Program seeks to develop the next generation of CPAs

MELISSA D. TRAVIS, president of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, said her group is launching a five-week training program to prepare college accounting and finance majors to land local jobs in “dynamic finance-sector professions.” / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CRANSTON – The Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants is launching a workforce-training program to help polish college students majoring in accounting and finance for the local job market.

Dubbed the Accounting and Finance Collaborative, the five-week program in May and June is aimed at bringing together college juniors and seniors with grade point averages of 3.0 or better with representatives from some of Rhode Island’s leading accounting firms and Real Jobs RI, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s primary state workforce-development initiative.

The purpose is to increase the talent development pipeline for the local accounting and financial services sector, while strengthening the state’s workforce.

The Rhode Island Society of CPAs “is excited to launch this … as we believe we can be a significant partner to the state’s efforts to enhance the skills of our future workforce, particularly these dynamic finance-sector professions,” said Melissa D. Travis, the society’s president.

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Students will receive “soft-skills” training in business development and sales, presentations and public speaking, social media usage, thought leadership, personal branding, marketing, networking, project management, financial literacy and more.

The weekly sessions will be held May 13 through June 19 at the society’s Training Center at 40 Sharpe Drive, Unit 5, in Cranston, from 9 a.m. to noon. Bus transportation passes are available for students. To register or for more information, contact or call (401) 331-5720.

Participating firms are BlumShapiro; DiSanto, Priest & Co.; Piccerelli, Gilstein & Co.; Sansiveri, Kimball & Co.; and TD Bank.

“We are confident that not only will these students benefit from the additional skills our collaborative program is offering, but the firms will benefit as new young professionals with enhanced skills become their employers,” Travis said.

Scott Blake is a PBN staff writer. Email him at

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