What is ACAP?
The Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP) is a 501c-3 nonprofit organization. Development of the ACAP idea began in 1980, when accountants Mel Minnis, Boh Dickey and Ron Leveret became concerned about the small proportion of minorities from under-represented minority groups entering the accounting field. After recognizing that preparation for an accounting and business career should begin in the early years of junior and senior high school, they decided to design a pilot program that would promote ACAP’s mission, “to help underrepresented minority students realize the career opportunities available to them in accounting or other areas of business.”
What is ACAP Residency Week?
ACAP’s summer residency week program is for qualified sophomores, juniors and seniors in enrolled in high school throughout the Greater Seattle/Tacoma area. This educational and motivational week is held annually since 1982 at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Students are immersed in the college experience for the week, residing on campus, utilizing student services and classroom facilities as well as learning how to budget and manage interactively in a college environment. Thanks to generous donations from business partners and community members, the program is at no cost to the students and their families.
The program introduces the qualified participants to the accounting, business, economics and finance professions through an educational and interactive curriculum involving accounting, business, economics and finance professionals, University of Washington faculty, business, government and community mentors and ACAP alumni.