SANTA CLARA, CALIF. – April 21, 2015 – Santa Clara University alumna Yen Duong, a 2012 graduate of the Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) course, has been awarded the 2014 Elijah Watt Sells Award by the American Institute of CPAs for extraordinary performance in the CPA examination.
Only 60 of the more than 90,000 individuals sitting for the exam in 2014 met the criteria for the award: candidates must reach a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA exam, pass each section on their first attempt, and complete testing in 2014.
Duong, who earned her computer engineering degree from Santa Clara in 2006, returned to the University to enroll in the 14-week, summer CAAP program, designed to prepare non-accountants to sit for the CPA exam. She is one of two California-educated students who received the award. She is employed by Ernst & Young, LLP, in its San Jose office.
The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency was launched in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in 2000, and has certified more than 1,000 participants. Alumni of the program are found in the “Big Four” international accounting firms, as well as regional and smaller local practices, and, in a recent survey, 88% of the Summer 2014 cohort reported working in accounting-related roles.
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