There is an acute shortage of persons with the training needed to be successful in accounting. The Accounting Certificate prepares you to be a junior accountant in business, government and industry. Job opportunities exist in accounting firms, manufacturing companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, service companies, not-for-profit and governmental entities.
As a junior accountant, you may:
- support senior accountant in carrying out the responsibilities of an accounting department
- be responsible for general accounting functions that include preparing journal entries; maintaining balance sheet schedules and ledgers and bank reconciliations; and assisting with monthly closing and account analysis
Total Cost of Accounting Certificate
(in-district) Total Amount: $6,665.00
Credit Hours to Complete: 36
Semesters to Complete: 3
What makes MCC's Accounting Certificate program better than or distinct from similar programs at other institutions?
- MCC's accounting programs are designed to be stackable. A stackable career track provides a pathway for advancement through a career ladder. The pathways are clearly-designed sequences of career-related courses. You can accumulate a sequence of certificates over time to build on your qualifications and to help you to advance along a career path. Stackable credentials assist you in advancing in your career, providing for higher paying jobs, which can lead to a higher standard of living.
- You'll learn from full-time faculty with over 50 combined years of teaching experience and adjunct instructors working the accounting field today.
In addition to the Accounting Certificate, we offer:
What you need to know about getting your Accounting Certificate (CIP 520301)
|Additional Accounting Certificate Costs||$3,209.00||$3,209.00||$3,209.00||$3,209.00|
What job opportunities are available to someone with an Accounting Certificate?
- junior accountant
- accounting associate
- accounting clerk
- bank teller
- credit analyst
- auditing clerk
- tax professional
|Occupation and Occupational Profile Link||SOC Code|
|Accountants and Auditors||13-2011|
|Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents||13-2081|
|Business Teachers, Postsecondary||25-1011|
How will MCC's Accounting Certificate prepare me for my career or connect me to opportunities?
- MCC students have had accounting internships with the following local businesses: True Value Barrington, Aptar, Sage, Follett, Centegra, Silgan Tubes, Brown Printing, Walmart in Johnsburg, TC Industries, Countryside, McHenry County Federal Credit Union, Baxter Credit Union, American Community Bank, Home State Bank, Scot Forge, AJE Associates, Exemplar Financial , Wells Fargo Financial, Sam’s Club, Gary Lang Auto Group, and Round the Clock Restaurant.
- Many students go on to become CPA's and work in the local communities.
By the Numbers:
- Salaries range from $30,000 to $63,000, in the middle half of accounting occupations:
- $25,000 to $59,000 for bookkeepers
- $51,000 to $63,000 for tax accountants
- $45,000 to $59,000 staff accountants
- $45,000 to $59,000 financial services analysts
- Job Outlook: Steady job growth for the next five years, especially at small firms with lower overhead costs. Tax accounting services are also in strong demand.
What have graduates gone on to do?
- Several graduates work at Exemplar Financial in an accounting capacity
- Several graduates worked as interns at AptarGroup, a world-wide manufacturing corporation with headquarters in Crystal Lake
Outside the Classroom
- Take advantage of free accounting tutoring through the Sage Learning Center
- Ask about internship opportunities
- Take part in MCC's annual High School Accounting Bowl
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Illinois CPA Society
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