Accounting, AAS degree seeking students will receive an industry driven foundation of accounting theory, practices, and knowledge of accounting processes. Graduates from the program will be competent in basic accounting knowledge so they may enter the profession at a junior level in business and/or government entities. To achieve this goal, students will develop proficiency in accumulating, recording, classifying and interpreting financial data for an economic entity. In addition to preparing/ maintaining accounting records from the date of the original transaction through a full accounting cycle, students will learn the theory and practice of statement preparation and presentation. Other areas in which students will become proficient include: the why and how of accounting systems, professionally established accepted principles, journal transactions and accrual versus cash. Managerial concerns are addressed extensively: cash flow, taxes, budgets, balance sheet and income statement relationships, analysis of changes in assets/revenues/expenses, and the use of standard costs for planning and control.
Accounting areas are examined in the context of different organizational forms (corporations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships) as well as differences and similarities between manual and computer-based accounting systems. To provide crucial career skills, microcomputers and software such as electronic spreadsheets and general ledger packages are used in the program. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on demonstrating proficiency in the essential skill areas of reading, writing, mathematics, verbal communication, critical thinking, and personal growth. This program will introduce courses in other program areas such as social science, humanities and arts, physical science and mathematics.
Program Cost & Highlights:
- A one to two-year program with hands on experience options including the option to be a VITA Volunteer.
- Course content focuses on all aspects of the accounting industry such as the preparation of financial statements and budgets, general accounting principles, and the maintenance of an accounting system.
- In addition to tuition and fees, students also invest about $300-$500 for course/lab fees and course materials
- Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
- Median hourly wage in the Coastal Bend region is $19.82, and the median annual wage is $39,550*
- Employers that have hired our program graduates include DOP Income Tax, Bee Bookkeeping Services, Susana G. Moron, CPA.
- 90% of students gain employment upon graduation from the program.
*Data obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corpus Christi region, 2018.