What Is COAP?
Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) is a FREE three- to five-day summer program that is held at several college campuses across New York State. The program is an important component of the Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) and the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) overall effort to introduce accounting as a career to high school students.
In 1987, the FAE and the NYSSCPA founded the COAP program. This initiative was designed to offer minority youth the chance to learn about the accounting profession and to cultivate important business skills. Each year, more than 250 students participate in COAP, many of whom go on to study accounting in college and pursue careers in business or finance. Since its inception, more than 3,000 students have experienced the COAP program.
COAP can be conducted as a residential (overnight) or nonresidential (commuter) program. The program centers on teaching by example, and features successful minority role models and a carefully tailored curriculum. Students learn about career opportunities and can make a more informed decision when considering a college major.
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