Pace COAP Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary

20th Anniversary for Pace COAP Program
Encouraging Minority Accountants

Field trip to Ernst & Young

Pace alumni Dan Stubbs speaking to students

The business etiquette dinner

Pace alumna Liz Diep with students at the etiquette dinner

COAP class of 2006
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and Pace University are celebrating the 20th year of the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) Program with 37 high school juniors attending the 2006 residency program at Pace's Pleasantville and downtown Manhattan campuses from June 25 to June 29. Over 950 students have graduated from the Pace COAP Program since it began in 1987, and over 1,500 students have participated in the COAP program over the twenty years since. The program now takes place on nine college and university campuses across the state.

The COAP program began due to the lack of minority professionals in the accounting field. Even today, only two out of ten new accounting hires are from minority backgrounds. By attending COAP courses and seeing accountants in their work environments, these students are given an invaluable opportunity to see what possibilities lie ahead of them. All of the sessions are conducted by CPAs as well as other professionals in business and academe, some of whom are Pace University staff and alumni. The COAP students live on the Pace University Pleasantville campus during the program, giving them a first hand look at college life.

The Pace COAP program, which is free of charge for the students, includes classes taught by NYSSCPA members as well as field trips to MTVN and Ernst & Young. The students also work in teams during the COAP week to develop skits related to professional themes or topics, which are then presented to a panel of CPAs, including a partner of Ernst & Young and members of the Pace COAP Advisory Board, who will select the best skit. The winning team will be recognized at the closing banquet and invited to have lunch with partners of selected CPA firms. The program will conclude with a banquet and keynote addresses by Carol Greene, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Joseph Baczko, Dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. Some of the topics to be covered during the five day program include:
  • Accounting Overview/Career Opportunities
  • Networking
  • Goal Setting
  • Preparing for College
  • Dining Etiquette
  • Financial Literacy
  • Communication Skills
About the NYSSCPA
Representing 30,000 CPAs, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) is the oldest and largest state accounting organization in the nation. Incorporated in 1897, the Society is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to establish and maintain high standards of integrity, honor, and character among certified public accountants. Its members are CPAs working in public practice, industry, government and education in a state that serves as the home of Wall Street and major financial institutions.