BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Management
and the Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State
Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) are collaborating
to introduce minority high school students to career opportunities
in the accounting profession during a five-day program.
Twenty-seven students from 20 area high schools are expected to
attend the seventh annual Career Opportunities in the Accounting
Profession (COAP) program, taking place June 24-28.
"The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the many
opportunities that an accounting education and career can provide,"
says Ann Burstein Cohen, associate professor of accounting in the
UB School of Management.
Working with the NYSSCPA, Cohen has led the Buffalo COAP program
since its inception in 2006. "It is our hope that if minority
students realize early on that the accounting profession has a
variety of interesting opportunities, we can increase the number of
candidates who enter the field," she adds.
The program will feature a comprehensive series of breakout
sessions designed to provide participants with insights into all
the components of an accounting education and career. Sessions will
be held in the UB School of Management.
A number of area accounting firms will give presentations on
campus, and students will make off-site visits to Lumsden &
McCormick, PricewaterhouseCoopers and New Era Cap Co., where they
will take company tours and speak with accounting representatives
from those firms.
The program also will include a wide variety of professional
development opportunities, including a business lunch called
"Putting Your Best Fork Forward," which will feature etiquette tips
for working meals; a "dress for success" session; a "speed-meeting"
event; a résumé-writing workshop; and sessions on
job-search strategies, interviewing techniques, public speaking and
This year's program will conclude with a banquet for students
and their parents at 6 p.m. on June 28. Ezra Stanley, assistant
vice president at M&T Bank, will serve as keynote speaker at
NYSSCPA represents 28,000 CPAs and is the oldest state
accounting organization in the nation. Incorporated in 1897, the
society is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to establish
and maintain high standards of integrity, honor and character among
certified public accountants. The Buffalo Chapter, with nearly
1,500 members, encompasses Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie,
Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. To learn more about
the society, visit http://www.nysscpa.org.
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school has
been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes,
U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal for the
quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides
its graduates. For more information about the UB School of
Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.