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Summer program helps minority youth prepare for college

July 31, 2014, Wendell Hughes

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The youth is the key to our future. This idea is one Michael Haywood, director of minority affairs, holds dear to his heart while coordinating the Exploring Careers in Accounting and Business program. The program prepares minority high school students from all over the country for college.

This year, twenty-four students, converged on the SIU campus for eight days to learn about careers in accounting and business.  Nine seniors, 11 juniors, and four sophomores made SIU their home this week.

During the week, students attend lectures about management, accounting and marketing. In addition to attending lectures, students prepared for the ACT and practiced skills such as time management and networking. Students also got the chance to see how some top US companies such as Boeing, Deloitte and KPMG conduct business.  The week wasn’t all work, it included cookouts, skating, and other activities to foster socialization and to make their experience one to remember.

The Exploring Career in Accounting and Business program is supported by Marcus Odom, professor of accountancy, the school of accountancy, the SIU College of Business, Emerson, KPMG LLP and Deloitte LLP.