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Why study accounting?  According to Robert Half, there are several advantages to a career in accounting:  Accounting is a part of every business, nonprofit or government organization. It is a highly regarded profession with job security and opportunities for advancement.  It is a challenging and rewarding profession. Accountants solve challenging problems and play a critical role in their organizations.

The Accounting program includes three different pathways for students. 

  • Students who want to be Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) or major in accounting at a four-year university complete the Business Administration for Transfer (AS-T) degree. This provides the necessary core business and accounting classes to transfer to a four-year university.
  • Students who are interested in entry level accounting/clerk positions complete the Accounting Associates degree and can work in accounting positions in many different industries.
  • Students who are interested in learning skills for employment in payroll, bookkeeping and individual tax preparation positions can complete certificates in these specific areas.

In addition to the associates degree and certificates, students who complete the ACCGTFS-453 U.S. and California Income Tax Preparation class and meet additional California Tax Education Council (CTEC) requirements can register as a CTEC tax preparer.  Anyone who, for a fee, assists with or prepares a state or federal income tax return must be registered with CTEC.

Explore Your Programs Degree/Certificate Options

Accounting AS Program Map

Accounting Certificate Program Map

Bookkeeping Certificate Program Map

Accounting Government and Not-For-Profit Organizations Certificate Program Map

Payroll and Income Tax Preparer Certificate Program Map


Enjoy the benefits of having national resources to help your career, while being able to build connections at a local level. Visit the link below for a  Student membership in CalCPA and AICPA.

 CalCPA & AICPA Membership page



Carol Dickerson, PhD, CPA
Professor, Accounting
(909) 652-6849
Karin Nelson, MBA, CPA, CFE
Associate Professor, Accounting
(909) 652-6853