Accounting and Finance
New Associate in Science degree in Finance available starting Winter Quarter 2014
In response to growing demand from the local business community, Whatcom Community College is very pleased to now offer students the opportunity to earn an Associate in Science degree in Finance, preparing students for dynamic careers in finance and the financial services industry, such as income taxation, money and banking, and investments.
As a part of the core requirements for this degree, three new classes (5 credits each) are also now available:
- Principles in Finance (BUSAD 228)
- Investments (BUSAD 238)
- Money and Banking (ECON 225)
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to: 1) perform basic financial and accounting tasks (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.
See the link below in the Degree and Certificate section for specific course requirements, or contact a program advisor for more information.
Three Short-Certificates in Accounting!
Whatcom Community College now offers three new, short certificates of proficiency including:
These 20-credit certificates provide the opportunity to update and refine in-demand accounting skills for professionals as well as enhance the credibility of the modern job seeker. See other new certificates launched last fall in payroll accounting and QuickBooks Pro.
Clerical Assistant IBEST
This program provides extra support to students working toward certificates or a degree in Accounting. IBEST programs are ideal for students currently attending ABE (Adult Basic Ed) or ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, attending college for the first time, or retraining for a new career. IBEST supported classes include business, customer service and accounting. Call 360-383-3080 for more information, including eligibility requirements and the application process.
Changes have also been made to improve WCC's Accounting certificate to enhance learning, knowledge and employability of graduates. See links below in the Degree and Certificate section for specific course requirements, or contact a program advisor for more information. Click here for important registration dates.
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?
This 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 focus in on specialized accounting toipcs (see below).
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.
Degree and Certificate Information [PDF Format]
- Associate in Science Degree / Accounting
- Associate in Science Degree / Finance
- Certificate / Accounting --- Click here for Gainful Employment details.
- Certificate of Proficiency / Accounting for Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Inventory
- Certificate of Proficiency / Governmental , Not-for-Profit Accounting
- Certificate of Proficiency / Individual Income Tax
- Certificate of Proficiency / Payroll Accounting
- Certificate of Proficiency / QuickBooks Pro
- Certificate of Proficiency / Clerical Assistant
What are the prerequisites?
There are no special prerequisite courses for this program; however, students are encouraged to develop college level writing and math skills and strong computer skills early in their educational program. New students should complete the college's assessment/placement testing to determine writing and math levels. To schedule an assessment appointment, call (360) 383-3080.
What is the application process?
If you are unable to apply online, request a WCC application by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone (360) 383-3001 or in person at the Entry/Advising Office, LDC 116.
There is no special program application for the Business Administration program.
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
Advising and Education Planning
360.383.3080 for appointment
Accounting and Finance
Baker Hall, Room 121
What Students Are Saying About Accounting
"At Whatcom, I learned something about a wide variety of subjects, not just accounting. I liked that I could always get the classes I needed and the self-paced labs let me complete my assignments at convenient times."