has a variety of interesting opportunities, we can increase the number of candidates who enter the field,” she adds.
NYSSCPA represents 29,000 CPAs and is the oldest state accounting organization in the nation. Incorporated in 1897, the society is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to establish and maintain high standards of integrity, honor and character among certified public accountants. The Buffalo Chapter, with more than 1,300 members, was chartered in 1925 and encompasses Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. To learn more about the society, visit www.nysscpa.org.
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