MVU-MACPA will develop innovative learning programs

Lansing – With the goal of creating new and innovative learning programs for K-12 students and teachers, Michigan Virtual University® (MVU®) today announced a joint venture with the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by MVU President & CEO Jamey Fitzpatrick and MACPA President & Chief Executive Officer Peggy Dzierzawski, CAE, establishes the general guiding principles of the collaboration. The collaboration is designed 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, MVU and MACPA are committed to providing highly interactive, engaging and relevant online accounting courses for high school students.

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

“MVU offers students a rich collection of online career resources and tools that support the state’s graduation requirement,” Dzierzawski said. “Collaborating with a forward-thinking organization like MVU to develop these new online 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 School® course catalog, which includes Personal Finance, Career Planning and Business Ethics.

About MVU
MVU® 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 School®, a provider of online courses for middle and high school students, and Michigan LearnPort®, an online learning portal that delivers professional development opportunities and more to the Michigan education community. To learn more, visit

About Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
MACPA, 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 MACPA’s website at

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