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Buffalo COAP

The University at Buffalo 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 during a five-day program.

Students frrom a recent COAP banquet gather for a photo

The Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program features a comprehensive series of breakout sessions designed 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 firms such 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.

This program concludes with a keynote speaker at a banquet for students and their parents.

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

COAP Program

COAP Video

See how the COAP program educates minority high school students on the many facets of the accounting profession and builds skills to help them succeed in college and the business world.