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Washington Initiative

KLAB

Serving the Community

The Washington Initiative Program links business education and community service, giving students first-hand experience in nonprofit management.

Course Description

The Washington Initiative is a two (2) credit pass/fail course that is open to Kogod School of Business undergraduate students with at least 30 credits and a grade of B or higher in ACCT-240. The course provides students with practical experience in interviewing and tax preparation through Community Tax Aid (CTA), a nonprofit organization that provides free income tax preparation services to low-income individuals and families, and the D.C. Earned Income Tax Credit Campaign (DCEITC). After being professionally trained in tax law and Tax Wise software, students will volunteer at MLK Library, completing federal and state income tax returns. The average total annual income of clients is $16,700, and tax refunds through this program can average between 11 percent and 31 percent—a significant amount of money for clients.

Learning Outcomes

By participating in the Washington Initiative program, students will:

  • Increase their understanding of the relationship between community service and business education as well as practical ways to apply business skills to service endeavors
  • Engage in community service and critical reflection in order to gain a deeper understanding of issues related to poverty, diversity, and civic engagement
  • Explore and develop personal values of service through critical analysis of social issues, reflection, and practice
  • Gain skills in interpersonal communication and taxes, including preparation of federal and state income tax returns

Course Meetings

  • Two class meetings, Wednesday, January 15, and Wednesday, April 23, at 9:00 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. (students can choose the class time that works best for them)
  • Tax law and computer training, a proctored test, and orientation training by CTA and DCEITC staff members in January, training information to be posted on the course Blackboard site when available
  • Volunteer one day a week for seven weeks at the MLK Library (Metro-accessible—Gallery Place/China Town), shifts to be determined prior to the first class meeting

Expectations

Students will be evaluated through attendance at training, performance at the CTA sites, and a reflection journal. Specific guidelines will be provided on the syllabus and Blackboard site.

Requirements & Registration

Students must have 30 credits and a B or higher in ACCT-240 to enroll in KSB-252.

Space is limited. This course will be filled in the order registrations are received.

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Questions? 

Contact Allison Holcomb, Director of Programming and Student Activities, at holcomb@american.edu or (202) 885-1530 in KSB T2.

Learning Objectives

Washington Initiative supports the following learning objectives:


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