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Accounting Assistant

Technical Diploma

30 Credits | 1 Year

Online Program | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland, Hayward, Ladysmith, New Richmond, Online, Rice Lake, Superior

Career Cluster: Finance

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

Program Overview

The first year of the full Accounting associate degree, the Accounting Assistant technical diploma will prepare you to maintain accounting records such as receivables, payables, purchasing, billing (sales), inventory and payroll. 

Program Outcomes

Accounting Assistant graduates will be able to: 

  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle
  • Analyze basic financial and business information to support planning and decision making
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting and analysis tasks

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

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

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Take your classes in a variety of formats including online, interactive television or in a traditional classroom. 

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Through case studies, business scenarios and real-world problems, you'll learn exactly what will be expected of you in this field.


Academics

The Accounting Assistant 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 Assistant classes are offered on all four campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior). Select courses are available at the learning centers in Ladysmith and Hayward.They are delivered in a variety of formats including online, interactive television, and in the traditional classroom format.

Career Pathways

As an Accounting Assistant student at WITC, you can continue your education to build upon your credentials. Graduates of the Accounting Assistant program will also earn a Billing and Posting Clerk technical diploma. You can also continue your education to obtain the Accounting associate degree. 

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.

Start Here, Transfer There

After you complete your Accounting Assistant technical diploma, you can continue your education to obtain the Accounting associate degree and transfer your credits to another college to earn your bachelor's degree. WITC has articulation agreements in Accounting with a variety of four-year universities in Wisconsin. 


Curriculum

Program specific subjects covered include financial accounting. Classes include Financial Accounting 1 and 2, Payroll Systems and Accounting, and more. Software courses include Excel, Word, and Access.

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Featured Accounting Assistant Courses

10101101
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UGRD
| 4 CR
Complete accounting cycle, special journals, payroll tax principles, special procedures, and financial statements. Accounting applications through practice set approach.
10101174
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UGRD
| 2 CR
Students will learn the QuickBooks accounting software by performing tasks that involve the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, inventory, payroll, and financial statements. Students will be responsible for finding and correcting errors in the QuickBooks program. PREREQUISITE: 10101101 Financial Accounting 1 or 10101176 Financial Accounting 1A.
10101124
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UGRD
| 3 CR
Study of state and federal laws affecting payroll -- Fair Labor Standards Act, Federal and State Unemployment Acts, Federal Insurance Contributions Act, Federal and State Withholding Tax Acts, payroll accounting procedures, and systems design. COREQUISITE: 10101101 Financial Accounting 1.

Accounting Assistant is Part of a Career Pathway

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

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Billing and Posting Clerk

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
$21,838-$32,510
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Accounting Assistant

Technical Diploma
30 Credits
Potential Careers
Accounting Clerk, Accounts Receivable Clerk, Accounts Payable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Tax Accounting Clerk
Range of Yearly Salary
$27,038-$37,437 Annually
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Accounting

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
$25,998-$52,800 Annually
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Accounting-Related Bachelor Degrees

Lakeland University | Northland College | UW-Barron County | UW-Oshkosh | UW-River Falls | UW-Stout | UW-Superior
Potential Careers
Accounting Manager | Accountant | Financial Analyst | Budget Analyst | Cost Accountant | Payroll Accountant | Tax Accountant
Range of Yearly Salary
$42,931–54,330 Annually

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple three-step admissions process that can be completed in one visit. Fill out the application form either online or at a campus, complete an assessment and meet with a WITC counselor. In the meeting, you'll discuss your goals and the counselor will make sure you're getting the most out of your education and the best bang for your buck. 

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. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs*

Accounting Assistant

30 Credits | 1 Years

$4,170

$4,170 In Tuition and Fees


*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 Assistant Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain a technical diploma in Accounting Assistant.

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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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Gainful Employment

Established by the U.S. Department of Education, Gainful Employment is available to help you make an informed decision about which career to pursue. This required information shows data about how WITC's technical diploma programs that receive federal financial aid lead to gainful employment in recognized careers. 

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Contact

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Sara Eckstein

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220

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Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195

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New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339

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Superior Admissions Contact

Cindy Miller

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243

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