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CAAP News 2021

The Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency (CAAP) program continues to be one of the most time-effective and affordable accounting programs in the country.

The CAAP (Certificate of Advanced Accounting Proficiency) program  graduated another group of 47 talented students this year. Many of the students attained jobs through CAAP connections and through recruiting events such as the Meet the Firms event (hosted by the SCU Accounting Association) in the fall or the summer CAAP Career Fair.

One of the most noticeable results of this non-traditional way to achieve a thorough accounting background (in a very concentrated period of time) is the diversity of the classes. Because students must have already attained an undergraduate degree in order to be admitted, we have students of all different ages, types of previous degrees, work experience, universities, and countries represented. In the last couple of years, for example, we had applicants just starting their careers (recognizing they would like to supplement their just-attained degree in another discipline) or starting a new career in accounting after retiring from their first one (e.g., teaching, firefighting);  from Egypt, India, Philippines, Canada, Zambia, and Afghanistan; and with previous degrees (undergraduate and graduate) in economics, psychology, political science, finance, math, engineering, communications, nutritional science, criminal justice, computer science, sociology, law, molecular biology, design management, chemistry, TV and film, toxicology, travel industry management, journalism, and kinesiology. The beauty of the program is that each of these students has recognized a new interest in accounting, taken the initiative to pursue the necessary education through the CAAP program, and moved forward (incorporating their experience and insight from their previous history) to participate in the many possible career trajectories in the accounting profession.

Our alums continue to donate their time and expertise by providing information (and warnings of the upcoming workload!) to prospective students in information sessions and orientations and by providing guidance to students throughout their program as mentors (each student in the program has one). We can’t thank the alums enough as they help direct and welcome the new students into the increasing network of CAAP graduates!

Congratulations to the following CAAP graduates from this past year!

Weekend 2020-2021 Graduates:

Eric Acedo, Randy Acosta, Priscila Aoki, Harkiran Arora, Kushan Balasooriya, Lucia Bautista Cruz, Kyle Birnie, Andrew Chang, Angelica Chavez, Ana-Maria Craciun, Emily Dunn, Michael Friesen, Christian Funk, Victoria Jang, Colin Jeong, Karishma Kamat, Cheyun Lee, Hyoyeon Lee, Wayne Lee, Sophie Liu, Charly Mejia Uc, Thuy Nguyen, Divya Darshini Ramakrishna, Eduardo Ruano, Amol Sachdev, Rachel Shih, Juleah Sinkler, Piparth Sriphong-Ngarm, Robert Tu, Cathy Vo, Luis Yepez, JoAnne Zinman

Summer 2021 Graduates:

Rahim Chishty, Andrew Choi, Lucia Gomes, Harman Grewal, Itai Khen, Melissa Mancias, Juan Moreno, Miguel Palomera Aguilar, Shannel Singh Kuver, Lucas Suen, Leah Thomas, Leah Upson, Lizeth Velarde Perez, Zoe Wang, Anna Zhao