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Summer Academies in Accounting and Leadership

June 29, 2022

More than 50 students from area middle and high schools attended academies at the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) last week. The day-long sessions focused on accounting and leadership, with speed mentoring and interactive sessions on budgeting, leadership and teamwork.

“Academies like this are enriched by participation from our community,” said Dr. Terry Nelson, CBPP Associate Dean. “We appreciate support from Credit Union 1, accounting firm BDO, business professionals, and the UAA TRIO program, who helped make the academies a success.”

Read more about the Summer Academies in Green & Gold.

What's Being Said About the Summer Academies at CBPP

Lucky Lo and Mariaha Afuvai High school students Lucky Lo and Mariaha Afuvai develop an idea for a small business as part of a Leadership Academy at the UAA College of Business and Public Policy on June 23, 2022

“The Accounting Summer Academy was a great opportunity to introduce middle school and high school students to the wide variety of career paths in accounting in a fun, interactive way.” – Stasia Straley, UAA accounting professor and organizer of the Accounting Summer Academy.

“I was thrilled to be asked to be a speed mentor. It’s really important when kids see success and are inspired.” – Regena Earhart, small business owner and UAA alumnus.

Student tries on IRS agent gear

“It was fun to talk to kids new to, or just entering, the workforce. We were able to give them tools to use when they enter a job for the first time. We are in a unique position to show minors what type of labor violations they may face when they get a job.” – Jeremy Applegate, Investigator, Wage and Hour Division of the State of Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

“I’m going home tonight and will thank my parents. They’ve always been behind the scenes working hard to balance the budget and now I realize how hard that is.” – Mariaha Afuvai, Academy participant.