“CPA Camp” introduced high school students to Accounting careers

Cincinnati State’s Accounting Technologies program hosted “CPA Camp,” sponsored by the Ohio Society of CPAs, on June 23, 2022. 

Dean of Business Technologies Yvonne Baker said the CPA Camp provided an all-expenses-paid experience for high school students who are interested in exploring careers in accounting. 

The Camp is designed specifically for high school students in underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, students who identify as having a disability, LGBTQ+, students of color, or those who are the first in their family to attend college.

Student participants also had the opportunity win a $500 scholarship awarded by the event sponsors.

CPA Camp activities included:

  • A panel with faculty and staff representatives from Cincinnati State, Miami University, the University of Cincinnati, Wilmington College, and Xavier University who shared what it is like to be an accounting major.
  • An overview of public accounting from professionals at the “big four” accounting firms: Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, and Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • A “day in the life” of a corporate accountant, featuring the controller at the Cincinnati Bengals and tax accountants at P&G.
  • Networking opportunities with recruiters from seven local firms along with admission reps from Cincinnati State.

Students also toured the Cincinnati State campus.

Dean Baker said, “We were impressed by the commitment shown by the high school participants to learn more about the accounting profession. Also, we are grateful to the Ohio Society of CPAs, our generous event sponsors, and the accounting professionals and firms who made the day possible.”