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Connecticut CPA
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March/April 2017
Connecticut was one of seven state CPA associations selected last year
to participate in a student pipeline pilot program to help promote a CPA
culture at colleges and universities and ultimately increase the number of
newly minted CPAs. The program is part of a comprehensive, multi-faceted
approach to reach potential CPAs early in their careers and includes:
Free Joint Membership in the CTCPA and the AICPA
This joint student membership connects students with two essential or-
ganizations to support them on each step of their journey to becoming a
successful CPA from college to the CPA Exam and beyond. Almost 400
Connecticut students took advantage of the free joint membership in 2016,
the first year of the joint program.
Engagement and Promotions
The CTCPA table is the place to be at campus
career fairs when CTCPA's Career and Aca-
demics Development Coordinator Tyler Losure
hands out CTCPA/AICPA membership flyers and
#FutureCPA t-shirts, or when he speaks to ac-
counting clubs and classes.
A Local Network of Peers and Current CPAs
The CTCPA engages student campus
representatives to be our ambassa-
dors on the ground, telling students
about the benefits of CTCPA mem-
bership and pursuing the CPA career
path while helping to build a network
of CPA hopefuls.
Our popular College Month panels
bring area young professionals to
campuses to speak to students
about what it's like in the early days of working in the
profession and offer advice and insight to help students succeed.
We also bring the CTCPA's community service outreach to campus with
student participation in our annual charity drive, where accounting clubs
and Beta Alpha Psi chapters have collected everything from coats and
books to items for the troops.
Help Navigating the CPA Certification Process
On the local front, our popular Be-
come a CPA in Connecticut guide is
packed with quick tips and checklists
to help candidates navigate each
step of the Connecticut certification
process as efficiently as possible.
The AICPA's ThisWayToCPA.com
helps college students find their
fit in the accounting profession,
providing CPA Exam aids, diaries
from real-world CPAs-in-the-making, career tools, and more.
Learn more at www.ctcpas.org/students.
The AICPA Student Pipeline Project
Total
enrollment
in college
accounting
programs
reached an
all-time high
of more than
250,000 students
in the AICPA's
most recent survey.
But
the
percentage of
graduates
sitting for the
CPA Exam
is declining.
Does your company
have staffers interested
in pursuing the CPA
designation?
We can help!
CTCPA's Career and Academics Devel-
opment Coordinator Tyler Losure can
come out to your firm free of charge
to give his "Becoming a Connecticut
CPA" presentation. He'll simplify and
clarify the journey with CPA Exam tips
and a step-by-step explanation of the
certification application process.
Contact Tyler at tylerl@ctcpas.org or
860-258-0215