Accounting and Finance

Success Stories


Keith Garcia Rayburn

As an undergrad at Cornell, Keith Garcia Rayburn took a couple of economics courses, and liked them – realizing that an understanding of economics is essential to living in our capitalist country. He earned a degree in economics, with a minor in music. After graduation, he returned to the local area and began work as bookkeeper with the Teamsters Labor Union 390 in Salinas. That's how Keith became interested in accounting. "Taking the courses in accounting really helped me in my current job," Keith says. He originally just wanted to take a few courses but decided on getting his CPA Preparation Certificate. "Cabrillo is the only college around that has an affordable accounting program where you can fulfill all of the CPA's educational requirements. This has been huge for me and is a big part of why I chose Cabrillo." Keith finds his experience in the program "excellent."

The instructors take the time to answer questions. Alexander Korniakov has helped me a lot, guiding me in getting requirements done for CPA.

Keith appreciates the online program, as it lets him work full-time and pursue his passions training to make the Mexican Pan-American team as a pole vaulter and playing in two local bands currently making albums. He says, "I wouldn't be able to pursue these interests if it weren't for Cabrillo's online accounting program."


Johnny Rosas

Johnny Rosas works in accounts receivable and finance at a large company in Santa Cruz. He loves the job and enjoys helping customers. This job is a promotion, with a raise, from his previous position. It wasn't any easy path to success and fulfillment. While his dad worked 10 hour shifts to support the family, Johnny decided not to attend college after high school because "I was living a life of entertainment and all I wanted to do was party. That's the biggest mistake I've have ever done in my life." He eventually became homeless. "I was tired of everything and how my life was going ," he remembers, " so I decided to make a change so I can have a better future for myself and to finally give back to my parents everything that they have given me."

Johnny says that his time in the Accounting Program prepared him for his job positions.

I wouldn't be here right now if I didn't take the courses.

He says it was challenging since accounting isn't easy, but the instructors are very supportive and helped guide him.