Program Overview

This certificate helps students obtain a basis in accounting subjects, but also places a greater emphasis (then the Small Business Accounting Certificate) on business topics, managerial principles, and gaining a proficiency in Microsoft Office Products. (11 courses over 3 terms)

Gainful Employment

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Gainful Employment Information

Job Opportunities

With the foundation laid in the Small Business Accounting Certificate, the students now can obtain jobs with additional skills including:

  • Working in a manufacturing accounting environment
  • Working in an accounting firm assisting in tax return preparation as well as other bookkeeping functions.
  • Working as an assistant in financial analysis utilizing advanced Microsoft Word skills.
  • Managing a small office with posting, filing, payroll, and reporting responsibilities.

Career Outlook and Earnings

Entry-level positions for graduates include:  manager-trainee positions in private and governmental positions, office manager, or front line business and industry supervisory positions.

Employment Mean hourly wage Mean annual wage
11% growth though 2022 $16.91 $35,173

Program Outcomes

Students should expect to learn the following by completing the certificate:

  • Understand the accounting process
  • Be able to post to Quickbooks
  • Be able to create and understand financial statements
  • Be able to prepare payroll reports for federal and state compliance
  • Understand and prepare tax returns
  • Develop reports using Microsoft Office

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It is a great time to be a student at Kaskaskia College! Click on the button to see degree requirements and contact the program coordinator.

Ira Kay Hickmam

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Phone: (618)545-3329



Kaskaskia College

27210 College Road

Centralia, Illinois 62801



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