Every summer for the past 18 years, the Dhaliwal-Reidy School of Accountancy in the Eller College of Management along with Ernst & Young (EY) has hosted The University of Arizona Business Careers Awareness Program (BCAP)—a program that provides students who are underrepresented in undergraduate accounting and business classes with an opportunity to explore business careers, learn about the University, and become involved in the Eller community.
This summer, BCAP is offering high school juniors a one-day BCAP experience and a one-week residential program.
“BCAP allowed me to expand my knowledge on a career that has always been one of my aspirations,” says Angela C. from Gilbert, Arizona. “BCAP is definitely a highlight of my life.”
During the one-day experience, students will gain exposure to accounting, marketing and business communication topics, network with Eller faculty, students and EY professionals, participate in a case study competition with $250 book scholarships for members of the winning team, and attend a closing reception and celebration.
Students who participate in the week-long residential program will have the opportunity to experience college life first-hand through on-campus housing, learn about career opportunities in business and accounting, take courses in accounting, marketing, ethics and business communication, attend a site visit to the EY Phoenix office, participate in a case study competition with $500 book scholarship for members of the winning team, and attend a closing banquet and celebration.
During the 18 years of BCAP, 587 high school students have participated in the week-long and one-day program. 146 BCAP participants have now graduated from the University of Arizona—85 of which chose degrees from the Eller College.
“BCAP has been one of the most memorable experiences that I have been through up to now and I’ve learned so much,” says Chelsea J. from Tucson, Arizona. “I now have a better understanding of what the business and finance field is all about and have actually earned an avid interest in it.”