is the Accounting Leaders of Tomorrow Program?
Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) is a week-long residency program designed to
introduce high school students to the world of accounting and business.
This program will be housed on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University
in June of 2011 It is targeted towards students entering their junior or
senior year in Chicago, Detroit, and central Illinois area high schools with an interest in attending a
four-year university and pursuing a career in the field of accounting or
are the Objectives of the ALOT Program?
The objectives of
this program are three-fold. One, ALOT aims to increase awareness
of the diverse number of career opportunities available in the area of
accounting. By incorporating lectures and activities led by
representatives from both industrial and public accounting and field trips
to local business facilities such as the Caterpillar Track-Type Tractor
plant, students will be introduced to the exciting range of
careers that exist for accountants. Two, the program seeks to
expand the interpersonal and financial skills of students in an enriching
and challenging environment. Students will develop leadership, teamwork,
and communication skills through group participation in competitive
business simulations designed to teach financial, budgetary, and
analytical skills. In addition, discussions on personal financial
management will teach students the skills of investing, using credit, and
money management that are pertinent to their everyday lives. Three,
ALOT seeks to enhance students' understanding of the advantages of a
liberal arts education. Students, faculty, and staff from Illinois
Wesleyan University will lead presentations regarding the unique
opportunities available to students who study at a liberal arts
institution including but not limited to: double majors, pursuing a
passion in the arts, and studying abroad.
What Sort of School is Illinois Wesleyan University?
Illinois Wesleyan University, a private, residential, liberal arts
university founded in 1850, strives to attain the ideal of a liberal
education while providing unique opportunities with its distinctive
curricula and programs. The university, with an enrollment of approximately 2,100 students,
provides a challenging academic environment with the advantages of close
personal attention. More information about
Illinois Wesleyan University can be found at
Where is the University Located?
IWU is located in Bloomington, Illinois, a commercial and agricultural
center situated halfway between Chicago and St. Louis. Bloomington
and its twin city, Normal, have a combined population of approximately
100,000 and are easily accessible via three interstate highways (I-39,
I-55 and I-74). Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are all within a
three-hour drive. The regional airport offers both commuter and jet
services, and Amtrak trains make several stops daily in the community. The
area is an important commercial hub in Central Illinois; major employers
include State Farm Insurance Companies (world headquarters), Mitsubishi
Motor Manufacturing of America, and Illinois State University. To learn
more about the twin cities click on the following link:
Where will Participants Stay?
will be housed in Harriet Rust Hall the newest residence hall on campus. Participants will be able to
experience college life by living in the residence hall and dining
in Illinois Wesleyan’s Bertholf Commons. Classes, lectures, and
presentations will be held in a variety of classrooms across the campus
including the newly completed Ames Library.
Click on the image of Rust Hall for a tour of campus.
Activities are Available to Students Outside the Classroom?
to daily seminars and in-class exercises, students will participate in a
number of social events. These may include "drumming across cultures", a
movie night, bowling at ISU Bowling and Billiards Center, a Peoria Chiefs minor league baseball game,
and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Activities such as these and others
will be available to students each evening and will be supervised by
program leaders. Illinois Wesleyan’s Shirk Center, which includes
basketball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis courts, an indoor track, and
an extensive weight room, will also be available to students.
May Participate in the ALOT Program?
have a “B” average or better.
have completed the sophomore (10th) or junior (11th)
year of school.
are planning to attend college, preferably with an interest in
accounting or business.
A copy of the student’s resume, academic transcript, and at least one letter
of recommendation from a counselor or teacher must accompany the
What is the Cost of
the ALOT Program for Students?
transportation, and program fees will be covered. You will only need to
provide personal spending money!
Funds for the program
have been provided by: State Farm Insurance, Caterpillar
Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Illinois Wesleyan University, and others