SMFHS students learn about accounting careers at KSU

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The Accounting/Business Management students at Stow-Munroe Falls High School attended Accounting Career Day at Kent State University in October.

The Ohio Society of CPAs and Kent State University host this annual event to encourage high school students to pursue a business degree and enter the field of Accounting, Finance, and Management. Several area CPAs, Kent State Professors, and Professionals from the Ohio Society of CPAs give presentations and answer questions about "Life as a CPA." The professional student organizations in the School of Business also make presentations and organize and run this field trip for the students.

"Accounting is one of our strongest elective programs at SMFHS," said Lark Forbes, business instructor, Accounting, Business Management, Business Pathways, and Marketing Fundamentals.

"Over 40 Stow business students (the largest group) attended this function. We have been attending this annual event for several years. It is an excellent field trip -- informative, organized, and motivating."

At KSU the students receive valuable information when exploring accounting as a potential future career. The opportunity to meet with students in the Accounting Association and Beta Alpha Psi shows the importance of club activities, networking, and community service. The Ohio Society of CPAs provides information in the form of handouts and their state representative who explains the benefits of a student or professional membership in their organization. Students also receive information from professors and campus representatives about the School of Business, Accounting programs, and Learning Communities.

"One of the strongest benefits of this field trip is for our students to meet and hear from actual CPAs who work in the field of Accounting and Finance. Many of our students are just beginning to learn about the importance of receiving certification and becoming a CPA to succeed in this growing field," said Forbes.

"It is beneficial for them to hear about Kent State students and the path they have taken since high school. Kent State students are obviously very passionate about their choice of major and the benefits of being a Kent State Accounting Major. The internships Kent State provides through area accounting firms is one of the best in the area. Many KSU students are fortunate to intern at one of the top four accounting firms and later receive a job offer after graduation. Our students are interested in entering fields that they will enjoy and will provide job opportunities.

"They always come away from this field trip with the knowledge the field of accounting can provide an excellent future" she added.

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