When prospective college students think of business or business-adjacent careers, accounting is a field that often gets overlooked. Margaret Shackell, associate professor of accounting and business law at Ithaca College, is looking to change that. That’s why, this past summer, she, along with dozens of other faculty and staff members across the IC campus, worked with the School of Business to host the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program, bringing high school students to South Hill for three days.
“Accounting is a pretty excellent career opportunity. It’s interesting, it’s well-paid, it’s important, and not a lot of students know about it, especially if they don’t have family in accounting or in business,” Shackell said.
The program is part of an initiative by the New York State Society of CPAs to increase efforts to recruit minorities into the accounting profession, while allowing anyone to explore career paths in accounting. It’s also an example of the college’s strategic plan goals of being a year-round campus and being a national model for colleges committed to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.