Accounting Camps Teach Students Real-Life Skills

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This summer young people from all over the United States will participate in a variety of programs to help prepare the next generation of accountants for success in the business world. Many high school and college students will forego hanging out at the beach to spend time at accounting camp, where they'll get a chance to meet accounting professionals and learn about jobs in the accounting field.

The Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) offers high school students a 4-day accounting camp at Lipscomb University in Nashville from June 8 to June 11. During the session, the students will stay in the school's dorm and take tours of local businesses. Camp activities include interactive business case studies and presentations by business leaders. The program is free to participants.

Proctor & Gamble will hold a Finance & Accounting Undergraduate Camp at its Cincinnati headquarters in August. The program is for minority students who have completed their sophomore year. P&G covers food, lodging, and travel expenses for participants. While in Ohio, the students can speak to minority managers and get a first-hand look at the finance, accounting, and tax departments.

Many colleges offer accounting camps, including Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University. The University of California at Davis has an accounting boot camp designed for non-accounting business majors who need to understand how to read a set of financial statements.

Additionally, Deloitte & Touche, in conjunction with Junior Achievement (JA), is sponsoring a series of roundtable panel discussions on business ethics for elementary, middle, and high school students. The program launches JA's Excellence in Ethics initiative and will be presented around the country. The program speakers, who include business educators and executives, field questions from the students about business integrity.

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