PCC’s Business Administration Program: Accounting

November 19, 2019 0 By Kody Olson

>>Yes. Accounting is
a different language which has rules so you
have to be really good in learning the rules,
applying the rules.>>It really surprises
a lot of people that accounting isn’t
just sitting behind a desk and you have a lot
of other options to use those skills with, and I think I’ve had really
great fortune in being able to do some of those things.>>Accountants have
been perceived as counters, bean counters. Now if accountants have
those managerial skills, those abilities to — those
skills to make them able to analyze data and to
provide that information back to the owners and the
managers it’s very satisfying, and it’s a lucrative business.>>Like I said when I entered
[inaudible] accounting I just thought it was like
numbers and that’s it. But when — as I get more
into learning about accounting and what it is, I realize it’s
a huge aspect in business.>>Don’t be afraid of counting because you think
it’s math intensive because it really isn’t. There is more data available now
than there ever has been before and so accountants are less
responsible for entering data and manipulating data and
those sorts of things. Accountants now, their real
skill is to be able to take all of that data that’s out there
and to be able to understand it and to be able to
interpret it and to be able to help management improve as a
result of the different reports and so forth that they can
create out of that data.>>So we have different
programs here. We have the associate’s
degree in accounting which has different requirements
than a two-year transfer degree. So sometimes it may not be
practical for everyone to move to a four year institution. So early on they are deciding
about whether they want to get the associates
degree here or moving to four-year institution. It’s better for students
in terms of planning and not taking excess courses that don’t really work
towards their goal. So a two year associates degree
in accounting would land someone in a bookkeeping type job. Maybe receivables, accounts
receivable, accounts payable, those jobs that are
available in many industries. Someone moving onto a four-year
institution they can work as an accountant, they
can take the CPA exam and become a professional
accountant to work in a public accounting
or private industry. And of course, they know
that the higher they go, the salary also is
going to be higher.>>Accounting is really unique in all the different stepping
off places you can have to go to work. You could — I tell
people you could carve out about six courses,
critical skill courses that you could take here
in financial accounting, QuickBooks, payroll,
Excel, and it’s possible that you could go
get a job with that. But that could limit your
advancement opportunities. If you continue on and
get a one year certificate or a two year degree,
you can work as possibly a full charge
bookkeeper or you could continue on and get your bachelor’s
degree and have a lot more
opportunities and accounting from there. If you get a five year degree which can be either a graduate
degree or just an extra year of credits you could
become a CPA and that opens up a lot more opportunities. And then of course
the graduate degrees. There’s a shortage of
accounting professors. So if you’re interested
in getting a doctorate in accounting and working
at a college there’s just so many possibilities
every step of the way.>>With bachelor’s there’s lots of different areas
you can go into. You can either go
into public accounting where generally people who
go into public accounting are in there, their CPA
certification where you can work in other audit or in tax. A lot of people go
into industry. You know, so they’ll work in
the accounting departments for large, small, medium-sized
companies, and you can also go into governmental
accounting as well.>>Oh, when you’re looking at all the different
accounting jobs and the different opportunities,
there’s bookkeeping jobs. There’s accounting jobs. There’s payroll. There’s different
positions I guess and then also financial analysis
which has come to be one of my favorite things
is the study of why things do what
they do or why company or how a story is told through
the money and where it’s going and what they’re doing with it.>>So if a senior is
going for an associates of applied science degree here
at PCC we offer accounting, management, and marketing. They would take some
general ed courses but for the most part
it’s highly focused. They’re taking business
classes that are very specific to getting them ready for
the professional world; whereas if they were to transfer
they would have quite a bit more general ed and that would
kind of push out the ability to do the more specialized
classes.>>We work closely with
four-year institutions. So when they move on to
the four-year college, the transition is seamless.>>Since accounting is
the language of business, if students can understand
that accounting work then in whatever responsibilities
they’re going to have in the business world, it’s going to give
them a real advantage in that particular discipline. My previous work experience
is a real benefit to students as I advise them
because I’m able to give them real world
examples of things that they are looking for.>>I like it when teachers
can connect their real life experiences. It gives them more of a genuine
tolerance to their teachings and you can trust them better when they have those
experiences that they share.>>For 20 some odd
years I worked for a warehouse company
here in the area. I was a financial controller. We had about a combined
budget of about 150 million.>>I worked at IBM and I worked in their financial
security area.>>I worked for the
Internal Revenue Service and did criminal investigations
where people were trying to hide either the income,
the taxable income they had or they were trying to
hide the source of it which might have
been the only goal.>>Cindy had a lot of real
world experience in accounting and that made her really
an invaluable resource even after I left PCC.>>Having real-life
experience to bring into the classroom
is it in my opinion. There’s textbook and someone
could just read a textbook, but you’re the one that can
bring a real-life experience in there and connect with the
reading and bring it to life.>>I really like how the
professors have a passion for what they’re teaching you
about because it’s something that they love to do,
and they have done it.>>I would definitely recommend
PCC to new students especially if we’re the equality of the
advising there especially if you’re going to be going
on to get a four-year degree. You know, they know how well the
credits are going to transfer and you can definitely make
sure that they’re steering on the right direction and
also the business faculty at PCC is second to none. They all bring a real-world
experience with them and really help bring
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