Accounting FAQ

Do I have to complete the entire program?

While it is not a condition of enrollment that you complete the entire program, it is in your best interest to do so. Many employers are looking for an associate degree minimum for entry level workers, and many more will do so in the future. Additionally, if you wish to transfer to a bachelor’s degree granting institution, you will be much better off with a degree than without one.

What are the starting salaries in the field?

In our graduate followup study, accounting graduates reported average earnings of $32,000, with a range from $22,000 to $45,000.

When are classes held?

KCC’s Accounting Program is delivered during the day and evening. It is also possible to take many of the courses off-campus. In addition, some courses in the program are available online.

What are classes like at KCC?

Classes at the College expose the student to a wide array of teaching/learning structures. Some are traditional lecture format, others rely heavily on student participation, some rely on teamwork for the completion of projects, many incorporate computer related activities and some include all of the above. Lecture classes usually allow no more than 35 students enrolled at one time, while computer-based courses enroll 24 students.

What academic preparation is needed to be successful in the Accounting Program?

While there is no specific high school curriculum required for entry into the program, a desire to be successful and an enthusiasm for learning will carry you a long way.

Can I transfer my degree?

Yes, we currently have transfer agreements with a number of four-year colleges and universities, including Western Michigan University, Ferris State University, Tri-State University, Siena Heights College, Olivet College and Davenport College. However, you should make your decision about transfer as early as possible because each institution has its own transfer policies.

What will I do on the job when I am finished with my degree?

An Associate in Applied Science degree will give you the opportunity to be a candidate for jobs that would otherwise be unavailable to you. You might wind up in bookkeeping or auditing, or perhaps in tax preparation. There are also accounting positions available in retail businesses and in organizations providing business, health, education or social services. There are a wide variety of opportunities that will become attractive to you. In all cases, you will be putting your accounting skills to work.

Are jobs available?

Yes, each year jobs which used to be available to people without a college degree are requiring a degree for entry level applicants. And as the economic system becomes more service-oriented, more companies and organizations are looking to business programs to provide them with the leadership they require for a successful future.

I have been away from school for a few years. Will I be able to compete with other students?

Yes, the average age of KCC students is 29, with some as young as 15 and others as mature as 65. Skill assessment instruments can identify any weakness you bring with you, and study skills assistance and developmental courses are available if needed. The College also has a full set of student services to aid students with specific learning problems, and a tutoring center helps students with problems in certain courses.

Can I do it?

Absolutely! We will give you all of the help and support that you need. All that we ask is that you provide the determination and effort.

Where do I begin?

Fill out an application, take the COMPASS test, see a KCC advisor, contact the Business Department at 269-965-3931 ext. 2501 or email Teresa Washburn.