Donna Brady counts herself lucky to run a camp for high schoolers.
BY VICKI SANDERS
It would be understandable to think that by the end of the academic year Assistant Professor Donna Brady, program director of Fisher’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting, would be ready to shut the lid on her QuickBooks primer and take a break from teaching.
But that’s not Brady’s style.
This past July, for the third year in a row, she brought to Fisher the week-long Accounting Career Awareness Program (ACAP), a learning initiative for high school juniors and seniors conducted at colleges and universities across the country. Its goal? To increase the number of underrepresented ethnic minorities pursuing careers in accounting.
Directing the week-long residency program is a la-bor of love for Brady, whose past experience in the accounting field includes a career at Pricewaterhouse-Coopers (PwC), one of the Big Four auditors and the second largest professional services firm in the world. At PwC (then Coopers & Lybrand), Brady was a supervisor in the audit area, now known as assurance.
As an educator, she enjoys being part of young people’s journey of discovery in accounting.
“Students interested in the accounting world really get a hands-on experience throughout the week and a deeper under-standing of what is needed to succeed,” she said.
The interactive enrichment program, a kind of accounting camp, introduces students to accounting, finance, economics, and management through a focused, undergraduate-level curriculum taught by Fisher faculty and guest lecturers. During their stay in Boston, the Fisher ACAP students receive instruction from employees of a Big Four firm, and go on field trips to Deloitte, TD Garden, Fen-way Park, and the Museum of Science. Speakers at each venue offer insights into the role of accounting in their respective businesses.
“I feel that [ACAP] is an excellent opportunity to expose greater Boston area high school students to the field of accounting, business, and to Fisher College,” Brady said. “Students have expressed their approval of the program by stating that they wished it lasted more than a week.”