Whatcom offers three new finance-related certificates of proficiency
Designed for business-minded professionals and students who seek to acquire specialized knowledge in a particular area of interest, Whatcom is offering three new finance-related certificates of proficiency, effective summer 2015:
- Investments (25 credits)
- Money and Banking (25 credits)
- Principles of Finance (25 credits)
Coursework in each of these certificates may be applied toward a two-year AS degree in finance.
Whatcom students provide pro bono professional services
Learning doesn’t end at the classroom for students in Whatcom’s accounting and finance program. These students polish their skills and knowledge in service to the community.
With the guidance of the accounting and finance program coordinator, pre-qualified students participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, providing free assistance with tax return preparation. Training on basic tax law and the preparation of individual tax returns is provided and students are required to pass the VITA certification exam. A certified public accountant or enrolled agent reviews all returns and is on hand to address complex issues. The VITA program is sponsored by the IRS and, in Whatcom County, by WWU’s Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society and the WCC Business Club.VITA is offered on Whatcom’s campus annually for approximately two months leading up to the April 15 income tax due date. In 2015 (the fourth year VITA was offered at Whatcom), tax returns were prepared for 113 clients (up from 86 the year prior); 25 students participated, each committing at least three hours per week for the duration of the program.
How will my Whatcom Community College credits transfer?
Information about how Whatcom credits will transfer to a four-year college or university can often be found on the respective college's website. Please view the Degree & Major Information page for a list of popular Washington State colleges and universities.
What grade point average (GPA) will guarantee that I am admitted to the university of my choice?Unfortunately, there is no magic number, but a good GPA does impact your ability to be admitted to certain universities and certain programs. Check with the university and the department to find out minimum requirements and GPA averages for students who are admitted. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required in order to receive a degree from Whatcom.
What is S/U grading?S/U grading (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) is usually requested by students when a letter grade may negatively impact their GPA or when they are taking a class because of interest and do not want a letter grade. Any regular letter grade course can be changed to S/U grading at the registration window through the 8th week of the quarter. Students should think carefully before making this choice. Many universities will not accept S/U grades for courses which are used to meet general university requirements if transferred outside of the AAS degree. Also, many departments do not accept S/U grading to meet departmental course prerequisites. Before signing up for S/U grading, check the transfer policies and departmental policies at the university or college you plan to attend.
How is a "W" grade viewed?A "W" grade is recorded when a student officially withdraws from a class. One "W" grade is not usually a problem but a pattern of "W" grades may influence your ability to transfer to the college or university of your choice. Whatcom has a policy to alert you if you receive more than 21 credits of non-completion grades and you will be encouraged to discuss your situation with a college advisor. Sometimes, students register for more credits than they can handle and end up dropping a course or two each quarter. It is far better to enroll for less credits and complete them successfully than to enroll for more credits than you can handle. "W" grades are not computed into your GPA at Whatcom.
What about a "V" grade?A "V" grade on your Whatcom transcript generally means that you stopped attending class, didn't withdraw and the instructor gave you a "V" grade instead of an "F". A "V" grade is not computed into your GPA at Whatcom. However, some colleges and universities (like Western Washington University) will calculate the "V" grade into your GPA. If you are in doubt as to why you received a "V" grade, you should contact your instructor. Check with the college or university you plan to attend if this is an issue for you.
Can I repeat a course at Whatcom?A student may repeat any course that is not designated as repeatable for credit up to a maximum of 2 times (this is defined as two repeats in addition to the original enrollment.) Whatcom computes the GPA with the highest grade point value for any course that is repeated. If a student notifies the registration office by completing a "Repeat" card, the symbol "R" will be placed next to the grade of the other course and the credits and grade points for that course will not be calculated into the overall GPA on the transcript. Colleges and universities vary widely as to how they will view repeated courses and how they will compute the GPA. Many colleges and universities average the grades and the grade points for both courses. Check with the college or university you plan to attend before you repeat a course.