ACAP stands for Accounting Career Awareness Program and is a program of The National Association of Black Accountants, Center for Advancement of Minority Accountants. 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. Through ACAP’s efforts, students receive educational enrichment experiences and the practical help needed for college preparation and a career in accounting.
ACAP began in 1980 when the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), recognized the need for a program that would direct African-Americans and other underrepresented ethnic groups towards the accounting profession. Realizing that preparation for a professional career begins in junior and senior high school, the Seattle Chapter of NABA designed a pilot program that could mark a turning point in the academic lives of secondary students, motivating them to pursue a higher education.
ACAP revolves around a one-week summer residency program for high school students. The program introduces students to career opportunities in accounting through a carefully tailored curriculum involving local university faculty and guest lecturers from business and government.