Accounting Summit, DREAMBIG Prepare Future Leaders
High school juniors seeking transformative pre-college experiences need to apply now for two summer programs hosted by the College of Business. The Accounting Summit and the DREAMBIG Academy provide insight into potential careers in the world of business and a preview of college life at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Both programs prepare students who graduate from high school in May 2020 for the opportunities awaiting them in college and beyond.
The Accounting Summit, May 29-31, gives students a look at what majoring in accounting at Nebraska would offer and the potential careers associated with the field. The students stay in residence halls, work on projects with current accounting students and network with industry professionals during tours of local companies.
Jill Trucke, assistant professor of practice at the College of Business, leads the Accounting Summit. She sees the program as a chance to gain insight into the field of accounting that students might not receive in high school.
“If you have any sort of interest in business, whether in accounting or not, you should apply for the Accounting Summit. Nebraska Business alum Warren Buffett said that accounting is the language of business and this program allows students to explore the field and see if it is for them,” said Trucke.
For students looking to learn more about themselves along with the world of business, the DREAMBIG Academy is held July 21-25. Any person can nominate students for the program, whether they are a counselor, teacher, parent or friend. Requirements for the program include a minimum 2.5 GPA, an interest in business and meet at least one of the following criteria: first-generation college student, underrepresented identity or meet federal guidelines for low-income status or qualify for free or reduced lunch. Honored with a gold award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VI, the program emphasizes leadership, networking skills and success in the business world. Upon completion of the program, participants also qualify for the Emerging Leaders Scholarship.
Mark Barrera, assistant director of recruitment technology, leads the DREAMBIG Academy. He said he wants students in the program to feel comfortable and at home at the university.
“Past DREAMBIG Academy students tell us they learned more about themselves during the program than they expected. During the program, they find guidance and gain the confidence needed to pursue their college and career aspirations. Many past attendees choose to stay involved by serving as mentors, which only benefits the Academy even more,” Barrera said. “If you know a student who would benefit from this program, please nominate them today.”