Accounting and Finance

Degree and Certificate Information

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What can I do with a degree in Finance?

The Finance AS degree prepares students for careers in finance and the financial services industry. The degree is designed for individuals who want training in income taxation, finance, money and banking, and investments. Students who successfully complete the program should be able to: 1) perform basic financial and accounting tasks both manually and using a computer; and, 2) demonstrate the relationships among the various business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations, and human resources.

What can I do with a degree in Accounting?

The Accounting AS degree provides students with basic skills to compete for entry-level accounting positions in private industry, state and local government, and public accounting firms. Students who successfully complete the program will be able to: 1) perform basic bookkeeping and accounting tasks both manually and using a computer; 2) demonstrate the relationships among the various business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, purchasing, operations, and human resources; and, 3) demonstrate computer proficiency. 

What can I do with the Accounting Certificate?

The accounting certificate (56-64 credits) offers the range of clerical and accounting skills needed to perform full-charge bookkeeping tasks for a small business accurately and efficiently. Employees in this position will use both manual and computerized systems, and will work under the supervision of an accountant. Short-term Certificates of Proficiency (20 credits or less) are available for those who want to hone their skills in a specialized area of accounting (see above).

What is the application process?

There is no special program application for the Accounting or Finance programs.

Career & Salary Outlook

Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks may start at $14.72 per hour, whereas financial services sales agents may start at $13.51 per hour; the respective average hourly wages in Whatcom County are $18.05 and $26.82. A first-line manager or supervisor may start at $19.57 per hour; the average wage is $24.68 per hour.

Sources: CareerOneStop 2012; WA State Employment Security Department, September 2013

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Accounting and Finance
Program Coordinator

John Fasler
Baker Hall, Room 121
360.383.3502
jfasler@whatcom.ctc.edu