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Degrees & Classes

Accounting

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Get your associate degree in accounting for transfer to prepare for a rewarding accounting career, or have the option to transfer your class credits to a four-year university or college to earn your bachelor's degree. Employment choices are extensive in the high-demand field of accounting and bookkeeping; you could work in a variety of office and business settings in jobs such as accounts receivable/payable clerk, general ledger clerk, payroll clerk, or bookkeeper.

If you’re good with numbers and have a high attention to detail, the Accounting Program will give you training with a wide range of skills to use with employers from wholesale firms and retail businesses to local, state, and federal government, service providers, and health and education organizations.

Employment Information

88% BTC graduate placement rate

$34,757 starting annual wage

$44,040 average annual wage

$51,106 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

The large size of the occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work. Virtually all job openings will stem from replacement needs as clerks and assistants transfer to different occupations or leave the labor force.

Accounting graduates are in high demand. The average annual income in this field is $44,040, with an earning potential of about $51,106 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk, general ledger clerk and payroll clerk. Nationally, about 25%of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in wholesale or retail trade and 34% are employed in organizations providing business, health, educational, and social services.

Courses

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters on a space available basis.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for sole proprietorships to analyze and record business transactions and prepare financial statements for both a service and a merchandising business.
  • Competently use an integrated accounting software program to record transactions and create financial reports and statements.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply payroll laws, compute payroll, record payroll entries and prepare federal and state forms that pertain to payroll.
  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for partnerships and corporations to analyze and record business transactions; prepare and evaluate financial statements.
  • Interpret and apply managerial accounting information in various business decision-making roles.
  • Use a spreadsheet program to solve business problems using formulas, functions, lists, and charts.
  • Apply communication and interpersonal skills in a business environment while providing effective accounting support to an employer.

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Deidre Kent

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Accounting/Business, Western Washington University

Certificate, Certified Public Accountant License, State of Washington

Certificate, Chartered Global Management Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8405
dkent@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 213

 

Background


Profile
Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting...

    • Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting experience focused on tax planning and preparation for individuals and small business entities, trusts and estates, as well as financial statement preparation and management consulting. She is a Pacific Northwest native and, prior to her public accounting experience, she spent her early career working in the private business college sector as an instructor and administrator. Her professional affiliations include: Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants – WSCPA member Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance – AFWA member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – AICPA member


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Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Accounting programs

Choose Bellingham Technical College’s Accounting program to prepare to get top accounting jobs. Employment choices are extensive in the high-demand field of accounting and financial jobs with this associate degree; you could work in a variety of office and business settings doing full-service bookkeeping, accounts receivable/payable, general ledgers, or payroll. If you’re good with numbers and have a high attention to detail, BTC’s associate degree Accounting Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with top employers. Our graduates find bookkeeper and accountant jobs at wholesale firms and retail businesses; in local, state, and federal government; with service providers; and with health and education organizations.

Associate Degree Program and Transfer Opportunities

- AAS Associate Degree: Graduate from BTC with your Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting and start your accounting career.

- AAS-T Transfer Degree: Graduate from BTC with your Associate of Applied Science degree in accounting and start your career, or transfer your courses to a four-year college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree.

- Accounting Assistant Certificate: Take about three quarters of classes for this accounting certificate program, which increases your job skills with training in computers, accounting practices, math, and more.

Accounting Jobs & Employment Outlook

The large size of accounting field ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time accountant and bookkeeper work. With an associate degree in accounting from Bellingham Technical College, you are trained to get top jobs in accounting, bookkeeping, accounts payable, payroll, and more.

Nationally, about 25 percent of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in wholesale or retail trade, and 34 percent find jobs in organizations providing business, health, educational, and social services. The average annual wage in the accounting field is $44,040, with a wage potential of $51,106 annually.

Employment Information

88% BTC graduate placement rate

$34,757 starting annual wage

$44,040 average annual wage

$51,106 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Jobs & Employment

The large size of the occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work. Virtually all job openings will stem from replacement needs as clerks and assistants transfer to different occupations or leave the labor force.

The average annual income in this field is $44,040, with an earning potential of about $51,106 per year.

Potential Positions

Potential positions include accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk, general ledger clerk and payroll clerk. Nationally, about 25%of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in wholesale or retail trade and 34% are employed in organizations providing business, health, educational, and social services.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

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Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

  • Quarter 1
  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I5 credits

    Covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 and Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22Online KENT DOpenings: 11
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  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will also identify hardware components, demonstrate effective internet usage, and use the tools within the BTC learning management system. For off-campus, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/20MW12:30p-1:50pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 16
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    1/3-3/22Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/1MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 14
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    4/2-4/24MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    2/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 15
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    4/29-6/14MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • Required Courses for Program
  • Required Courses credits to TOTAL 84 Credits.

  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I (Note 1 below)5 credits

    Covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 and Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22Online KENT DOpenings: 11
    Register for this class
  • ACCT 242Practical Accounting II (Note 1 below)5 credits

    This course is the second in the series of three accounting courses. Course work focuses on learning bookkeeping procedures for a merchandising business as well as accounting for valuation of receivables, inventory, and plant and equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aKENT DOpenings: 18
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    4/2-6/20Online KENT DOpenings: 24
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  • ACCT 243Practical Accounting III (Note 2 below)5 credits

    This course is the third in a series of three accounting courses. Course work focuses on learning bookkeeping procedures for partnerships and corporations, how to prepare the statement of cash flows and financial statement analysis.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 242 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF12:30p-1:50pKENT DOpenings: 16
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  • ACCT 245Payroll Procedures5 credits

    Covers payroll records and procedures. Students complete assignments about federal and state laws that affect compensation of employees.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission.
  • ACCT 246Computerized Accounting5 credits

    A comprehensive study of computerized accounting systems in both service and merchandising environments. Uses the commercially popular QuickBooks software to demonstrate the use of fully integrated accounting systems. Topics include creating a chart of accounts, recording customer and vendor transactions, processing payroll, and printing reports. In addition, establishing a new company is covered as well as the advanced topic of exporting to Excel software.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission. It is highly recommended that ACCT 242 - Practical Accounting II be taken either prior to taking ACCT 246 or taken concurrently with ACCT 246.

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • ACCT 275Field-Based Experience5 credits

    Students will arrange to work in a college approved professional setting where they will apply business and accounting knowledge and skills in a variety of accounting related activities.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22ARRKENT DOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20ARRKENT DOpenings: 24
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  • ACCT& 203Principles of Accounting III5 credits

    This is the third course of the series of three accounting courses in the Business DTA sequence and is also a required course for the Accounting AAS and AAS-T degree students. This course introduces students to information needed by managers to carry out three essential functions in an organization: (1) planning operations, (2) controlling activities, and (3) making decisions. This course will show what kind of information is needed, where this information can be obtained, and how this information can be used by managers as they carry out their planning, control, and decision-making responsibilities.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT& 202 or ACCT 243 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/2-6/20Online KENT DOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 100Electronic Math Applications3 credits

    Focuses on the application of the electronic calculator to business transactions and accounting activities. Students will develop speed on the 10-key by touch method. Note: This course meets the computation general education requirements for the medical coding and billing program only.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or MATH 090 with a C or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/15MWF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 21
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    2/11-3/22Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 18
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    4/3-6/19MW 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 150Math for Business5 credits

    Students will apply math concepts to business applications in the areas of banking, business statistics, markup/markdown, payroll, debt, credit cards, investments, and insurance. It is recommended that students have a calculator with the exponent function.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or MATH 090 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 10
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    4/3-6/19MTW 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 171Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, technical descriptions and procedures, reports, and employment documents. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills. Students will use various forms of technology including email, online file sharing and live web conferencing. Students will need access to web cam and audio. It is recommended that BUS 188 (Business English) and CAP106 (Formatting with MS Word) be taken before BUS 171 (Technical Communications). NOTE: When this course is taught online, students will be expected to participate in two synchronous web conferences.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer scores: 71 Reading or a C or better in RDG 085; 71 Sentence Skills or a C or better in ENGL 092; CAP 101 with a C or better and CAP 105 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 188Business English5 credits

    Business English focuses on the improvement of basic grammar and proofreading skills needed to effectively compose and edit written business documents. Specific tools include proofreading, parts of speech, sentence structure, capitalization, abbreviation, number usage, punctuation, and word choice. It is recommended that BUS 188 (Business English) be taken before BUS 171 (Technical Communications).

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading or a C grade in RDG 085, 71 Sentence Skills or a C grade in ENGL 092; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/2-6/20Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS& 101Introduction to Business5 credits

    Students are introduced to the broad field of business and its organization, operation and management. Business opportunities, ownership, marketing, physical factors, human resource, finance, regulations and decision-making processes are emphasized. Other topics include problems of organization, strategic management and controls. Fulfills the social science requirements at Bellingham Technical College.

    Prerequisite:
    Recommend experience in Word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21Th10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 15
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    4/2-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • BUS& 201Business Law5 credits

    This course introduces students to principles underlying the legal environment of business through lectures, classroom activities, and study of text. Students will be exposed to basic information relating business and personal aspects of law as set forth in the course outline.

    Prerequisite:
    71 Reading Accuplacer score.

    Future Offerings
    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will also identify hardware components, demonstrate effective internet usage, and use the tools within the BTC learning management system. For off-campus, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/20MW12:30p-1:50pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 16
    Register for this class
    1/3-3/22Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    Register for this class
  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/1MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 14
    Register for this class
    4/2-4/24MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
    Register for this class
  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    2/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 15
    Register for this class
    4/29-6/14MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 142Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS100 or BUS150 or AMATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21Th 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 11
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 19
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    1/7-3/20MW 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 18
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    1/3-3/21TTh 1:10p-3:20pZAMORA AOpenings: 18
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    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aZAMORA AOpenings: 20
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    1/3-3/22Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 8
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    1/3-3/22Online SMITH MOpenings: 7
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    1/3-3/22Online SMITH MOpenings: 18
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    4/3-6/19MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 32
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    4/3-6/19MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/2-6/20TTh 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 32
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    4/2-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Note 1: ACCT& 201 may be substituted for ACCT 141 and ACCT 242; the student will need to take an additional five (5) credits in electives.

  • Note 2: ACCT& 202 may be substituted for ACCT 243.

  • Electives
  • Students may choose elective credits from any 100 level of higher courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUS, CAP, CIS, ECON, HRM, LGL, IT, or MGMT. Courses taken to meet the general education or program core requirements may not be used for electives. Students may need to take additional electives to total a minimum of 90 credits towards the degree.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS90 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters on a space available basis.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for sole proprietorships to analyze and record business transactions and prepare financial statements for both a service and a merchandising business.
  • Competently use an integrated accounting software program to record transactions and create financial reports and statements.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply payroll laws, compute payroll, record payroll entries and prepare federal and state forms that pertain to payroll.
  • Use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for partnerships and corporations to analyze and record business transactions; prepare and evaluate financial statements.
  • Interpret and apply managerial accounting information in various business decision-making roles.
  • Use a spreadsheet program to solve business problems using formulas, functions, lists, and charts.
  • Apply communication and interpersonal skills in a business environment while providing effective accounting support to an employer.

Deidre Kent - Instructor image

Deidre Kent

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Accounting/Business, Western Washington University

Certificate, Certified Public Accountant License, State of Washington

Certificate, Chartered Global Management Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8405
dkent@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 213

 

Background


Profile
Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting...

    • Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting experience focused on tax planning and preparation for individuals and small business entities, trusts and estates, as well as financial statement preparation and management consulting. She is a Pacific Northwest native and, prior to her public accounting experience, she spent her early career working in the private business college sector as an instructor and administrator. Her professional affiliations include: Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants – WSCPA member Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance – AFWA member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – AICPA member


Marcia Pedersen - Instructor image

Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!


Accounting Assistant Certificate

Choose this Accounting Assistant certificate program to get training for accounting and bookkeeping jobs. Employment choices are extensive in the high-demand field of accounting; you could work in a variety of office and business settings in jobs such as accounts receivable/payable clerk, general ledger clerk, or payroll clerk.

If you’re good with numbers and have a high attention to detail, the Accounting Program will provide you a wide range of skills to use with employers from wholesale firms and retail businesses to local, state, and federal government, service providers, and health and education organizations.

Employment Information

88% BTC graduate placement rate

$34,757 starting annual wage

$44,040 average annual wage

$51,106 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources


Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

Jobs & Employment

The large size of the occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work. Virtually all job openings will stem from replacement needs as clerks and assistants transfer to different occupations or leave the labor force.

Accounting graduates are in high demand. The average annual income in this field is $44,040, with an earning potential of about $51,106 per year.*

Potential Positions

Potential positions include accounts receivable/accounts payable clerk, general ledger clerk and payroll clerk. Nationally, about 25%of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are employed in wholesale or retail trade and 34% are employed in organizations providing business, health, educational, and social services.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

  • Note: ACCT& 201 may be substituted for ACCT 141 and ACCT 242; the student would need to take an additional five (5) credits in electives.

  • Quarter 1
  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I5 credits

    Covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 and Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22Online KENT DOpenings: 11
    Register for this class
  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will also identify hardware components, demonstrate effective internet usage, and use the tools within the BTC learning management system. For off-campus, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/20MW12:30p-1:50pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 16
    Register for this class
    1/3-3/22Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/1MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 14
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    4/2-4/24MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    2/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 15
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    4/29-6/14MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • Required Courses for Program
  • Required Courses credits to TOTAL 59 Credits. 9 Credits

  • ACCT 141Practical Accounting I *5 credits

    Covers the accounting cycle through a study of sole proprietorship and the use of accounts, the general journal, and the general ledger.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 and Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22Online KENT DOpenings: 11
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  • ACCT 242Practical Accounting II *5 credits

    This course is the second in the series of three accounting courses. Course work focuses on learning bookkeeping procedures for a merchandising business as well as accounting for valuation of receivables, inventory, and plant and equipment.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 with a C or better or Instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aKENT DOpenings: 18
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    4/2-6/20Online KENT DOpenings: 24
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  • ACCT 246Computerized Accounting5 credits

    A comprehensive study of computerized accounting systems in both service and merchandising environments. Uses the commercially popular QuickBooks software to demonstrate the use of fully integrated accounting systems. Topics include creating a chart of accounts, recording customer and vendor transactions, processing payroll, and printing reports. In addition, establishing a new company is covered as well as the advanced topic of exporting to Excel software.

    Prerequisite:
    ACCT 141 or instructor permission. It is highly recommended that ACCT 242 - Practical Accounting II be taken either prior to taking ACCT 246 or taken concurrently with ACCT 246.

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/19MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 100Electronic Math Applications3 credits

    Focuses on the application of the electronic calculator to business transactions and accounting activities. Students will develop speed on the 10-key by touch method. Note: This course meets the computation general education requirements for the medical coding and billing program only.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or MATH 090 with a C or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/15MWF 2:10p-3:30pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 21
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    2/11-3/22Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 18
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    4/3-6/19MW 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 150Math for Business5 credits

    Students will apply math concepts to business applications in the areas of banking, business statistics, markup/markdown, payroll, debt, credit cards, investments, and insurance. It is recommended that students have a calculator with the exponent function.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or MATH 090 with a "C" or better or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/22Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 10
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    4/3-6/19MTW 8:30a-9:50aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 171Technical Communications5 credits

    This course introduces students to effective written and oral business communication. Students will learn to compose effective business writings including letters, memos, technical descriptions and procedures, reports, and employment documents. Students will learn effective oral presentation and job interviewing skills. Students will use various forms of technology including email, online file sharing and live web conferencing. Students will need access to web cam and audio. It is recommended that BUS 188 (Business English) and CAP106 (Formatting with MS Word) be taken before BUS 171 (Technical Communications). NOTE: When this course is taught online, students will be expected to participate in two synchronous web conferences.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer scores: 71 Reading or a C or better in RDG 085; 71 Sentence Skills or a C or better in ENGL 092; CAP 101 with a C or better and CAP 105 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aPEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS 188Business English5 credits

    Business English focuses on the improvement of basic grammar and proofreading skills needed to effectively compose and edit written business documents. Specific tools include proofreading, parts of speech, sentence structure, capitalization, abbreviation, number usage, punctuation, and word choice. It is recommended that BUS 188 (Business English) be taken before BUS 171 (Technical Communications).

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Scores: 71 Reading or a C grade in RDG 085, 71 Sentence Skills or a C grade in ENGL 092; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    4/2-6/20Online PEDERSEN MOpenings: 24
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  • BUS& 101Introduction to Business5 credits

    Students are introduced to the broad field of business and its organization, operation and management. Business opportunities, ownership, marketing, physical factors, human resource, finance, regulations and decision-making processes are emphasized. Other topics include problems of organization, strategic management and controls. Fulfills the social science requirements at Bellingham Technical College.

    Prerequisite:
    Recommend experience in Word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21Th10:30a-12:40pSTAFFOpenings: 15
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    4/2-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 101Introduction to Computer Applications5 credits

    Students will use a personal computer to demonstrate basic skills in Windows, Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. Students will also identify hardware components, demonstrate effective internet usage, and use the tools within the BTC learning management system. For off-campus, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer score: 71 Reading.

    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/20MW12:30p-1:50pPEDERSEN MOpenings: 16
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    1/3-3/22Online MASSEY JOpenings: 16
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    4/3-6/19MW10:10a-11:30aSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 105Computerized Touch Keyboarding2 credits

    A touch typing course for beginners as well as those needing to brush up on their keyboarding skills. Course covers learning to type alphabetical keys by touch using proper technique. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 50 or higher or RDG 085 with a C or better.

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/1MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 14
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    4/2-4/24MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 106Formatting with MSWord4 credits

    Provides skillbuilding, production typing, and Microsoft Word fundamentals at the beginning or review level. Students use MS Word to format letters, memos, reports, and tables. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    CAP 105; or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    2/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aMASSEY JOpenings: 15
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    4/29-6/14MTWF10:10a-11:30aMASSEY JOpenings: 24
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  • CAP 142Excel5 credits

    This course provides a practical hands-on approach to developing the skills to use the powerful spreadsheet application, Excel. Students will use Excel to organize and analyze data, perform numerical calculations, and illustrate relationships in numerical data by displaying charts. For off-campus work, a Windows-based computer is required.

    Prerequisite:
    BUS100 or BUS150 or AMATH100 or MATH&107 or higher; and CAP101.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21Th 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 11
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    1/3-3/21TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 19
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    1/7-3/20MW 2:10p-3:30pBURNS JOpenings: 18
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    1/3-3/21TTh 1:10p-3:20pZAMORA AOpenings: 18
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    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aZAMORA AOpenings: 20
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    1/3-3/22Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 8
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    1/3-3/22Online SMITH MOpenings: 7
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    1/3-3/22Online SMITH MOpenings: 18
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    4/3-6/19MW 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20TTh 8:00a-10:10aSTAFFOpenings: 32
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    4/3-6/19MWF 8:30a-9:50aSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/2-6/20TTh 6:00p-8:10pSTAFFOpenings: 32
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    4/2-6/20TTh 1:10p-3:20pSTAFFOpenings: 28
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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    4/2-6/20Online STAFFOpenings: 24
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  • Students may choose elective credits from any 100 level of higher courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUS, CAP, CIS, ECON, HRM, LGL, IT, or MGMT. Courses taken to meet the general education or program core requirements may not be used for electives.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS64 credits

Entry Information

Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!

When Can I Start?


The program typically starts in Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Quarters on a space available basis.

What Are The Minimum Entry Requirements?


These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade or better in MATH 090.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085
  • Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092

What Are My Next Steps?


  1. Apply to BTC and Financial Aid
  2. Take the ACCUPLACER/Placement Test
  3. Attend an Advising & Registration Session
  4. Prepare to Attend

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply "Generally Accepted Accounting Principles", the recording of business transactions, and preparation of financial statements for a merchandising business.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate effective skills using computerized accounting software.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate effective 10-key skills.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in work processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate competency in basic keyboarding.

Deidre Kent - Instructor image

Deidre Kent

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


B.A., Accounting/Business, Western Washington University

Certificate, Certified Public Accountant License, State of Washington

Certificate, Chartered Global Management Accountant, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8405
dkent@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 213

 

Background


Profile
Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting...

    • Deidre spent over 20 years in the field of public accounting before joining the faculty at Bellingham Technical College in 2008. Her public accounting experience focused on tax planning and preparation for individuals and small business entities, trusts and estates, as well as financial statement preparation and management consulting. She is a Pacific Northwest native and, prior to her public accounting experience, she spent her early career working in the private business college sector as an instructor and administrator. Her professional affiliations include: Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants – WSCPA member Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance – AFWA member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants – AICPA member


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Marcia Pedersen

Area of Instruction


Business & Computer Information Systems

Degrees and Certifications


M.Ed., Business and Marketing Education, Central Washington University

B.S., Business Education, Central Washington University

Certificate, Microsoft Office Specialist in 2013 Outlook, Access, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


360 752-8407
mpedersen@btc.edu
Campus Center (CC) - Room 214

 

Background


Profile
Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over ...

    • Marcia Pedersen has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Central Washington University and has taught a variety of courses over 27 years including computers, finance, law, entrepreneurship, office procedures and English. She is certified in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access. Her professional networks are with the National Business Education Association, Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and Washington State Business Education Association. In addition, she has worked as a receptionist, legal secretary, athletic program manager, clerical testing administrator, lifeguard, and juvenile detention officer. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, reading, volunteering with search and rescue, and spending time with her family—two and four-legged!