SC State Accounting Program Wins $30,000 Technology Infrastructure Award | Local

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The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Foundation awarded South Carolina State University’s accounting program a $30,000 technology infrastructure award for the purchase of desktop computers.

The award is given to accounting programs at minority-serving institutions to help accounting departments make technological and technology-related improvements that will help improve the learning experience for students earning a degree in accounting or business. a related field and will continue to become a certified audience. accounting.

The funds will be used to establish an accounting resource lab at the College of Business that will include both hardware and software.

Joseph Onyeocha, SC State associate professor of accounting/program coordinator, is the project director. He is also a CPA.

“This is fantastic news,” Onyeocha said. “This award will provide more opportunities for students to practice and improve their technology skills. It feeds into our CPA project, which was launched two years ago to increase the pool of minority students for a career in public accounting and become CPAs.

“In addition to providing students with memberships in professional accounting organizations such as the AICPA, we have also provided resources for coaching materials for the CPA exam and developed relationships with major accounting firms to offer internships” , did he declare.

Dr. Barbara Adams, Dean of the College of Business and Chair of the Accounting Department, is also a CPA and is thrilled with the opportunity this provides for students.

“African Americans are the most underrepresented group in the accounting profession,” Adams said. “Less than 3% of African Americans are CPAs and that hasn’t changed in over 50 years.

“This award, along with the PricewaterhouseCoopers Digital Skills Award received earlier in 2021, will ensure that South Carolina State University prepares and positions accounting students to add to the minority CPA pipeline,” she said.

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