August 01, 2019

RISCPA Workforce Skills Training Program for College Accounting/Finance Majors will launch a Second Training Session in January 2020

The RI Society of CPAs (RISCPA), will launch its second workforce skills training program for college juniors and seniors in accounting and financial majors this winter, January 2020. The program is offered through the Accounting & Financial Collaborative, part of a RealJobsRI workforce training grant. The Collaborative is composed of the RI Society, local CPA firms BlumShapiro, DiSanto, Priest & Co., Piccerelli, Gilstein & Co., LLP, Sansiveri, Kimball & Co., LLP, as well as TD Bank. Rhode Island College is the organizational partner. Students participating are drawn from Rhode Island College, the University of RI, Johnson & Wales, Bryant University & some southeastern Mass. colleges. Here’s what some students from the first session told RISCPA after completing the training program:

Thank you again for all your help in making the collaborative as great as it was!
Nick Lautieri

I want to thank you for all your help through the program, it was very informative, and we gained a great deal of experience and great skills that will help us to be
better business people.
Maria Daikh

RISCPA became the first state society in the U.S. to apply for and receive a workforce training grant. The first of its kind 4-week training collaborative was aimed at increasing the job skills of college juniors and seniors in RI pursuing jobs in accounting and financial services. Skills development were taught in areas such as public speaking and presentations, social media usage, thought leadership, business development and sales, personal branding, marketing, networking, project management, financial literacy and other workforce skills.

"RISCPA is determined to become a central partner to firms in the accounting and finance sectors and positively impact the state’s efforts to enhance the skill readiness of young people entering the job pipeline of these professions,” says RISCPA President Melissa Travis. “We are confident that not only will these students benefit from the additional skills our program provided them, but the firms will benefit as new young professionals with enhanced skills become their employees.” Several of the students who participated in the spring 2019 launch received job offers connected to the networking which was provided during the training.

For more information about the program, go to or call the RI Society at (401) 331-5720.