Anna Darty, a high school senior from Birmingham, Alabama, raises her hand during discussion with the Mississippi State Office of Admissions and Scholarship representatives during accounting camp at Mississippi State this past week. Photo by: Logan Kirkland/Courtesy photo
July 21, 2018 10:06:33 PM
This past week, 20 rising high school seniors from across Mississippi and neighboring states got an inside look at the world of accounting and university life at Mississippi State.
Now in its fourth year, MSU's Accelerating Students into the Accounting Profession (ASAP) summer camp is the first of its kind in Mississippi. The camp was created by Krystle Dixon, academic coordinator for MSU's Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy. In addition to gaining a new perspective on the accounting field, students heard from professionals and took a tour of a local firm to obtain a first-hand look at audit, tax, corporate accounting and advisory services.
"I did some research and saw other accounting camps around the nation," Dixon said. "I knew it could be done here. The faculty were very receptive and supportive. The first year we had 10 students, and then it went to 20. I feel like it will continue to grow."
ASAP participants created their own businesses and pitched their companies during a "Shark Tank" style competition. The camp partnered with the MSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach on the endeavor. If camp participants enroll at MSU and major in accounting, they will get priority admission into the CEO's Venture Catalyst program, as well as $500 to work on their business idea.
"They have to create their own business and get ready to present it the next day," Dixon said. "It's stressful but it's really good for them to get their feet wet."
Housed in MSU's College of Business, the Adkerson School of Accountancy is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the world's largest business education network and longest-serving accrediting body for business schools with undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. The school boasts a 100 percent job placement rate among its graduates.
"The ASAP camp is a wonderful way for high school students to learn about accounting careers and the premier accounting programs offered at Mississippi State University," said Shawn Mauldin, professor and director of the Adkerson School of Accountancy.
For more on the ASAP summer camp, visit business.msstate.edu/asap/.