Program available at/via: [Walla Walla][Clarkston][Online (full)]
Department Overview: Accounting Technology has a broad focus that emphasizes the skills required for a successful career in accounting or bookkeeping. Students also become proficient with computer accounting systems. All courses are available through distance learning. The Accounting Technology curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.
Program Level Outcomes:
- Program completers will demonstrate technical competency in core ability and related instruction curriculum components.
- Student and employer satisfaction will reflect a high degree of self-esteem, self-confidence and the potential to grow within that job or business.
- Students completing the AAS degree will become employed in a living wage job, with benefits.
Degrees: Students may earn an Associate in Applied Sciences Degree in Accounting Technology upon completion of a two-year program of study. An Accounting Assistant Certificate is also available.
Industry Description: Accounting is an extensive subject with many components, such as financial accounting, tax accounting, cost accounting, and governmental accounting. Every organization has a need for accountants and bookkeepers to pay employees, file tax returns, and report to governmental agencies. This profession consequently has many and varied job opportunities for trained personnel. Due to recent shifts in the labor industry, a shortage of trained accountants has developed. This trend combined with changes in tax laws and increased disclosure requirements have generated an increased value placed upon people in the business world that have accounting skills.
Entrance Requirements: Students may enter the program fall, winter or spring quarter.
Other Information: For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.careerbridge.wa.gov.