The accounting program is necessary for any student wanting to start their own business, pursue a post-secondary degree in business, management, marketing, or accounting, or have a better understanding of business, taxes, and personal finances. The courses in this program will prepare students to be successful in a college level accounting course, which is a requirement for all types of business majors as well as some non-business majors.
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Sequence of courses
Year 1 – Accounting 1-2 or Honors Accounting 1-2
First-year students will learn the accounting principles and procedures of the accounting cycle for service and merchandising businesses, special journals, cash control systems, financial statements, accounts receivable and accounts payable subsidiary ledgers, payroll accounting, and taxes. Students will use accounting software to complete real-world business simulations.
Dual enrollment opportunity: ACC107 and ACC109
Year 2 – Accounting 3-4 or Honors Accounting 3-4
Second-year accounting students will be introduced to topics in investing, uncollectible accounts, inventory valuation, depreciation, and disposition of assets. Students will also explore careers in accounting while learning procedures used in management accounting, managerial accounting, and cost accounting. Students will learn QuickBooks, use accounting software to complete real-world business simulations, and create spreadsheets in Excel. Advanced Accounting students will also participate in the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge.
Dual enrollment opportunity: ACC115
Industry certification: QuickBooks
Related careers: Bookkeeper Clerk, Accounting Clerk, Auditing Clerk, Accounts Payable/Receivable, Payroll Clerk, Tax Preparer/Accountant, Bank Teller, Loan Officer, Auditor, Financial Accountant, Cost/Budget Analyst, Forensic Accountant
Post-Secondary pathways: Bookkeeper Certificate, Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, CPA (Certified Public Accountant), Master’s Degree in Accounting and Business
Students, who complete the accounting program and pass the QuickBooks certification test, will be qualified to work as a bookkeeper or accounting assistant upon graduating from high school.