Available to your school – free! 

Annual CPA Careers Conference

This conference, held each autumn and sponsored by the CTCPA Student Outreach and Career Awareness Committee, is held on a rotating basis at one of Connecticut's colleges or universities that offers accounting as a major. The event is designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn about the CPA profession and find out what a Certified Public Accountant actually does in his or her career. Invitations are mailed out to all high schools in Connecticut in early September, giving educators the opportunity to bring interested college-bound juniors and seniors. 



Outstanding High School Accounting Student Award 

High school accounting teachers are asked to nominate one accounting student from their school to receive this recognition. Student recipients will receive a customized certificate on behalf of the CTCPA, which will be mailed directly to the nominating educator. Nomination forms are typically available online in March, with an early April submission deadline.   

Criteria for the nominee are as follows:

  • The student is enrolled or was previously enrolled in an accounting class.
  • The student has earned a grade of B+ or higher in an accounting class.
  • The student is a senior and is college-bound.
  • The student demonstrates leadership qualities both inside and outside of the classroom. 
  • The student is an active participant in activities both inside and outside of the classroom.

Nominate a student for the award.



High School Visitation Programs

  • CPA Career Speakers: Volunteer CPAs of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants are eager and ready to speak in your classrooms! A CPA will come into your class and discuss the profession, his/her personal experiences as a CPA, and offer brochures – this is an interactive and close-up look at the career that you won't want to miss.   
    Looking for a speaker to discuss the CPA profession with your class? Request a speaker now.  If you have questions, contact Student Relations Specialist Jill Brightman at 860-258-0239 or jillb@ctcpas.org.
  • Me, Myself, My Money Financial Literacy Curriculum and Speakers: CTCPA developed Me, Myself, My Money to improve the financial literacy of high school students by introducing fundamental concepts for responsible personal financial management.
    Check out Me, Myself, My Money.  

Accounting Careers Recruitment Videos

These short videos are designed to help students hear and see firsthand the diversity and opportunity available with the CPA credential. The following are available for viewing on YouTube:



This interactive AICPA-produced site includes "Future Me," Salary Snapshots, the Going Places e-zine, Start Here magazine, college student profiles, a college checklist, and much more! The site also has an Educators Portal for teachers to navigate the latest news and resources. 

  • Download the newest issue of Start Here Magazine.
  • SHGP Teaching Assistant - The Teaching Assistant at StartHereGoPlaces.com is an online tool to help you engage your students in learning about rewarding careers in business and accounting. Through its easy-to-use web interface you can:
    • Review and share site content, including our print and online publications
    • Download teaching tools for our popular business simulation games
    • Email site content to your students and manage class email lists

You must first register as an educator on www.startheregoplaces.com and then log in to access the teacher assistance feature.

For a sneak peak at college life and beyond, visit Startheregoplaces.com's sister site, This Way to CPA


Point A to Point CPA

From point A to point CPA is an educators' guide to using Start Here, Go Places. in the classroom.  The interactive guide contains full activities and exercises that can be incorporated into current curriculum and classes.  The guide provides lesson plan ideas and a variety of activities like writing, group projects, games and presentations. Visit StartHereGoPlaces.com/PointAtoCPA2012 to start using the guide.



See more helpful links for educators.

For more information, contact Jill Brightman at jillb@ctcpas.org or 860-258-0239.