Many CPAs say they made their career choice in high school. Today’s high school students have the support and guidance of accounting professionals, educators, and volunteers to learn about the accounting industry and plan their futures.
Thanks to the Michigan Association of CPAs, students across Michigan are discovering the vast opportunities that the CPA profession offers through the MACPA's High School Leaders Conference. A part of MACPA's diversity initiative, the conference is open to all college-bound high school juniors and seniors. Over the past six years, MACPA's High School Leaders Conferences have reached more than 2,500 students – with 45% of the students from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
"I wasn't sure about accounting before I came. Now I know it's something I want to pursue."
– MACPA High School Leaders Conference Attendee
MACPA High School Leadership Conference (Watch the video!)
Tool Kit for Starting Your Own HSLC Program
For Michigan high school students and teachers: Visit the MACPA website for more information and to register your class for an upcoming conference.
For students and teachers outside Michigan: Contact your state CPA society directly and seek out similar opportunities and resources for students.
For state CPA societies: Consider hosting your own High School Leaders Conference. The Michigan Association of CPAs has created a tool kit complete with sample agendas, registration and evaluation forms, and marketing components – everything you need to develop a successful program on any campus, in any state.
For firms or individual CPAs: No one knows the value of the CPA credential better than you! Give back to the community and profession by spreading the word about all the opportunities the CPA profession offers. Contact the AICPA Academic and Career Awareness team or your state CPA society and ask about presentation materials for students.
If you are a MACPA member, volunteer for the High School Leaders Conference. If outside MI, encourage your state CPA society to start a similar program and make them aware of the tool kit.