What is ACAP?
The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP©), a part of NABA's Center for Advancement of Minority Accountants (CAMA), is an innovative career development program designed specifically for minority students who are juniors and seniors in high school. Its primary objective is to increase the number of high school students from under represented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting.
Recognizing that preparation for a professional career begins in junior and senior high school, the Seattle Professional Chapter of NABA established ACAP as a pilot program in 1980. Since its beginning, the program has marked a turning point in the academic lives of high school students, motivating them to pursue a higher education.
During a week-long summer campus residency program, a select group of students have the opportunity to explore careers in accounting and business via a rigorous class and study schedule, college-level content and valuable networking opportunities. ACAP introduces minority high school students to accounting, finance, economics, technology and management. Prominent business leaders share their knowledge, provide tips for success and discuss educational opportunities. Students experience accounting first-hand through tours of local certified public accounting firms and companies in the private sector. The program concludes with a recognition luncheon for students, parents, speakers, and corporate partners.
ACAP is a unique pipeline from high school to college that allows students to become prepared and informed about the expectations of college life. The program is fully supervised and all-expenses-paid. Students selected for ACAP will receive free tuition, room and board, books, materials, tours and mentoring.
ACAP will celebrate its 20th year in the Louisville during 2017. Approximately 30 students are chosen to attend. Students will participate in fun team building and evening activities, workshops about communication skills, etiquette, and career development. Students also work on a group project that includes making a presentation.
The chairpersons of ACAP KY 2017 are Olivia N. Davis, CPA and Michael F. Wade, CPA