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Associate Degree

60 Credits | 2 Years

Online Program | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice, In-Person or Web Conferencing instruction. Select courses are available at the WITC Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

Career Cluster: Finance

Accounting is one profession that can lead you to multiple career options. Businesses and organizations of all sizes need to employ accountants. You can secure jobs in a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Also, your choices abound within the accounting field. You can choose from tax, cost, audit, government, payroll and financial accounting.

Program Overview

Accounting is an important tool for any business. In this two-year accounting associate degree, you will be prepared to assemble, analyze, interpret and forecast essential information about the operation of an organization. You’ll prepare financial statements, cost studies and tax reports.

Program Outcomes

Accounting graduates will be able to:

  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle
  • Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision making
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting and analysis tasks
  • Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting and analysis tasks
  • Perform individual and/or organizational tax accounting preparation, reporting and analysis tasks
  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk

Stay on top of the latest Accounting technologies and methods with WITC's Accounting associate degree. 

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Use current technology that employers use such as QuickBooks, Excel, Word, tax software and Access.

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Through case studies, business scenarios and real-world problems, you'll learn exactly what will be expected of you as an accountant.

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Take your classes in a variety of formats including online, web conferencing or in a traditional classroom. 


The Accounting instructors use a differentiated approach to teaching, keeping YOU in mind when developing lesson plans, workbook exercises, lectures, projects and other interactive learning activities.

Accounting classes are offered on all campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior) and outreach centers Balsam Lake, Hayward, and Ladysmith. Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, Your Choice, In-person, or Web Conferencing. 

Career Pathways

As an Accounting student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way. Graduates of the Accounting program also earn a certificate in Tax Preparer Assistant, a diploma in Billing and Posting Clerk and a diploma in Accounting Assistant.

Club Activities

You can join the Business Professionals of America club and participate in statewide competitions and a number of charity projects like Special Olympics and the Pregnancy Help Center. In addition, there are a number of other clubs to join including the Business Club, Veterans Club and Student Senate.

Fit My Life Program

Fit My Life programs accommodate your life by providing an option of a part-time, evening and/or weekend core course schedule throughout your entire education, making it easier to work around childcare, work and other responsibilities.


Program specific subjects covered include financial, cost and managerial accounting. Other classes are payroll, budgeting, and tax accounting. Software courses include Quickbooks, Excel, Word, and Access.

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Featured Accounting Courses

| 4 CR
This course will prepare you to complete and file individual federal and Wisconsin income tax returns including the 1040EZ/WIZ, 1040A/1A, and 1040/1 with most common supporting schedules. This course is lecture- and project-based with most returns done manually and some comprehensive problems being computerized.
| 4 CR
This course addresses cost accounting principles, procedures, and managerial applications of cost data; theory of job order cost, process cost, and standard cost; and managerial cost decision making. Though not required, 10101103 Financial Accounting 2 is also recommended prior to taking this course. PREREQUISITES: 10101101 Financial Accounting 1 and 10103152 MS Excel B.
| 2 CR
By using the tools and techniques learned in the class, students will understand how to use financial information to manage a business, make better financial decisions, increase business profitability, and improve cash flow. With a detailed review of what the numbers in the financial statements represent and how managers and owners use that information to be more successful in controlling and growing their business operations, students will learn how to use financial information to build an effective and realistic budget that can be used to control costs, improve profits and gain a competitive advantage. COREQUISITE: 10101101 Financial Accounting 1 or 10101176 Financial Accounting 1A

Accounting is Part of a Career Pathway

As an Accounting student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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You could take this first and get a credential.

Technical Diploma
13 Credits/ Less than 1 year
Potential Careers
Payroll Assistant, Payroll Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Bookkeeper, Accounting Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
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Earn a technical diploma or a pathway certificate.

Technical Diploma
30 Credits
Potential Careers
Accounting Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Tax Accounting Clerk
Range of Yearly Salary
$23,336*-$77,994* WTCS Annually
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Pathway Certificate
10 Credits / 1 Year Part Time
Potential Careers
Income Tax Preparer, Tax Associate, Tax Preparer
Range of Yearly Salary
$27,038-$50,000 Annually
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Associate Degree
60 credits
Potential Careers
Accounting Supervisor, Bookkeeper, Accounts Receivable Specialist, Accounts Payable Specialist, Payroll Specialist, Cost Accounting Specialist, Tax Accounting Specialist
Range of Yearly Salary
$31,198-$62,000 Annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree.

Accounting-Transfer Options

UW-Oshkosh | UW-River Falls | UW-Stout | UW-Superior | Cardinal Stritch University | Franklin University | Lakeland University | Milwaukee School of Engineering | Northland College

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it! 

Tuition and Fees

WITC breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

Learn More About Paying for College

Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*


60 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC Accounting Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a:

  • Tax Preparer Assistant Pathway Certificate
  • Billing and Posting Clerk Technical Diploma
  • Accounting Assistant Technical Diploma
  • Accounting Associate Degree
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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

WITC's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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