School partners with MACPA to introduce high school students to accounting careers

For the seventh straight year, the Wayne State University School of Business Administration’s Department of Accounting co-sponsored the High School Leaders Conference with the Michigan Association of CPAs (MACPA). This year's conference was held on March 27.

Randy Paschke, chair of the Department of Accounting and treasurer for MACPA, worked with the organization to coordinate the event on Wayne State’s campus.

“Student leaders and their teachers participate in the daylong event which introduces the opportunities of a career in business and accounting,” Paschke said. “It also provides advice on preparing for the future, steps to success and the power of being a professional.”

One of the highlights of the conference each year is the WSU student panel which provides an opportunity for the high school students to ask questions about going to college. The panel describes how college is different than high school, why they chose accounting as a major, and many other interesting and sometimes unexpected topics.

The 2012 student panel included Isra Haider, secretary, Beta Alpha Psi; Shavon McCoy, vice president, National Association of Black Accountants student chapter; Maximo Alejandro Felix, member, student chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting; and Calvin Sitto, member, School of Business Student Senate.

More than 150 high school juniors and seniors attended from the following schools: Advanced Technology Academy, Cass Tech, Crescent Academy, Denby, Fitzgerald, Golightly Career and Technical Center, Melvindale Academy for Business and Technology, Northwestern, Osborn, and Southeastern High School of Technology. For more information about MACPA and the conference, visit this web page.

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