ISCPA Audit Team: John Nicholson, Elizabeth Cokel, Michelle Thompson, Neal Usry and Rachel Schaefer

Masters students in Jaime Grandstaff’s internal auditing class were able to apply what they were learning in the classroom this spring by meeting real community needs. Half of the class partnered with Youth Emergency Services & Shelter of Iowa (YESS) to review employee expense reimbursements, and the other half worked with the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants (ISCPA) to review cash receipts. The students worked closely with staff at the organizations throughout the semester and then provided final reports on April 17.

In addition to the projects, panels of subject matter experts from businesses across the area came to class, and some classes were also held at Principal Financial Group and Wells Fargo. Together, these experiences provided opportunities for networking, real-world experience, and job and career options. To read more about the outcomes of this class and hear from those involved, check out

“With this being a new course and a new community engagement project, I had a lot to learn about how to set it up,” said Grandstaff. “The Community Engaged Learning team helped me through the process with what forms needed to be completed and who I needed to talk to with all aspects of the project.”

There are many benefits of incorporating a community engaged learning component into a course. For more information, resources, or to explore community partners, visit or contact the Director of Community Engaged Learning at