SCACPA understands the value of promoting the CPA credential to students at all educational levels. That’s why we formed the Growing the Accounting Profession Committee – to organize programs that attract students into the accounting profession while also serving as a link between accounting educators and practicing professionals.

The GAP Committee also promotes the need for organizations to welcome employees who are diverse in gender, race, ethnicity, age and social status. The goal is that organizations will then better understand the communities and marketplaces they serve.

This committee consists of 11 SCACPA members, including three Board members and two Past Chairs. The GAP Committee is chaired by Board Member Uvette Pope-Rogers, CPA.

“It’s important that all CPAs are open to reaching out and dedicating resources toward the CPA Pipeline. With our help, high school students can become accounting majors, and accounting majors can earn their CPA license,” Vette said. “The future of the profession will be here before we know it.”

There are many ways in which SCACPA members can help. In addition to welcoming those who would like to join the GAP Committee, we are in need of CPAs who can volunteer as speakers.

The success of the GAP Committee will depend on a deep selection of presenters with different backgrounds and experiences, from industry, government and public accounting.

Whether you are a CPA who has many years of experience or you are new to the profession, this is the opportunity for your voice to be heard first by the next generation of CPAs across South Carolina. SCACPA will provide you with resources and materials for your presentations, and a future GAP Committee meeting will include training for presenters.

“I know there are so many SCACPA members who would be excited to talk about their careers to students,” Vette said. “We can put you in the right place in your community, whether you’re comfortable talking to a small group of students at a time or in front of a school’s auditorium.”

Many South Carolina high schools and colleges have been receptive to SCACPA student presentations in their classrooms and their events. We will continue to seek out new areas of the state that we feel will be receptive to our message.

The GAP Committee also wants to discover which SCACPA members are willing to volunteer to serve as a resource for today’s college students who are trying to find their way when it comes to internship opportunities and CPA Exam guidance.

When it comes to accounting careers and academic relations, you can also reach out to the GAP Committee if you have thoughts about what tools you think will be needed for today’s students to thrive in tomorrow’s workplace.

Email communications@scacpa.org if you are interested in contributing to the important work underway with the Gap Committee.

You can explore all of SCACPA’s volunteer opportunities by applying online to tell us about your interests at www.scacpa.org/volunteer. Check out SCACPA’s Volunteer Brochure here for more information about our opportunities that are always available.

SCACPA thanks all our volunteers of the past, present and future. What began as our Association in 1915 today now has an active membership of nearly 4,300 CPAs, and we are stronger together.

Our GAP Committee members include:

Chair: Vette Rogers*, CPA, Central Chapter, Children’s Trust of SC

Timothy L. Baker**, CPA, Central Chapter, USC Darla Moore School of Business

Dr. Clarence Coleman**, CPA, Catawba Chapter, Winthrop University, Retired

Shannon L. Fortenberry, CPA, Coastal Chapter, Johnson Lambert LLP

Angela Geter, CPA, Foothills Chapter

Charles Hill, CPA, Central Chapter

Damon Hilton, CPA, Piedmont Chapter, Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.

Amy Long, CPA, Central Chapter, Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, PA

Christopher Moss, CPA, Coastal Chapter, H. Christopher Moss, CPA

James B. Starks IV, CPA, Piedmont Chapter, Bradshaw Gordon & Clinkscales, LLC

Tamara Stewart, CPA, Piedmont Chapter, IH Services, Inc., Gatekeeper Maintenance, Inc.

 

*also a SCACPA Board Member

** also a SCACPA Board Member and Past Chair

 

SCACPA staff liaison: Elaine Mikell, emikell@scacpa.org