Garden City, NY - September 24, 2015 - For five years, Adelphi University has hosted the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP), a program intended to introduce minority high school juniors to the accounting profession, with the New York Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), a non-profit organization representing CPAs throughout New York State. More than 40 students from the region took part in an informative and intensive five day program to provide a pathway to success in the accounting field. For the affordable price of $30, participants were able to learn about the field of accounting through classes and workshops on Adelphi’s Garden City campus, as well as trips to accounting firms such as Margolin, Winer & Evens, LLP in Garden City and Eisneramper, LLP in Melville.
During the COAP program, Adelphi professors, current students, and recent alumni volunteered to enrich the college campus experience for the participants. Supplementing classes and student discussion panels were valuable opportunities for these students to take part in, everything from an etiquette dinner to a trip to the accounting department of the New York Mets. After the day’s events, the high school juniors stayed in the residence halls on campus to further help them gain life skills outside of the classroom setting. Jack Angel, associate professor in the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, co-chair of the COAP committee and the program’s coordinator, noted that one of the strengths of the program was that Adelphi provides mentors to these high school students and not just classroom instruction.
The COAP program is unique in the service it provides to the surrounding community. In enabling young men and women to participate in this opportunity without being a financial burden on their families, Adelphi helps set attainable goals of attending college and succeeding in the accounting profession. Olivia Autry, a senior accounting major who helped with the program noted, “Unlike other programs where participants have to pay an exorbitant amount to attend, the COAP program is only $30, which allows students who come from families with lower income the opportunity to receive a quality education in the accounting field as well as all of the future opportunities it can bring.”
About Adelphi University
New York’s Adelphi University is a nationally ranked, doctoral research university where students succeed by gaining the skills, knowledge and exposure to thrive as professionals and active citizens in an interconnected and fast-paced global society. Today, nearly 8,000 students from 38 states and 46 countries pursue degrees in person and online through Adelphi’s eight distinguished schools and programs—the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, the Honors College, the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, the College of Nursing and Public Health and the School of Social Work. Chartered in 1896, Adelphi is known for offering a personalized education—one is which students are mentored by talented and committed faculty members and readily find opportunities to initiate, innovate, explore and understand. With dynamic learning hubs on Long Island, in Manhattan and in the Hudson Valley, Adelphi serves communities, both regionally and globally, through the research and practice of its faculty, the collaborative initiatives undertaken by its centers and programs, the staging of distinguished cultural events and, most essentially, the education of future leaders and informed citizens.