Richmond Community College Accounting major Larry Chavis of Ellerbe recently attended the Accounting Scholars Development Program at The University of Denver’s School of Accountancy at the Daniels College of Business. The program is aimed at minorities interested in the accounting field.
“Larry is a student who is eager to apply classroom knowledge to real life situations,” said RCC Accounting Professor Matilda Davis. “I encouraged him to apply for the program because I felt it would be a great opportunity for him to explore career options in the accounting profession, as well as network with top accounting firms. Our goal is to encourage our students to pursue successful careers and the Accounting Scholars Develop Program was a great beginning for Larry.”
Chavis was among 30 community college students selected nationwide and flown to Denver, Colorado for the week-long program.
“I gained insight into what it takes to become employed with one of the big five international accounting firms in the nation, who were also sponsors of the program. I learned about internship programs that give you the opportunity to work in a firm while still in graduate school. We participated in mock interviews, went over etiquette lessons regarding business dinners, and learned how to network with different professionals,” said Chavis.
Keynote speakers and case studies rounded out the week. As a non-traditional student in his mid-30s with a family, Chavis really enjoyed talking with an accounting firm representative who said she went back to college in her 30s after her children were older.
“It’s promising to know they are not just looking for 20-year-olds. They said they look at traditional and non-traditional students and that’s why they sponsor the program. I’ve attended RCC before, but when I came back this time; it was because I was suddenly unemployed. I decided to enroll in a field with job security and accountants are in demand,” said Chavis.
When he graduates in the spring, Chavis is headed to UNC-Greensboro where they have a fast-tracked master’s degree program. His goal is to become a certified public accountant.
“I’d tell anyone it is never too late to come back to school. RCC welcomes students of all ages, races, and genders and will support you in every way possible. I get the Hayden Scholarship, am a tutor, and a RCC Ambassador. This all has meant a lot to me and my future,” Chavis said.