Mount Union Graduates on Road to Success
April 22, 2010
Three Mount Union College graduates are on the road to success, receiving the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the Ernst and Young's master of science in accountancy degree program starting this summer.
Rebecca Tinney, '05 of Boardman, Mark Heltzel, '05 of Cochranton, P.A. and Amanda Buzzacco, '05 of Youngstown are attending the University of Notre Dame this summer to begin earning their degrees and will continue to work for Ernst and Young through their graduation in the summer semester of 2006 and beyond.
Dr. Patricia Matthews, '73, the Nolen A. and Thelma I. Cunningham Chair, professor of business administration, and the chair of the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration, introduced the students to the program by working with others in the department to set up a campus visit of alumni who have gone through the program.
The Ernst and Young program offers the students a chance to earn a master of science in accountancy degree while gaining experience working full-time for the company.
'This program provides valuable work experience compiled with continued education,' said Heltzel. 'It's really an incredible opportunity to get the best of both worlds.'
Ernst and Young has 100,000 employees in over 700 locations within 140 countries. According to the company's website, 'Ernst and Young provides a range of services, including accounting and auditing, tax reporting and operations, tax advisory, business risk services, technology and security risk services, transaction advisory and human capital services.'
The qualifications needed by the students to get into the program included an accounting or financial background, scoring above a 560 on the GMAT and a high GPA.
Tinney and Heltzel will be working in the Cleveland office while Buzzacco will be working in the Akron office beginning in August.
'Therefore, two years from now the three of us will potentially have our master degrees, be Certified Public Accountants and work for one of the top accounting firms,' Tinney said.
The students agree that Mount Union has prepared them both in and out of the classroom for successful careers.
'I have learned what it will take to be successful in the business world,' Buzzacco said, 'I also have grown so much as a person that I know what it will take to be successful in life overall.'