High school accounting teacher receives grant for student career awareness activity

WICPADave Haas, an accounting teacher at DeForest Area High School, has been awarded an Accounting Careers Awareness Grant from the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) Educational Foundation.  This past fall Haas, along with other high school accounting teachers from around the state, attended a workshop sponsored by the Foundation.  Teachers who attend this workshop are eligible to apply for a grant to promote accounting as a potential career for students. The grant application requires that a Wisconsin CPA partner be involved in the project or activity.Haas_Dave (TEA)

According to Haas, he received a grant for $936, which he plans to use to fund a student field trip to Milwaukee. On March 16,  Haas will take 33 students enrolled in his Advanced Accounting class on a tour of Miller Park and hear from accounting representatives of the Milwaukee Brewers. After Miller Park, they will travel to downtown Milwaukee to visit with a panel of accountants from Baker Tilly.  The panel will discuss their career and job duties, and answer questions from students.

This is the tenth year of the Educational Foundation’s grant program. “The Board of Directors is very enthusiastic about the program, and continues to be impressed with accounting teachers who are involved with promoting accounting as a career,” said Renee Johnson, CPA and President of the WICPA Educational Foundation.

According to Johnson, the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs has spent several years working to make young people more aware of accounting as a career. “In doing so, we have come to understand that high school educators play a leading role in this effort. The Educational Foundation instituted grants in order to assist high school educators who have direct connections with young people who are likely to choose accounting as a career,” said Johnson. In a letter announcing the grant award, Johnson said that the grants encourage recipients to collaborate with CPAs, parents, schools, universities or community organizations. Grants provide seed money for local needs and encourage lasting innovations that can be shared with other teachers. Recipients document their projects and report back to the Educational Foundation and WICPA.

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