The primary objective of Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) is to increase the understanding of accounting and business career opportunities among high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups. ACAP began in 1980 when NABA recognized the need for a program that would direct African-Americans and other minorities towards the accounting and finance profession. Recognizing that preparation for a professional career begins in junior and senior high school, NABA designed a pilot program that would be informative, yet go beyond words. The result was the development of an on-site, interactive enrichment program.
The ACAP program is a one-week residency program for high school students interested in a career in business. Held at a local college or university, the program introduces students to accounting, finance, economics and management through a focused, undergraduate-level program taught by college faculty and guest lecturers from business and government. During the week, students have the opportunity to attend classes on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation and tour college campuses, local companies, and CPA firms. The program concludes with the students inviting their parent(s) or guardian(s) to a banquet in commemoration of their completion of the program at the end of the week.
There are educational and personal development benefits to attending the ACAP Program. Some of the benefits include:
Today, NABA Chapters offer ACAP programs in more than twenty cities across the country. Many of the 2017 programs are accepting applications, others are still in the process of building their 2017 program. Here is a list of the Chapters that offered programs last year and/or programs that have already been confirmed for this year. To learn more about a program, including program details, program contact information and how to apply, click on the links below.