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How AP Education Grant
Made Me an Office Rock Star

By Katie Brown, APM

Being awarded the Accounts Payable Education Grant was like a dream come true. As the recipient of the grant in 2014, I was able to attend the Annual Congress in Minneapolis for a fraction of the cost, received access to a year's worth of AP webinars, and added the comprehensive APA's Guide to Accounts Payable text to my library. But as much as it helped me, it also positively impacted my co-workers and my employer. I was kind of a big deal.

Attending the APA's Annual Congress was a memorable experience. Avalara, the grant sponsor, covered a majority of the travel expenditures including airfare, hotel, and conference registration, allowing me to explore a new city, gain additional AP knowledge, and discover exhibitors' product offerings. And at no expense to my employer! The sessions at Congress were very informative and provided new insights on handling operational processes and internal controls that I was able to take back to my department. Additionally, I earned Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for each session I attended, which helped me meet the requirement for my professional certification.

As mentioned, the 2014 AP Education Grant also included registration for all AP webinars for one year and APA's Guide to Accounts Payable. The webinars were excellent tools that assisted me and my fellow staff with continuing education, performance improvement, and reinforcement of existing policies and procedures. Despite our knowledge of a particular topic, we still viewed the webinar on the subject because we always learned something new. The webinars also reinforced our processes and procedures, allowing staff members the opportunity to increase their knowledge base and reaffirm the importance of their role in complying with operational procedures.

"The webinars are informative, concise, and well-structured," said Megan Trump, a staff member I invited to attend several webinars. "The information is presented in a manner that is easy to follow, and vital information is stressed by the presenter. It confirms the policies and procedures our AP department has in place, and the interactive questions are helpful, as well, in gaining insight into how other accounts payable departments operate."

Because of the AP Education Grant, I had the opportunity to become acquainted with several new individuals within the AP and payroll sectors. I even had the opportunity to meet several members of the APA's staff, and I have been asked to participate on additional APA committees.

I am thankful that the APA and Avalara value continuing education in the AP sector and offer such a generous grant. I am blessed to have been awarded the grant, and I'm grateful to be honored for my professional growth and commitment to the AP profession.

I encourage all AP professionals to apply for the 2015 Accounts Payable Education Grant.

Eleven outstanding members of the American Payroll Association will be recognized at the 33rd Annual Congress in Las Vegas for their professional and personal commitment to continuing education. Will you be among them?

To be considered for an Education Grant, members must complete an online application by February 16, 2015. APA sponsors six of the 11 grants, while Empower and Global Cash Card sponsor two of their own. Avalara sponsors the AP Education Grant. The 11 grants are:

  • APA Complete Payroll Training Package
  • Two APA Course/Conference Grants
  • Three The Payroll Source® Grants
  • Empower Payroll Education Grant
  • Empower Payroll Publication Grant
  • Global Cash Card Payroll Education Grant
  • Global Cash Card Payroll Publication Grant
  • Avalara Accounts Payable Education Grant
Katie Brown, APM, is the Manager of Accounts Payable at Summa Health Systems in Akron, Ohio.


New Educational Institutions
Best Practices Subcommittee

APA is pleased to announce the new Educational Institutions Best Practices Subcommittee of the Strategic Payroll Leadership Task Force (SPLTF). Its three co-chairs are:

Rick Grunewald
Associate Payroll Director
Washington State University

Darrell Kozuch
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
University of Virginia

Jeff Hill, CPP, Ph.D.
Director, Advisory Services
KPMG, LLP

Please join us in welcoming these esteemed professionals.



It's Not Too Late to
Save on Congress Registration

Take advantage of early bird savings with the Survivor's Special. Register for the 33rd Annual Congress by April 30 and take $50 off your registration!

The 33rd Annual Congress, which will be held May 5-9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, delivers workshops, networking opportunities, and recertification credits. You will be able to choose from more than 200 workshops across four-and-a-half days and earn RCHs or CPE credits.

Secure your savings before they're gone -- register for Congress soon!



Virtual Class Delivers
Essential Payroll Training

Delivered through nine convenient, web-based interactive sessions, APA's Payroll Practice Essentials: Virtual Classroom provides the payroll knowledge, skills, and abilities required to produce accurate paychecks, ensure payroll compliance, and improve job performance.

Presented Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. ET, this virtual classroom allows attendees to learn fundamental pay calculations through hands-on exercises and complex pay calculations and concepts without leaving the office.

All participants will engage in class exercises and ask questions via interactive collaboration using WebEx's Training Center. Each participant will receive an email from APA's Membership Services staff with instructions and links to download course materials and access the virtual classroom.

Receive essential payroll training in a convenient web format -- register for Payroll Practice Essentials: Virtual Classroom!



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