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CAQ and EVERFI Develop High School Curriculum to Bring Diversity into Accounting

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The Center for Audit Quality (CAQ), a nonpartisan organization that serves as auditors for publicly traded companies in the United States, and EVERFI, Inc., a leading US social impact education innovator, today announced a new accounting education initiative for high school students. Announced.

Launched back-to-school, this innovative curriculum exposes students to a career in accounting, attracts greater diversity and representation within the profession, and removes barriers to entry from underrepresented and underserved groups. deal with. The program plays a key role in promoting occupational diversity and building a more diverse talent pipeline.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 76.3% of all accountants and auditors employed in the US are white. The accounting profession has made significant progress towards greater diversity, equity and inclusion through programs like CAQ. Accounting+ When bold ambition – Industry professionals are increasingly aware of gaps in providing vocational educational opportunities and resources to students in underserved communities. Formed from a strategic partnership between CAQ and EVERFI, this educational initiative provides high-quality programming on accounting careers in an accessible digital format to foster interest in accounting among high school students.

Liz Barentzen, Vice President of Talent Initiatives at CAQ, said: “Now, the National Schools Program allows us to reach out to the next generation of accounting professionals and enable students to see themselves within this growing profession. We are committed to making accounting more accessible and fostering impartial representation in the field.”

The program provides teachers and students with short-form resources on accounting careers with a focus on building a more diverse student pipeline and increasing the number of students who ultimately choose to major in accounting. It will start this fall. During the spring semester, the program will expand into an interactive digital experience for students across the country. A digital and interactive curriculum gives students an education that touches the accounting career through a lens that helps attract a more diverse population to the profession. The first-of-its-kind national education initiative aims to have He in at least 1,000 schools nationwide in the 2022-2023 school year and He in 3,000 schools in the 2023-2024 school year.

As part of its efforts to increase and expand interest in the accounting profession, CAQ sponsored a scholarship competition for students, awarding $50,000 in college scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year and $75,000 for the 2023-2024 academic year. award dollars

Ray Martinez, president and co-founder of EVERFI, said: “It is important to provide students with resources on career exploration before they graduate from high school. Accounting offers a highly desirable career track and can have a long-term positive impact on individuals and their families. We look forward to working with CAQ on this important initiative to ensure students have access to a dynamic and coordinated education for all available accounting-centric careers.”

For more information on EVERFI’s financial education program, please visit https://everfi.com/financial-education/.