Haas awarded WICPA grant

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. haas_david

According to Haas, the grant will be used to take students in his Advanced Accounting class to Milwaukee to see how the Milwaukee Brewers organization is run and to tour their facilities. Students will also hear from team personnel about careers in accounting and business careers in the sports industry. The day will conclude with a tour of the Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP Milwaukee office and listening to a presentation from their staff.

This is the 11th 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.

“We are greatly encouraged by Wisconsin teachers’ interest in advancing high school accounting curriculum, networking with CPAs and professors, learning about accounting careers and higher education, and encouraging young peop0le to study accounting and become CPAs,” said Johnson.

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