This past summer, Miss Shailyn Milan, a student at Russellville ATC attended The Kentucky Society of CPAs Business & Accounting Summer Education (BASE) Camp for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at Bellarmine University’s Campus in Louisville, KY. She is the daughter of Malcolm and Shawnri Merriweather of Russellville and Shad Milan of Louisville. She is a Junior at Russellville High School and a Business Student at the Russellville ATC in Mrs. Paulette Smith’s Accounting and Finance classes.
Students who apply for the limited positions must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale; complete the online application form; and also have a teacher complete the online Teacher Recommendation. BASE camp is an event where students acquire many benefits. Students have the opportunity to experience dorm life at Bellarmine University Hall, visit four different college campuses, work as a team to complete a case study challenge throughout the week and then present the final project to peers and other guests, as well as so much more. Shailyn commented about BASE Camp, “I loved being able to join the BASE Camp group! I made new friends, I learned a lot, and met very important business people. I was able to explore my career in accounting and decide on the school I want to attend when I graduate high school!”
The two main goals of BASE Camp are to encourage students to acquire the educational background they need to major in business or accounting at a college or university; and to promote career awareness through the use of business role models, allowing students to learn about opportunities in accounting and business early enough to prepare for them. Some activities they experience during the 3-day camp are: meet successful business leaders, enjoy fun social activities, learn about networking and team building, tour an international company and the offices of top CPA firms, and explore career options in business and accounting.