Accounting is important in essentially every industry because it is the universal language used in all business practices. Accounting makes sense of what's really happening in a company and makes their data understandable to the general public, shareholders, and also the employees. Employment of accountants is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
This Accounting program is designed for new business students, small-business owners, and those interested in double-entry accounting systems. Work includes development of basic procedures of acceptable accounting practices. Discussion and demonstration will focus on analyzing, classifying, recording, summarizing, and reporting business transactions. This program blends independent work and classroom demonstrations with online exercises; preparing students for entry-level positions or for college-level financial coursework. While learning double-entry accounting principles, students will realize the important role accounting plays with business decisions. Future career options and opportunities in the field of accounting are abundant.
To Be Successful
Mathematical, communication (reading, writing, and speaking), and relevant computer skills are essential to be successful in this program. Students in this program are generally detail-oriented and have the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Most students in the program have access to the internet.
Program textbook is at a college reading level.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Program Success Indicators
- Listen, read, and follow verbal and written directions
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and calculate percentages
- Computer and internet literate, knowledge of a variety of Microsoft Office applications
- Demonstrate communication, composition, and spelling and grammar skills
- Present to a group
- Demonstrate workplace literacy skills requiring information processing, critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision making
- Good work ethic and good attendance
- Organizational skills
- Complete assigned work in a timely manner; meet deadlines, prioritize tasks
- Dependable, responsible, honest, and courteous
- Positive attitude and interest in the program
- Adhere to professional standards of dress and behavior
- Learn from feedback and constructive criticism
- Enjoy working independently and as part of a team
- Be productive every day
- Work collaboratively in a team
- Flexible in an instructional environment
- Enjoy hands-on work environment
- Production and project-based
- Pay attention to detail, locate and fix errors, and proofread own work for accuracy
- Enjoy playing with puzzles, solving problems, and lateral thinking games
- Interested in owning their own business
- Maintain a safe work environment
- Prefer routine procedures and process
Note: Additional education and experience may be required.
- Bank Teller
- Payroll Clerk
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Accounts Receivable Clerk
- Tax Accountant
- Cost Accountant
- Chief Financial Officer
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
High School Credit*
*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.
- 1.0 4th Math
- 1.0 Online Learning Experience
- 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
- 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
- 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts
College Credit Opportunities*
*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the program.
- Baker College
- Davenport University
- Jackson College
- Siena Heights University
- Western Michigan University
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
Tammie Neeley brings a wide variety of experience in the business/finance industry to the Accounting program. She first found her passion for accounting when she took a summer accounting class at the LISD TECH Center. From there she earned her Bachelors’ degree in Accounting from Oral Roberts University, Masters’ degree in Business Education from Central Michigan University, and Teacher Certification from Siena Heights University. Tammie has 25 years of teaching experience at the middle/high school level, along with post-secondary teaching experience at Siena Heights University, Jackson College, Ferris State University, and Baker College. She also does accounting work for a manufacturing business in Jackson, MI.