Why Accounting and Finance
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.
Many of our students take just a few courses needed to advance in their current jobs, find a new position, or to earn their CPA.
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.
The Associate in Science in Accounting prepares students to set up accounting systems that allow businesses or individuals to organize, maintain, and audit financial records. Accounting systems capture all aspects of the financial transactions of business entities such as corporations, individual owners (sole proprietors), and government. Accountants may be involved in business related duties such as preparing tax returns, budgets, financial statements, advising businesses on accounting systems, or auditing financial records.
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.