High School


The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) is a one-week residency program for high school students interested in a career in business. The primary objective of the ACAP is to increase the number of high school students from underrepresented ethnic groups that attend college and major in accounting. The ACAP Committee is responsible for planning and organizing a one-week summer residency program for high school students. The program is held annually at the University of Texas at Austin. The program introduces students to the accounting and finance profession through a carefully tailored curriculum involving UT Austin faculty and guest lecturers. For more information about the ACAP program and registration, click here.

For more information on the NABA Austin / Central Texas ACAP program, please contact us at vpstudents@naba-austincentex.org

History of ACAP

ACAP began in 1980 when NABA recognized the need for a program that would direct African-Americans and other minorities towards the accounting profession. Recognizing that preparation for a professional career begins in the junior and senior years of high school, NABA designed a one-week residency program where students have the opportunity to attend classes on careers in accounting and business, personal development and college preparation.

Since a particularly small percentage of African-Americans, Hispanic and Native Americans are currently pursuing those career paths the program emphasizes recruiting students from these and other minority backgrounds. Students are selected based on a variety of factors, including high school counselor recommendations and student applications.

ACAP is a summer residency program giving students the opportunity to reside in dorms at a local sponsoring college campus for five days and attend classes on accounting and college preparation. Classroom topics are enhanced through team building activities, professional office tours, field trips and other activities.