High School Students of Color Hear About Business Careers at School of Management Summer Program

AMHERST, Mass. - Thirty high school students of color from across Massachusetts will spend a week this summer learning about professional careers in accounting and management, thanks to a new program at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

The Careers in Accounting and Management Professions (CAMP) program, which runs from Aug. 2-7, features on-campus residency for students, classroom instruction by School of Management faculty, workshops on various aspects of college life from administrative staff, and visits to businesses. Day trips are scheduled to the Boston accounting firm Ernst & Young and the Friendly Ice Cream Corp. of Wilbraham. Ernst & Young, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the chancellor’s Council on Community, Diversity, and Social Justice, are providing funding and sponsorship.

Dennis Hanno, associate dean for undergraduate matters at the Isenberg School of Management, says, "The goal of the program is to provide participants with a preview of college life, both the academic and social side." Bringing the students to the Amherst campus gives program organizers a chance to showcase the University and to give high school students of color a look at career possibilities in the business world once they graduate. The CAMP program was developed by the department of accounting and information systems and the Diversity in Management Education Services office at the University.

Program participants will also have the chance to talk to current students at the School of Management and recent graduates about their experiences. Workshops during the week will cover basic career skills such as effective writing, interpersonal skills, team-building, interview techniques, and computer skills. In addition, there will be free time each day for social and athletic activities. And when the program is done, Hanno says, the department will stay in touch with the students. Those who decide to attend the University will be eligible to compete for an annual $1,000 scholarship and can serve as counselors at future CAMP programs.

Participants come from Brockton High School, Hyde Park High School, and Boston Latin School in Boston, Pittsfield High School, Amherst Regional High School, Central, Commerce, and Springfield Science and Technology high schools in Springfield, Northampton High School, Holyoke High School, and Burncoat Senior, Doherty Memorial, and South Community high schools in Worcester.