Check Out the Accounting Program
Katharine Eneguess, President of White Mountains Community College
By now, we have all no doubt received our W-2s in the mail, a sure sign that April 15 isn't really all that far away. By law, employers have to provide the previous year's W-2s by January 31 of the present year. Though it is important for all taxpayers to keep these documents on file in order to properly file their tax returns, it is doubly important for college students and their parents. These documents contain information that is needed to complete financial aid and scholarship applications. Having the official documents close on hand makes filling out all those forms much easier.
You don't have to be an accountant to do your own taxes, but it does help to have some familiarity with the terms used on tax forms. At White Mountains Community College in Berlin, we offer a three-credit course as part of our Accounting Program that will more than give you that familiarity. Our course Taxation gives students a comprehensive understanding of individual tax laws and principles, with a thorough examination of gross income, adjustments to income, itemized deductions and credits.
Taxation is just one of the courses required for an Associate Degree in Accounting. For those who want to do more than prepare their own taxes and pursue a career in accounting, we offer a full-course load, from Accounting I and Introduction to Business Administration, to Managerial Finance and Accounting and Business Law. This degree program also includes an accounting internship, during which students go out and work for 45 hours in a job that involves report generation, taxation, data entry work, general accounting, or recordkeeping.
Once students have a two-year accounting degree they have the skills necessary for a wide range of positions, both in the profit and non-profit worlds, whether as an accounts receivable administrator, office manager, or administrative assistant.
Students needn't stop at an associate degree, even if personal circumstances keep them from transferring to a four-year college out of the range for easy commuting distance. Through an agreement with Franklin University in Ohio, we offer a third year of study here at White Mountains Community College, with the fourth year of study provided by Franklin University by way of online courses. This partnership allows motivated students a way to earn a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration without ever leaving the North Country. A few WMCC students have gone on to earn this bachelor degree and have been quite successful in doing so.
As with all our programs, there is a fuller description of the Accounting Program here on this website.
Also here on our website is an overview of financial aid available for students. This page has a link to the form for which students need those W-2s, the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). The application needs to be completed in order for students to qualify for all types of financial aid, from grants and loans to scholarships and work study.
As always, we look forward to hearing from you and helping you reach your education and career goals. We won't, however, help you with your taxes. You're on your own there.