FCC and MSMU Holding Accounting Career Night Open to the Public


Frederick Community College (FCC) and Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU) will co-sponsor an Accounting Career Night at the FCC Conference Center on Thursday evening, November 17, 2016.

The Accounting Career Night is open to the public and intended to help community members rediscover accounting. Accountants today are key members of an organization’s management team and work in a variety of industries with diverse specializations including auditing, income taxes, and budget and financial analysis. They also serve new areas such as forensic accounting, which will be a main topic for the event.

“Accountants no longer fit that stereotypical role of a pencil pusher plugging numbers into a calculator,” said Michael Martin, Program Manager of the FCC Accounting Program. “Accounting is now a very exciting field that can open the door to many career opportunities. For example, to be an FBI Special Agent, you’re required to major in one of only five programs and accounting is one of those programs.”

This event is geared toward current and potential accounting students, accounting professionals, and anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of accounting career opportunities.

Activities will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with registration, networking time, and complimentary food and drink. At 6:30 p.m., Professor Larry Hoffman, the Accounting Forensic Program Director at MSMU, will deliver the keynote address on forensic accounting. Professor Hoffman, a CPA with a nationally known practice in forensic accounting, has been involved in numerous high-profile cases as a consulting and testifying expert. He has also authored articles on forensic accounting in the areas of fraud investigation, prevention, and detection.

Two break-out sessions will follow Professor Hoffman’s address.  Michael Caggiano, Senior Managing Director for Robert Half, the world’s largest specialized staffing agency, will present on “Accounting as a Platform for the Future.” Caggiano, who has started, acquired, merged, or sold more than 30 firms in his 30 years of experience, will discuss different career opportunities in accounting and the natural progression throughout one's career path.

Mike Martin, FCC Accounting Program Manager, and Ray Speciale, MSMU Accounting Professor, will hold a session on the educational requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam and additional requirements needed for CPA licensure in Maryland.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend both sessions. The event will conclude at 9 p.m. with a reception.

For questions about the Accounting Career Night, contact Mike Martin at 301.846.2543. Although advance registration is not required, preregistration is encouraged. Register by clicking here.