Increase awareness of accounting and business career opportunities among high school students from under-represented ethnic groups
Increase the number of high school students from under-represented ethnic groups entering college accounting programs
Provide an educational and enriching experience that directs high performing high school students from these groups toward the accounting profession
Maintain an alumni network that supports our graduates as they proceed through college and into accounting careers
Support the Accounting profession by increasing the pipeline from high school to professional candidates.
Support the diversity goals of the accounting profession
Increase the impact of the ACAP-NNJ program by maintaining a focus on growth and quality.
The Program targets motivated high school students from under-represented ethnic groups that have a record of academic success, show professional potential and:
Are rising into Junior or Senior year
Show an interest in Accounting or Business, indicated by their high school experience and their teachers’ recommendations
Demonstrate their intent to attend college, indicated by their completion of PSAT /SAT exams
Show leadership and an inclination to add value to the program demonstrated through their participation and leadership in school or community activities.
ACAP is a residency program on college campuses in New Jersey. The Program is offered during the first week of the high school summer break. There is no charge to parents or students who are accepted into the program.
The Program includes:
Classroom sessions that educate students on:
Core competency skills, necessary to compete at the college level, such as oral and written communication; business etiquette; budgeting; time management and networking
The variety of accounting and finance careers
The college entry process, college requirements and preparation and requirements
Two tours to local companies and CPA firms
Evening activities to discuss the day’s learnings and network with professionals
Advice for parents and students on funding opportunities for college expenses
Parental participation in a recognition event upon completion of the program
Room and Board for the duration of the program
The program also strives to maintain contact with alumnae to support the students and to monitor their academic progress and personal development so as to evaluate the success of the program.
GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), applicants with lower GPAs might be accepted if their personal essays and teacher recommendations indicate a very strong commitment to both improving their GPA and to a business career.
Applicants must have taken the PSAT, SAT or a similar college prep exam and achieved scores in the 80th percentile
Applicants must provide at least 1 recommendation from high school teachers/counsellors with additional recommendations preferred from additional high school academic faculty, employers or community service leaders (for volunteer activities).
Applicants must provide a well-structured, detailed essay on why the student believes he/she should be selected for the program. Essays will be reviewed for quality by the acceptance committee.
Parents must indicate to the program that they support their child’s participation
KEY TARGET METRICS:
Number of applicants remains above 50 and increases annually
Number of high schools represented remains above 5 and increases annually
Number of participants remains above 30 and increases annually
Number of alumnae attending college remains above 25 and increases commensurate with participation
Number of alumnae attending the host college
Number of alumnae majoring in accounting and visible to the NJCPA, the Scholars Institute and other pipeline initiatives
Number of alumnae graduating college
Number of alumnae graduating college with accounting degrees
Number of alumnae hired by sponsoring firms/companies
ACAP Executive Board
The ACAP-NNJ Executive Board administers the program in Northern New Jersey, with responsibility for all operational, legal and compliance duties. The ACAP-NNJ program and the Executive Board are a separate legal entity from NABA, NABA-NNJ and other ACAP programs, but are committed to the mission of the national ACAP program.
ACAP Advisory Board
The Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from ACAP, NABA, and various firms and companies that support the program. The Advisory Board recommends strategic goals for the program, supports in fundraising and publicity, and advises the Executive Board on the operations of the program.
The Executive Director is responsible for the operational success of the program each year.
The following committees support the Executive Director in the operation of the program:
Secure essential facilities elements such as dorms, meeting rooms and catering
Communications with High School Counsellors / Teachers
Applications: distribution, collection and review
Interview coordination and staffing
Target and Reach out to firms, companies and individuals
Develop curriculum based on goals of the program and what we want to accomplish
Responsible for quality of the program
Maintain contact with participants after the program
Facilitate evaluation of key metrics by providing accurate records of participant advancement
Administer social networking sites to enable continuing contact
Volunteers also support in the following areas
Interviews and Participant selection