3 Minutes With: Accounting Is a Language of Business

Most people who enter accounting either knew someone in the field or took a course in high school, says Crystal Cooke, director of diversity and inclusion for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. However, many schools where minority students are the majority don’t offer an accounting major.

“A lot of minorities don’t have an accountant in their world,” she says. “They don’t see accounting. They don’t even think of the major.”

The AICPA works with middle- and high schools to introduce accounting to students who aren’t exposed to it, Cooke says. Through its Pilot Bridge Program, the organization educates teachers on how to provide instruction on what the career is and how to teach accounting in school.

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