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Christopher Whiteside, Executive Dean

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Diana Rochat
(714) 988-4366

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Accountant working with clients

If you think accountants are just pencil pushers, hacking away in some drab cubicle to the buzzing symphony of fluorescent lights think again. Today's accounting careers are all about managing wealth, providing dynamic corporate solutions, and performing high-level reporting and auditing responsibilities.

For businesses in Southern California and beyond, an ever-increasing reliance on technology has placed tremendous value on college-educated accounting professionals with up-to-date software skills. Beyond just bookkeeping, today's accountants are involved in critical functions like fraud auditing, reporting, consulting, and advising.

In simple terms, accountants allow businesses and individuals to evaluate profitability. Thus, there is demand for these professionals in virtually every sector. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% increase in available jobs in this field by 2026 and salaries are growing right alongside opportunities.

Contrary to the accountant stereotype, real-world professionals in this field tend to be collaborative, high-energy individuals with imagination and vision.

Accounting students are often savvy with technology and have quantitative skills with a proclivity for applying their technical skills to analyze financial issues and provide innovative solutions.

Your Future BUILT Golden West College education opens doors to a wide range of career possibilities: running your own accounting practice, working with large or small businesses, or even investigating financial crimes with the FBI!

Crunch these numbers – A career in accounting can be very financially rewarding, with the top 10 percent earning an average of $111,510 per year, depending on your level of education, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, for those just starting out in accounting, the sector is expected to grow at a pace of 13% and reach over 1.4 million jobs in 2022.

Why GWC?

The Golden West College Accounting Program offers certificates that lead to an Associate’s Degree, transfer to a four-year college or university for a Bachelor’s Degree, and provides preparation and training for careers in the public and private sectors.

Currently, the Accounting has three programs one major and two certificates:

  • Accounting Major
  • Staff Accountant Certificate of Achievement
  • IRS Enrolled Agent Certificate of Specialization

Golden West offers relevant courses such as Financial Accounting, QuickBooks, and Individual Income Taxation offered every semester,

Our faculty are drawn from industry and are currently working in their field of teaching and thus can bring in real-time relevant trends into to the classroom.

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