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This fall, more than 300 high school students from across
the state converged on the University of Connecticut
(UConn) campus to get a taste of college life and hear from
some accounting majors and practicing CPAs about why the
CPA career path is the way to go.
CSCPA usually holds two annual High School CPA Careers
Conferences at two college campuses in the state. This
year's second conference, however, scheduled for Central
Connecticut State University (CCSU) in early November,
was cancelled due to the unprecedented October snow-
storm and resulting widespread power outages. Special
thanks to the CSCPA and CCSU volunteers who helped
plan and prep for that conference.
The conferences have been held for more than 40 years
and help high school students explore the places the CPA
credential can take them, from public accounting to foren-
sics, sports management, the music industry, and more.
Following breakfast provided by the host college and option-
al campus tours, the students perk up to the strum of guitars
and beats of the drum set: a set of classic rock hits by CPA
rock band The Accounting Crows.
The conference also includes a panel of new and young pro-
fessionals and current college accounting majors, ready and
willing to answer every question on how to transition from high
school to college, how to study for and pass the CPA Exam,
and what it's like in those first days on the job. The prize for
a good question? An Accounting Crows t-shirt, of course!
"I thought it was a very informative conference that helped
me better understand being a CPA," said one conference
participant. Added another, "I'm glad I came!"
What do you want to be when you grow up? Consider being a CPA!
Student Outreach Hits the High School Crowd
By Kirsten Piechota, Managing Editor
High school students and educators enjoy a set by The Accounting Crows, Connecticut's CPA rock band, at the CSCPA High School CPA Careers
Conference held at the University of Connecticut this fall.
"Great conference! I have a better understanding of
what I want to do with my life. It's opened my eyes to
all the opportunities accounting can bring."
Parish Hill High School Senior
Accounting: The Next Generation