Are you a high school student or do you know any high school students who are interested in pursuing academic studies in following career areas when they begin college---accounting, finance, management, technology, or other business-related fields including entrepreneurship? If so, the Accelerated Career Awareness Program (ACAP®) is just the right program to help you make that career decision! We invite you to read further to learn more about ACAP® and how you can apply to participate in the program.
WHAT IS ACAP®?
The Accelerated Career Awareness program (ACAP®) is a program for underrepresented high school students (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors). NABA, Inc. aims to build future Black Business Leaders through ACAP with focus on directing them to majoring in accounting, finance, technology, and/or other business-related fields including entrepreneurship. It includes a one-week residency at a college or university combined with year-round programming.
During a week-long summer residency program, a select group of students can explore careers in the business-related fields noted above through a rigorous class and study schedule, college-level content, and valuable networking opportunities. The program also provides the foundation of financial literacy and the development of interpersonal skills. Prominent business leaders share their knowledge, provide tips for success, and discuss career paths.
Students have an opportunity to explore accounting, finance and business-related fields through tours of a local certified public accounting firm and companies in the private sector. In addition, students learn the value of collaboration and teamwork through a group project or case study initiative. The program concludes with a recognition luncheon for students, parents, speakers, and corporate partners.
ACAP's unique pipeline from high school to college allows students to become prepared and informed about the expectations of college and experience dorm life. Through the mentoring initiative, students focus on academic excellence and time management to matriculate to college with the proper tools to succeed. The program is fully supervised, and all expenses are paid. Students who are selected will receive room and board, books, materials, tools, a NABA, Inc. high school membership, and they are provided ample networking opportunities.
Since its inception in 1980, the program has served as a turning point in the academic lives of thousands of high school students. ACAP encourages participating students to pursue higher education and assists in developing their own career path to reach their full potential.
Requirements to apply for ACAP ®:
• 2 .0 for freshman & sophomores
• 2.5 for juniors & seniors
• 2 letters of recommendations
• Unofficial transcript
• 100-word essay
PROGRAM FLYER AND BROCHURE
Download the 2023 ACAP® promotional flyer by clicking the following link: 2023_ACAP_NABA_Flyer.pdf
Download the 2023 What Is ACAP®? - tri-fold brochure by clicking the following link: ACAP_2023_What_Is_ACAP_Tri-Fold-Brochure.pdf
PROGRAM DATES AND LOCATION
The NABA Greater Louisville ACAP® program will be held July 16 – 22, 2023 on the University of Louisville campus.
STUDENT APPLICATION LINK AND DEADLINE
The link to the 2023 online student application is as follows: 2023 ACAP Application Portal
The deadline for the submission of student applications and required recommendation letters is May 19, 2023.
Applicants should show an interest in pursuing studies in the academic areas which are the central focus of the ACAP® program---accounting, finance, technology, and/or other business-related fields including entrepreneurship. A student can be undecided about his/her career choices but should demonstrated a desire to want to learn more about the noted career areas.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or interested in having the ACAP® Committee visit your high school to do an ACAP® presentation.
CHAPTER ACAP® CONTACT PERSON
Jerica Kelso is the Greater Louisville NABA Chapter contact person for the 2023 ACAP® program. She can be reached at (502) 791-6296.
NABA GREATER LOUISVILLE PROFESSIONAL CHAPTER
The Greater Louisville NABA Chapter has shown its dedication to bridging opportunity gaps for minority students through specifically designed programming initiatives aimed at students in the high school through college graduation levels to provide leadership and technical training, as well as networking and career opportunities. We do so to increase the exposure for minority students to promising accounting, finance, and other business-related career options.
WHAT ARE THE COMMUNITY BENEFITS OF NABA®?
- COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Helps institutions with recruitment, diversification, and community involvement.
- ACCOUNTING, FINANCE, IT, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND OTHER BUSINESS-RELATED PROFESSIONS
Informs students about the vast opportunities available to them in the program’s central focus career areas.
Provides a talented and diverse pool for the workforce.
Supporting ACAP®, helps to increase the number of programs for underrepresented students to enable the exploration of the central focus career areas noted above. To meet the global changes of the 21st century, ACAP® is working to change the face of business and its supportive workforce.
NABA is committed to developing and increasing the number of future Black Business Leaders through its various initiatives and is effectively positioned to create a more just and equitable global workforce.