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Insperity, GrowthForce and Houston CPA Society donate $15,0000 to KHS accounting program
Pictured in the accompanying photo from left to right are: Mohan Kuruvilla, HCPAS president-elect/University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business; Sheila Enriquez, HCPAS president/Briggs & Veselka; Jennifer Poff, HCPAS executive director; Kristin Chavira, KHS accounting teacher; Dr. Ted Landry, KHS principal; Dr. Elizabeth Fagen, Humble ISD superintendent; Jay Mincks, Insperity executive vice president of sales and marketing; Laura Abel, KHS accounting teacher and Stephen King, GrowthForce CEO. Students from the Kingwood High School honors accounting program surround the check presenters and recipients.
After learning about the need for additional computers and other critical supplies for the accounting program, CPAS Helping Schools joined forces with two Kingwood-based businesses, Insperity and GrowthForce, to make a $15,000 donation to the Kingwood High honors accounting program. The check presentation was held on Oct. 2 at Insperity’s corporate headquarters in Kingwood.
“Kingwood was one of the first schools we reached out to after the storm due to their accounting honors program,” said Jennifer Poff, HCPAS executive director. “The Houston CPA Society is dedicated to assisting schools in our local area that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey through our CPAs Helping Schools grant program.”
Poff notes that it is critical for the future of the accounting profession for the organization to reach out to middle school and high school students to get them interested in accounting programs and eventually become CPAs.
Insperity has also supported several Humble ISD initiatives that are focused on helping students succeed. “As a company that helps small businesses, Insperity is excited to encourage future entrepreneurs by supporting the KHS accounting program that teaches students the language of business,” said Jay E. Mincks, Insperity Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
GrowthForce CEO Stephen King agrees that supporting high school accounting students is the best way to teach students the business. In 2013, when he was chairman of the Northeast Satellite Committee of the HCPAS, King helped spearhead a pilot program, which prepares accounting teachers to instruct at an honors level. As a result of initiating an honors accounting program, GrowthForce now hires KHS accounting honors students as interns, allowing them to have real-world exposure to the accounting profession. He says that persuading high schools to offer honors accounting courses is also on the strategic agenda of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In support, the AICPA recently donated 30 accounting e-textbooks to KHS, as one of the success stories for this nationwide program.
“The plan is to find more CPAs to teach high school honors accounting, so we can replicate what we did at KHS at another school in Humble ISD,” King states. “Ultimately, we believe that teaching accounting early will increase the number of successful entrepreneurs and develop new CPAs to serve them. We are working hard to increase the number of young people going into accounting – and it starts in high school.”