Partnership aims to introduce students to accounting

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With the goal of creating new and innovative learning programs for K-12 students and teachers, Michigan Virtual entered a joint venture with the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA).

Michigan Virtual President & CEO Jamey Fitzpatrick and MICPA President & Chief Executive Officer Peggy Dzierzawski, CAE, established the general guiding principles of the collaboration, which are to provide an innovative pathway for middle and high school students to access quality online courses that introduce students to basic accounting principles and concepts. In addition, the exciting career opportunities in the accounting profession will be explored.

As lead partners in this strategic alliance, Michigan Virtual and MICPA are committed to providing highly interactive, engaging and relevant online accounting courses for high school students.

“MICPA has an active high school student outreach and recruitment program, including its very popular High School Leaders Conferences which attract hundred of high school students from across Michigan,” Fitzpatrick said. “We are excited about the opportunity this relationship will bring to Michigan school students to imagine the possibilities of what an accounting career has to offer.”

Michigan Virtual offers students a rich collection of online career resources and tools which support the state’s graduation requirement,” Dzierzawski said. “Collaborating with a forward thinking organization like Michigan Virtual to develop these new on-line courses offers students a unique opportunity to experience accounting from a different perspective than what is taught in the traditional classroom setting.”

As a result of this industry/association/education partnership, students will learn foundations of accounting, explore accounting career pathways in businesses of all sizes and apply accounting skills in a simulated environment. The results of the partnership will expand the current Michigan Virtual for Students course catalog which includes Personal Finance, Career Planning and Business Ethics.

About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual for Students and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

About Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants

MICPA, with 18,000 members, is the leading statewide professional organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the value of the CPA profession and represents Michigan CPAs working in business, education, government and public accounting. To learn more visit MICPA at www.michcpa.org.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.