Entrepreneurship and Business

Accounting and Finance

The Accounting and Finance Program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills required for entry-level positions in industry, government, financial institutions, and small businesses as well as a foundation for new entrepreneurs.

The program includes classroom instruction and extensive hands-on application with both manual and computerized accounting systems. Cabrillo College provides facilities, equipment, and faculty and staff to deliver the very finest lower division accounting education. The program allows students to take classes to enrich their jobs, earn short-term certificates to get to employment faster, and/or earn an associate degree that transfers to a senior college or university program. The department goal is to educate business, accounting, and finance students for jobs that will lead to a supporting income for an individual or family.

Career Opportunities in Accounting and Finance

Accounting and Finance graduates may be involved in recording business transactions,constructing financial statements, preparing budgets and tax returns, auditing financial records, advising businesses, and working for government and not-for-profit agencies, to name just a few opportunities. More job positions are currently available than students graduating to fill those positions, with even more employment opportunities expected to continue to grow in the foreseeable future.

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Transfer Program

The Accounting and Finance Program provides courses required for a student to transfer to most colleges and universities in California and across the United States. The Accounting and Finance program, with its transferable courses combined with general education courses, allows students to transition to senior colleges and universities as Accounting and Finance majors, as well as Business or Economic majors with an Accounting and Finance concentration

Vocational-Career Program

The vocational-career certificates provide students with the skills and knowledge required for entry-level positions in the accounting departments of service, retail, and manufacturing industries along with government entities, financial institutions, and small business establishments. In addition to opportunities for employment, the program prepares students for entrepreneurial/self-employment pathways.

Degree and Certificates Offered:

  • Accounting - Associate in Science (A.S.)

  • Accounting Certificate of Achievement

  • Bookkeeping Certificate of Achievement

  • CPA Exam Preparation Certificate of Achievement

  • Financial Management Skills Certificate

  • Payroll Accounting Certificate of Achievement

  • Tax Preparation Certificate of Achievement

These degrees and certificates will help you find jobs in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Sales, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, Retail, Human Resources, Payroll, Purchasing, Advertising, Financial Analyst, Public Relations, Health Care, Hospitality, and more.

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