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The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) has opened a new student chapter at Cal Poly.

ACFE, branching off of the Cal Poly Accounting Club, trains and certifies anti-fraud professionals, and will bring new education and job opportunities to members.

ACFE meets on the first Thursday of every month, presenting a guest speaker and a facilitated discussion. Students of all majors are welcome to club meetings. 

“It’s definitely one of the more unique clubs coming out of the (ORFALEA) College of Business,” Vice President of ACFE Renee Chan said. “We’re trying to provide the opportunity for students to get involved.”

At its first meeting in February, guest speaker and former Secret Service Agent Charlie White spoke to the club about his time protecting former U.S. presidents, and his current position as director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“We’re going to try and bring really relevant and interesting guest speakers in,” ACFE founder and President Jon Peck said. “Students who want to maybe do an internship, or start working in one of these fields, will have things to talk about that they’ve learned outside of the classroom.”

Students interested in pursuing a career in this industry can become FBI agents, lawyers or other professionals centered around preventing and investigating fraud.

ACFE seeks students with a special interest in the field of fraud, which is not a typical field of accounting. The club aims to serve as an avenue to explore and be exposed to that career field before jumping in.

“It’s a good network you wouldn’t otherwise have access to,” faculty adviser Kim Westermann said.

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