The workshop is
designed to strengthen students’ understanding of earning the CPA credential
|Esmeralda Gutierrez (R) with Professor Leonor Cabrera|
Cañada College student Esmeralda Gutierrez will travel to
Denver, Colorado, July 7-11 to participate in the Accounting Scholars
Development Program. At the event, she will join other aspiring accountants
honing her skills and learning about career opportunities.
The workshop is sponsored by the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants Foundation. Through speakers, panel discussions and
interactive programs, participants gain confidence and an enhanced
understanding of the various career paths in the accounting profession. An
all-expenses paid event, the AICPA Foundation covers the cost of student
attendees’ transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals.
Gutierrez enrolled at Cañada in the fall of 2012 intent on
earning a certificate in medical billing but was soon motivated by Leonor
Cabrera, professor of accounting, to apply for scholarships and pursue a career
in accounting. Cabrera also encouraged Gutierrez to apply for the Accounting
Scholars Development Program.
“I felt good that I applied, but I didn’t want to get my
hopes up because I didn’t feel my personal statement was good enough,”
Gutierrez said. Soon after, she received an email notifying her that she had
received the Cañada College Accounting Scholarship and later found out she was
accepted into the Accounting Scholars Development Program.
Gutierrez participated in the May 25 Commencement Ceremony
at Cañada to receive her Entry-Level Bookkeeper Certificate but now she is
considering transferring to a university. “I still need to get advice on where
to transfer but I know I want to become a CPA,” she said.
The 2003 Sequoia High School graduate said she is looking
forward to applying the skills gained in the development program towards her
education. In Denver, Gutierrez will participate in numerous sessions and panel discussions
covering a wide array of topics such as developing leadership skills and
passing the CPA exam. Gutierrez will also have the opportunity to interact with
CPA professionals who will impart knowledge regarding career opportunities in
accounting and the value of networking.
“I am really excited for this opportunity and want to thank
Professor Cabrera for helping me realize this was something I could do,” she