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Student Outreach – High School Recruitment Committee

The New York State Society of CPAs is seeking to broaden its high school outreach program by ensuring that each chapter creates a High School Recruitment Committee. The objective of this committee is to enlighten and encourage high school students to consider the many career opportunities available by becoming a Certified Public Accountant. This effort is part of our overall goal of increasing the ranks of CPAs.

Historically, many chapters channel their high school outreach through committee called One on One Program a program that invites dedicated and enthusiastic Certified Public Accountants to talk about accounting to high school students.

Each chapter should appoint a chairperson for this committee who will coordinate with the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ High School Recruitment Coordinator. The chairperson and Society will recruit a committee, schedule high school visits, circulate materials to the presenters, acquire school contacts, build a rapport with them, conduct presentations, and keep records of all high school presentations.

Goals:

  • Attract a minimum of eight people (members should ideally represent a mix of public and private industry CPAs) on the committee so that availability will be less of an issue.
  • Provide speaker training for the presenters about addressing a high school audience.
  • Establish a set time frame of 2 months each year as the standard months for high school presentations.
  • Appoint a Society representative for each high school in the chapter, to answer questions and give advice for students who are interested in studying accounting.
  • Establish a program recognizing outstanding high school accounting students with an official NYSSCPA certificate.

Best Practices:

Chapters can consider offering a college scholarship for high school seniors who 

plan on majoring in accounting their freshman year in college.  Westchester Chapter is a great example.  They offer a $1,000 scholarship (which came out of the proceeds from their golf fundraiser).  Every Westchester high school contact, (guidance counselors, business teachers, and assistant principals), received an email or faxed copy of the scholarship application. 

 

Scholarship criteria includes:

  • Entrants must reside in Westchester County.

     

  • Have the intention to major in Accounting at an accredited college/university

     

  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or employer. (no family or friends)

     

  • Submit a short essay (500 words or less) typed. Essay should include goals, the importance of a college education in achieving the goals, and why he/she deserves the scholarship, (include academic &/or community and financial reasons)

     

  • Have completed applications postmarked or emailed by the deadline or they will not be considered.

  

Recruits members by posting an announcement on each chapter’s website, encouraging members to join the High School Recruitment Committee. A link may be provided with the coordinator’s email address making it easier for members to join. (Buffalo and Utica are great examples).

An announcement inviting high school teachers and staff to request a presentation for their class and or classes, by clicking on a link, can also be posted on each chapter’s website. This allows the school’s request to be sent directly to your chapter liaison or to the chapter’s chairperson of the High School Recruitment Committee, via an email link.  (Buffalo and Utica are great examples).

Each chapter establishes a Career Day for high school students.  High school juniors from accounting and/or business classes can be invited to meet with members at a central location to the chapter. Presentations will be given which consist of an overview of career opportunities, and CPA requirements. The students get to dialogue with accountants practicing in public, private, and industry.  The students can participate in case studies and mock interviews.  Lunch would be provided followed by firm tours which complete this eventful day. Schools can be chosen with the assistance of the Academy of Finance or chosen by the chapter. The students would be chosen by the schools. (Manhattan/Bronx chapter is a great example).

Chapters can host a World of Accounting Day. This is when high school juniors from accounting and/or business classes are invited to meet with members at a central   location to the chapter. Presentations are given which consist of an overview of career opportunities, and CPA requirements. The students get to dialogue with accountants practicing in public, private, and industry. They participate in case studies, and mock interviews. Lunch is provided followed by firm tours which complete this eventful day. Schools are chosen using a rotating invitation system. (one year certain schools are invited, and the next year the other schools are invited). The schools usually decide which students will attend. (Rochester chapter is a great example).

NYSSCPA Leadership Meeting with the Academy of Finance. The NYSSCPA has an agreement with the Academy of Finance, a national organization with many high school affiliate programs in some areas of the state.  The NYSSCPA can link you with your affiliate.  At this event, the local Academy of Finance makes a presentation to the chapter leadership, which includes an overview on the program’s requirements, curriculum, and ways in which CPAs can get involved.

For more information about how your chapter can implement a high school Recruitment program (s), contact your chapter liaison: 

Lelia Dickenson                                                    

Telephone: 212-719-8366
Email: ldickenson@nysscpa.org