Belmont University’s College of Business Administration (COBA) recently hosted 46 high school students and rising college freshmen from across the state of Tennessee for the ninth annual Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) Accounting Academy. Directed by Dr. Del DeVries, assistant professor of accounting and information systems, and Dr. Jane Dillard-Eggers, associate professor of accounting, this free, four-day camp offers students the opportunity to explore careers in accounting and learn more about the dynamic world of business. The students participated in multiple interactive team projects and visited several area businesses, including Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, and the Tennessee Titans Practice Facility.
Participants found the experience to be enlightening, making such comments as “It has opened my eyes and shown me that this is something that is interesting, and it’s a job I could never get bored in” and “I am excited about the things I learned about the different accounting careers and all of the friends I made here. I plan to use my experience to choose my career in accounting and to apply it to my life.”
This is the fourth consecutive year the program has been hosted at Belmont University. COBA Dean and Interim Provost Dr. Pat Raines said, “Our partnership with the TSCPA provides a valuable resource to the Nashville community. High School students from around the state learn about accounting careers through interactive programming, our experienced faculty and professionals in the field.”
Belmont’s College of Business Administration has been selected to host the camp again in 2011. To learn more about the TSCPA Accounting Academy, please contact the TSCPA office at 615-377-3825. High school juniors and seniors in Tennessee are eligible to apply, with applications for the 2011 camp available next spring.