Do you enjoy creating order from chaos? Solving puzzles and sleuthing? Are you balanced and organized, and yet flexible, dynamic and fun? If so, accounting could be your calling. The curriculum is rigorous, the bar is set high, and the program prepares students with not only technical skills, but with management and communication acumen. This program has a very strong placement track record - you can work at a local nonprofit, a technology company, traditional CPA firms, government organizations or in a wide spectrum of industries.
Check out Lisa Swallow's guest post on Missoula non-profit Homeword's website. "I am a big believer in education around financial fitness and asset building, and strongly support the connection between security in one’s home (and life) and learning how to budget, save, set goals and the like."
Lisa Swallow, CPA CMA MS, Program Director
Almost all organizations need either in-house financial staff or outside bookkeeping/accounting services to aid with financial data compilation and reporting. Bookkeepers and accountants maintain financial records and often participate in strategic planning and other fiscal decisions. Graduates work in small businesses as full charge bookkeepers or large businesses as members of accounting staffs. They are required to communicate extensively with vendors, clients, and employees and are often key players in business projections, cash forecasting, and budgeting. This program provides students the marketable skills for employability in a variety of organizations including service, retail, non-profit, governmental, and accounting firms. Program graduates use technology to gather, compile and analyze data. They communicate budgetary and accounting information to non-financial colleagues and managers. Students considering this program should be analytical, detail-oriented, and enjoy using current technology.
The University of Montana catalog details degree specific credits and course requirements. The Curriculum Sequence suggests a semester-by-semester plan for students to complete the program.
|Accounting Technology UM Catalog||Associate of Applied Science|
|Accounting Technology Curriculum Sequence|
“When filling an open position we place value on seeing a job applicant that has a degree from Missoula College. By having the A.A.S. degree it gives us assurance that the job applicant has the necessary skills to do a great job for our company.” - Brian Miller CPA, CGMA, Chief Financial Officer
“At Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens P.C. (JCCS) we have a number of employees, and clients with employees, that went through the accounting program at Missoula College. I have been impressed with the quality of the students and how prepared they are for a good career in accounting!” - Jim Galipeau, CPA
"At Doyle & Associates, P.C. we have been very impressed with the employees we have hired who graduated from the accounting program at Missoula College, University of Montana. We have found those individuals to possess practical skills and knowledge immediately upon graduation that have proven to be very valuable to our firm. The practical accounting skills taught in the program have cut down on training costs for our firm." - Tana J. Doyle, CPA
"It’s been a year and half since you sent Randi our way for the job opening we had in our admin office. I can’t begin to tell you how pleased we are with her. Randi has outperformed our expectations in her position. She has revamped the reporting to our airports and so many other areas. She has streamlined so many processes that required ungodly amounts of manpower to get what we needed for so many areas of our business." - Frankie Smith, Operations Manager
"Missoula College has given me a chance to learn and grow in a field I am passionate about. With only a few months of school left, I look forward to starting the next chapter in my life and beginning a satisfying career as an assistant controller at Boone & Crockett Club. I feel the curriculum adequately prepares you for the workforce. It has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I have ever done. Hands down the best decision I ever made." - Jessica Fahlgren
"What makes the Accounting Technology program compelling? It's both challenging and rewarding. Completing this program will secure a great paying career that is very flexible, diverse, and is in demand in many different areas of interest." - Gretchen Reum
"I found this program to be challenging and rewarding. I have gained professional skills and knowledge while completing the Accounting Technology Program at Missoula College. I am now qualified to hold several professional positions, as a book keeper and will be completing my Bachelors in Accounting on the UM Mountain Campus within the next two years. Earning my degree from Missoula College was the best thing I could have done to be a better provider for my family." - Jessica Peterson
Missoula College’s Accounting Technology Program secured the first state-wide registered apprenticeship in the finance category (April 2017). The apprenticeship is in partnership with the Montana Department of Labor & Industry. The initiative, received support from a $1.3 million US DOL Apprenticeship MT Expansion Grant to develop apprenticeships in six industries, including finance.
To learn more, check out the Accounting Technology Apprenticeship brochure to the left, or contact Lisa Swallow.