MSCPA launches accounting 'college academy' for high schoolers

The Massachusetts Society of CPAs has launched an accounting-focused "college academy" for local high school students.

With the inaugural program held at Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Mass., participating students can earn up to 12 college credits through the University of Massachusetts—Lowell, marking the first program of its kind to be offered within the state.

Developed by the National Academy Foundation, Haverhill High School and UMass—Lowell, the college academy's goal is twofold: to expose more young, "first generation" talent to the profession and to attract more diverse professionals overall. The MSCPA also intends to spread the college academy program to more high schools in Massachusetts over the coming years.

“The MSCPA believes [that] increasing diversity in the accounting industry will strengthen the profession as a whole,” said Amy Pitter, president and CEO of the MSCPA, in a statement. “The new academy in Haverhill will open doors for local students and is a testament to the profession’s commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels.”

The academy will introduce students to the basics of accounting, economics, statistics and information technology. Additionally, students will participate in a mandatory internship program, joining local accounting firms to gain real-world experience. Students will earn up to 12 college credits through UMass—Lowell, at no additional cost, when they have completed the academy.

“We are excited to have an opportunity to collaborate with the MSCPA, NAF and Haverhill High School for this program," stated Sandra Richtermeyer, dean of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts—Lowell. "I have worked for many years with a variety of high schools in order to increase awareness of accounting as a career path, and I believe the structure and support of this program will go a long way in terms of informing the students about the tremendous opportunities in the profession."

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For more information on the academy, head to the MSCPA's site here.

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