UHY Launches Junior Connect High School Recruitment Initiative

UHY Advisors announced the launch of its Junior Connect recruitment program. An extension of UHY’s industry leading Connect Program for college level recruitment, Junior Connect is a specially tailored program geared towards high school level students interested in pursuing accounting as a college field of study and career.

With 75%t of the current CPA workforce hitting retirement age in 2020, and sagging enrollment in undergraduate accounting programs nationwide, the talent crunch facing the accounting industry is more pronounced than ever. UHY’s Junior Connect program is designed to tackle these challenges head-on by providing an inside look at the accounting space and ongoing mentorship to high school students interested in potentially pursuing a career in the STEM or business sectors.

“The battle for talent within the accounting space is incredibly fierce, and with an aging workforce and shrinking incoming graduate pipeline, it is clear that the industry needs to get creative and rethink the ways it appeals to the next generation of STEM and business professionals,” said Steven McCarty, CEO at UHY. “The Junior Connect program does just that by introducing students to the modern accounting field and providing them with key learning and networking opportunities as they begin to consider their potential career path and college major.”

A one-of-a-kind program, UHY’s Junior Connect will be partnering with high schools nationwide to identify high school students interested in STEM careers and offer access to some of UHY’s leading experts and previous Connect participants for a real-life look at what it means to be an accountant, the pathway to becoming an accountant, choosing the right accounting program and more.

Piloting the program will be UHY’s Great Lakes Region, with the first Junior Connect event to be launched in partnership with Rochester Community Schools and Novi Community Schools on June 14, 2023 at UHY’s Farmington Hills office. As part of the program, UHY Junior Connect participants will receive the following:

  • Intro to UHY: Formal introduction to UHY and the broader business of accounting today.
  • Inside Accounting Guidebook: Presented by UHY team members this session will provide a detailed look into the day-to-day workflows in the modern accounting industry, various roles as an accountant, and what to expect as an accounting major.
  • Partner 1-on-1’s: Presentations from UHY partners on their roles and growth within the accounting industry as well as networking opportunities.

“Accounting is one of the most in-demand fields today, and by introducing students to the space early, we strongly believe that we can establish accounting as one of the most attractive career paths available to students,” said McCarty. “We are so pleased to debut Junior Connect in Michigan, and are looking forward to rolling out the program nationwide.”

The UHY Connect Program is an exclusive program that focuses on leadership, team building, and professional development. Through the Connect Program experience, students from across the country have had a unique opportunity to explore life in the accounting space, and simultaneously been pivotal in helping UHY resonate with upcoming generations of accounting talent.


UHY LLP, a licensed CPA firm, provides audit and other attest services to publicly traded, privately owned and nonprofit organizations in a number of industry sectors. UHY Advisors provides tax and advisory services to entrepreneurial and other organizations, principally those enterprises in the dynamic middle market. UHY Advisors, operating in an alternative practice structure with UHY LLP, forms one of the largest professional services firms in the U.S. While that scale might provide confidence for some clients, others tell us our greatest value is the way we bring these resources to bear to help address today's evolving business challenges. It's a philosophy we call "The Next Level of Service".