The Accounting program at Kapi‘olani Community College prepares students for paraprofessional accounting positions in small business, public accounting, private industry, nonprofits and governmental organizations. Students get practical, hands-on experience practicing workplace-relevant skills and techniques.
As a capstone to the accounting degree Kapi‘olani Community College offers a specially designed class that allows students to gain actual job experience while earning credits towards graduation. Alternative courses provide students with hands-on experience with workplace-relevant simulations that accurately model the demands of the workplace.
The Associate in Science, Accounting degree articulates to the University of Hawai‘i-West O‘ahu towards the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration, Accounting (effective Fall 2008).
Degree and Certificate Programs
The Kapi‘olani CC accounting program offers an associate in science (AS) degree and three certificates.
- Associate in Science - Accounting (60 credits)The associate in science (AS) degree is a 60-credit program that prepares students for paraprofessional accounting careers in private business, public and private accounting firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Students learn the fundamentals of accounting, payroll taxes, tax preparation, business, and computer software applications. As a capstone to the accounting degree, students enroll in an internship course where they gain actual job experience while earning credits towards graduation. The AS degree articulates to the University of Hawai‘i-West Oahu toward a bachelor of arts in business administration with a concentration in accounting.
- Certificate of Achievement - Accounting (30 credits)The Certificate of Achievement in Accounting at Kapi‘olani Community College prepares students for entry-level advanced clerical, junior paraprofessional, or professional accounting positions in small business, public accounting, private industry, nonprofits and governmental organizations. Students get practical, hands-on experience practicing workplace-relevant skills and techniques.
- Certificate of Competence - Payroll Preparer (15 credits)The certificate of competence (CO) is a 15-credit department certificate awarded to students who complete courses that provide specific job-related skills in payroll preparation. These skills will allow students to accurately and efficiently prepare returns for employers with simple to moderately complex payroll systems and employment tax returns.
- Certificate of Competence - Tax Preparer (15 credits)The Certificate of Competence, Tax Preparer, provides students with a set of hands-on workplace skills that employers demand. These skills will allow them to accurately and efficiently prepare tax returns for clients with simple to moderately complex returns. Successful completers should also be able to administer all or a portion of a payroll subsystem for a company and prepare required employment tax returns and other forms. Likely positions for those earning the certificate are; tax preparers, payroll clerks/payroll administrators, and related clerical/accounting jobs at CPA and bookkeeping firms, payroll service bureaus, or in business or government
Potential Careers and Employers
- Careers: Accounts Clerk, Accountant, Bookkeeper, Payroll Administrator, Payroll Clerk, and Tax Preparers
- Employers: The United States Department of Labor publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook with additional information about careers in accounting.
- Counselors/Advisors: Lori Sakaguchi, Student’s last name: A-L, 808.734.9017
- Counselors/Advisors: Cynthia Kimura, Student’s last name: M-Z, 808.734.9107
- Accounting Program Coordinator: Calvin Tan