School of Management Introduces Minority High School Students to Accounting Careers

The School of Management and the Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) collaborate annually to introduce minority high school students to career opportunities in the accounting profession.

The Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) is a five-day program that features a comprehensive series of breakout sessions to provide minority students from area high schools with insights into all the components of an accounting education and career. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the many opportunities that an accounting education and career can provide

School of Management faculty, alumni and a number of area accounting firms give presentations and lead interactive sessions on campus. In addition, students make off-site visits to such firms as Lumsden & McCormick, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Rich Products, where they are given company tours and speak with accounting representatives from those firms.

The program includes a wide variety of professional development opportunities, including a business lunch called “Putting Your Best Fork Forward,” which features 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 résumé-writing workshop; job-search strategies; interviewing sessions; public speaking; and ethics.

The program is capped off with a banquet for students and their parents.

For more information on the COAP program, contact Lorrie Metzger, clinical assistant professor of accounting.