Local students, companies to attend inaugural diversity career awareness program
Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) May 10, 2016
Nearly 50 students from five Northwest Indiana high schools will be attending the Indiana CPA Society's "Game On: CPAs in Action" at Purdue University Northwest's Calumet campus in Hammond on Tuesday, May 10. The Society, based in Indianapolis, is the statewide professional association for CPAs in Indiana. It holds events for its members and students in all regions of the state.
Game On is an award-winning, free half-day career awareness program for minority high school students interested in accounting. It is the only program of its kind for any state CPA society in the country, and is designed to help increase awareness of - and diversity in - the profession. The event started in Indianapolis in 2008, has since expanded to South Bend and Fort Wayne, and added Northwest Indiana for the first time this year.
"When I was younger, I didn't know about all the opportunities that existed in the CPA profession," said Curtis Whittaker, CPA, partner at Whittaker & Company, PLLC in Gary. "Game On is a chance to share these opportunities so more students are enlightened about what happens in the accounting world and also in the business world.
Game On features a variety of interactive sessions and activities to give the students a unique perspective on what the CPA profession is all about, what CPAs do on a daily basis, and what the work environment for a CPA is like. It includes a broad overview of the profession, a panel discussion featuring young professionals and interactive case studies.
"We're a diverse world and community," said Whittaker. "Different people with different backgrounds can add value by applying a different view to whatever issue or problem we're trying to solve."
Date: Tuesday, May 10
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: Purdue University Northwest's Calumet (Student Union & Library building in Alumni Hall, 3rd Floor)
Attendees: 46 Gary-area minority high school students and four educators
Participating schools: New Tech, West Side Leadership Academy and Wirt-Emerson VPA
Participating organizations: Hammond City Schools, McMahon & Associates CPAs, NiSource and Whittaker & Co. PLLC.
9:30 a.m. Panel on "High School to CPA - What It Takes!" A discussion with three CPAs at Hammond City Schools, McMahon & Associates CPAs and NiSource.
10:40 a.m. Campus Tour. Campus tour to learn to see what accounting students do on a daily basis.
Noon. Financial and Educational Opportunities. After the tour, students return to lunch to hear about opportunities with the National Association of Black Accountant’s Accounting Career Awareness Program.
12:30 p.m. Success Beyond High School. A partner at a CPA firm in Gary will lead a discussion on what it takes to be successful beyond high school.
The media is invited to attend all or parts of this Game On event. Speakers and tour guides will be available for interviews if requested.
For additional information, contact INCPAS Director - Diversity & Outreach Ali Paul at apaul(at)incpas(dot)org or (317) 726-5025.
About the Indiana CPA Society
Nearly 8,100 CPAs in public practice, business and industry, government and education are members of the Indiana CPA Society. INCPAS is the most trusted business resource and advocate in Indiana. Its members are required to abide by the CPA profession’s code of conduct. INCPAS members also receive access to quality educational programs and peer networking for knowledge sharing. Society members are trusted advisors to Indiana’s business community. INCPAS celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015. For more information, visit incpas.org.
Contact: Dave Shatkowski, Vice President - Communications
Phone: (317) 726-5022
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