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The accounting program at WVC prepares students for career positions in practical accounting. Students who complete one year of studies at the 100 level or higher will earn an accounting technician certificate, which prepares them for entry-level jobs. The two-year associate of technical sciences degree in accounting prepares students for mid-level jobs, including supervisory positions. Program courses can also help students better manage their own personal finances. Many students elect to continue working toward a four-year accounting degree -- or to start their own small businesses. Many of the courses required for the ATS degree transfer to baccalaureate institutions.Students must work closely with their advisers to ensure proper course sequencing and choice.

In the WVC accounting program, students learn accounting theory and principles as well as such techniques as posting and journalizing, balancing assets and liabilities, preparing statements and estimating net worth. It also teaches communication and human relations skills, managerial accounting, business principles and practices, computer applications, spreadsheets, algebra and computerized accounting, as well as payroll and business taxes.

Note: This degree option is for students who intend to work in the bookkeeping/accounting profession after two years of study, or for those currently employed who seek additional training. Students with the immediate goal of completing a four-year degree in accounting should seek the business transfer (associate of arts and sciences) option.

To be eligible for the associate degree or certificate, students must earn at least a "C" grade (2.0) in all core program courses and a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. Core program courses may have prerequisite requirements. English and mathematics courses require qualifying assessment scores or acceptable preparatory coursework in those subjects. See the course descriptions for details.

The accounting program is offered on the Wenatchee and Omak campuses.

For more information about occupations related to this program, go to My Next Move or the Employment Security Department Web page (scroll through the alphabetical list by occupation, or type the name of an occupation into the search filter, such as bookkeper, payroll clerk, accounts payable or accounts receivable).

Students who complete the ATS in accounting/general business will be able to:

  • Use and apply accounting and business concepts in real-life situations.
  • Use their training and education to seek employment or advance in current employment in business-related fields.
  • Know current practices, principles, and rules used in business and/or accounting.
  • Develop a foundation for continued studies towards a transfer degree in business