Free Career Exploration Program for Ohio Minority Students

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By AccountingWEB Staff

The Ohio Society of CPAs (OSCPA) and the Ohio CPA Foundation, in partnership with the Ohio chapters of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), are seeking Ohio minority high school students to participate in the nationally recognized Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP-Ohio). The Accountancy Board of Ohio provides major funding for the program as part of its initiative to encourage diversity in the accounting profession. Now in its seventeenth year, the event will be held June 17–22, 2012, at the Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in Columbus. The application deadline is April 6.

This all-expense paid college residency program will host forty-five top-performing high school students who will explore business and accounting careers and compete for college scholarships. The week includes interactive workshops, tours of local businesses, and mentoring sessions with leading minority business professionals.

"ACAP-Ohio gives students a unique opportunity to explore accounting and business in the classroom and in real-world settings where CPAs and other business professionals work", said Edwin Jones, ACAP-Ohio 2012 cochair. "These hands-on experiences help students learn about exciting career opportunities they may have otherwise never considered." 

ACAP-Ohio is made possible through the support of corporate sponsorships and grants. Interested students must submit an application, a 200-word essay, one letter of reference, and an official high school transcript by April 6. Applications can be completed online at For more information about ACAP-Ohio, contact Emily Bice, Assistant Manager of Student Initiatives, at [email protected] or (800) 686-2727 ext. 952.

The OSCPA, established in 1908, represents more than 22,000 CPAs in business, education, government, and public accounting.  Society members not only meet statutory and regulatory requirements as CPAs, they also embrace the highest standards of professional and ethical performance. This is achieved through ongoing professional education, comprehensive quality review, and compliance with a strict code of professional conduct.

Get a taste of ACAP-Ohio in this video

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