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Le Moyne Partners with NYSSCPA

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will partner with the Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) to offer the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program to 41 area minority high school juniors from June 29 through July 2.

COAP educates minority high school students on the many facets of the accounting profession and builds skills to help them succeed in college and the business world. The students will take sessions on fraud and technology in accounting along with basic skill sessions on resumes, etiquette, college preparation and time management led by local business professionals. They’ll take field trips to Testone, Marshall & Discenza, LLP, and Stickley Furniture to observe CPAs on the job. Just for fun, they’ll also take in a Syracuse Chiefs baseball game. The program offers a residential experience this year for the first time, giving students a taste of college life. In past years, it has been a commuter program.

Historically, minorities have been underrepresented in the accounting profession, and the COAP program aims to increase diversity. A survey of COAP alumni has revealed that almost 100% of respondents have gone on to college and that 70% are majoring or enrolled in accounting or business programs.

“This program provides a lot of opportunities,” said COAP chair Lisa Contanch, CPA, of Green & Seifter CPAs PLLC, Syracuse. “Besides the accounting part, there are opportunities for the kids to learn interviewing and public speaking skills.”

COAP programs will be held at 10 different colleges and universities across the state this year. Over 1,900 students have taken part in COAP programs at 10 different universities since it began in New York State in 1987.

For more information on the Syracuse COAP program, contact Cara Patterson at 212-719-8362, or by e-mail at cpatterson@nysscpa.org.


posted on: 6/25/2008