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Accounting

Program Requirements: 

Why Accounting? Companies of all sizes and types employ accountants! Job opportunities exist with manufacturing companies; service companies; construction companies; restaurants; hotels; accounting firms; tax preparation firms; hospitals and health care companies; federal, state and county governments; other governmental agencies; the FBI; non-profit organizations – you name it!

Whether you are here to earn your Associates degree; position yourself to go on to a four year degree or to gain or refresh valuable employment skills, we invite you to explore the Gateway Accounting Program.

What makes Gateway's Accounting Program Exceptional?

Educational Options:

Lifestyle Options:

  • Classes on 3 campuses
  • Evening and day options
  • All courses for the Associates degree are offered online, on-demand. Students have 24/7 access to the curriculum. Required courses are offered online year-round and you are guaranteed to get in the online classes you want – you’re never put on a waiting list!
  • You can mix and match campus classes with online classes to fit your needs

Real World Experience

  • Instructors with real world experience and courses with real world assignments.
  • Opportunities for real world experience in your courses: Internships; Accounting - Serving the Public Interest, Income Tax Accounting and BizSquad.
  • Hands-on experience with software used in the business world: Excel, QuickBooks, Word, PowerPoint and H&R Block tax software.

Get Connected

Gateway business programs are accredited - The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) awarded Gateway Technical College initial accreditation of its business programs, the first technical college in Wisconsin to receive that designation.

The national accreditation means Gateway programs, curriculum and staff members meet the rigorous standards set by the ACBSP, and put the learning opportunities on par with four-year colleges in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.

What does an Accountant do?

There are a variety of career options, as every industry needs accountants. Graduates of Gateway’s Accounting degree program often work as an accountant, bookkeeper or assistant accountant in accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll or income tax. To see what you might be interested in, go to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) website for an interactive look at accounting career paths or to the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB),

Learning by doing

Each of Gateway’s Accounting classes give students the opportunity to learn skills by doing exactly what will be done on the job. Students learn through real-world scenarios and projects. Students gain skill in software employers want – QuickBooks, Excel, Word, H&R Block tax software and PowerPoint. This is what makes Gateway’s Accounting graduates so employable!

The BizSquad  provides students the opportunity to gain experience working on a project team that includes Accounting students and those from other business programs. Accounting internships provide hands-on accounting experience in the community. Gain experience while serving the community in Accounting - Serving the Public Interest or as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) volunteer.

Job and salary outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020. The median annual salary of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks was $34,030 in 2010. Rates increase with greater experience and education. Students who go on to become certified in specific areas of accounting will see greater earning potential.

Certification and Licensing

Gateway Technical College Accounting program graduates are eligible to sit for several certification exams providing them with the potential for additional employment credentials. The National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers (NACPB) offers bookkeeper, payroll, and tax certifications tests. Additional certifications available to graduates include the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB)  Certified Bookkeeper; QuickBooks Certified User; and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification, Excel and Excel Expert. Income Tax Accounting students earn VITA certification as part of the course. 

Faculty

Online
Jill Buchmann
buchmannj@gtc.edu

Ken Haling
halingk@gtc.edu

Jef Halverson
halversonj@gtc.edu

Pamela Hillman
hillmanp@gtc.edu

Linda McGee
mcgeel@gtc.edu

Sharon O'Reilly
oreillys@gtc.edu

Kenosha

Mark Lange
langem@gtc.edu

Racine
Cheryl Konwent
konwentc@gtc.edu

Advisors

Elkhorn
Jason Kemp
kempj@gtc.edu

Kenosha
Andrew Goodman
goodmana@gtc.edu

Racine
Raquel Palacios
palaciosr@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Ray Koukari, Dean
koukarir@gtc.edu

Manoj Babu, Associate Dean
babum@gtc.edu