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Twenty rising high school juniors from across Tennessee will participate in the Accounting and Information Management Academy July 16-20 at UT’s Haslam College of Business.

Janice Branch
Janice Branch

Highlights of the program include a Jeopardy-style game where students join teams to compete and test their knowledge, and a financial literacy workshop called “It’s Your Money!”

The students, who have an average GPA of 3.6, were selected through a competitive process requiring essays, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. The mission of the academy is to expose underrepresented students to the dynamics of the accounting world.

“The curiosity these students demonstrated in their applications was profound,” said Janice Branch, coordinator of academic support and engagement in the college’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations. “They were very specific in wanting to learn about accounting and their desire to attend the University of Tennessee.”

Now in its second year, the AIM Academy is sponsored by Dixon Hughes Goodman, a top-twenty public accounting firm.

“We’re proud to partner with UT and the AIM Academy,” said Heather White, a campus recruiter with Dixon Hughes Goodman. “We are able to build relationships with best-in-class, high-potential students and introduce them to the accounting industry.”

The students will also learn about college admissions and financial aid, the foundations of accounting, business etiquette, professionalism, team building and financial literacy, all taught by UT faculty and Dixon Hughes Goodman staff members.

“These students will gain a solid foundation in accounting principles, financial literacy and college preparation, setting them on a path toward lucrative and meaningful careers,” Branch said.


Gerhard Schneibel (865-974-2894, gschneib@utk.edu)

Tyra Haag (865-974-5460, tyra.haag@tennessee.edu)