The Accounting program provides the educational background and training required for entry positions in private business and industry, governmental agencies, and public accounting firms. Students in this program receive a thorough foundation in accounting theory and practice as students learn to perform a variety of business accounting functions. Graduates are prepared for positions as junior accountants in public accounting firms, private industry, or government service.
Is This Program for You?
If you are an energetic self-starter, inquisitive, adaptable, analytical, and a forward thinker with good communications skills, you may have what it takes to be successful in the accounting field.
Students entering the Accounting Associate Degree program should:
Have good analytical skills and work well with details.
Like to organize information.
Work well under the stress of deadlines.
Associate degree requiring a minimum of two years to complete. Available in Face-to-face and online class formats.
High school articulation courses accepted.
Financial aid available.
Classes start in August or January.
Modified plans available.
Articulation agreements in place for transfer to four-year university programs.
Related Degrees & Certificates
Admission and Program Requirements
Submit Application and $30 Application Fee To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809 Helpful Academic Background
High school accounting
This program is eligible for
Financial Aid. Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to 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 organizational and/or individual tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
Identify internal controls to reduce risk
Utilize computers and calculators as they apply to the accounting profession
Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)
TSA scoring guide will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Accounting Degree. To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to you about your performance.
Job openings in the accounting field are expected to remain strong. As all organizations, including government, public accounting firms, service businesses, financial institutions, and manufacturing companies, require accounting services. The following are some typical jobs that a graduate of the Accounting program may enter:
Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
Career Pathways offer new ways to achieve your education goals. Instead of studying just one program, the Career Pathways model links related academic programs in a sequence. Each program offers direct job preparation AND a path to the next higher academic program.
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our
Credit for Prior Learning page. Accounting Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
(Demonstration) Challenge Exam