What are the opportunities?
- 2 year Associate of Applied Science degree
- Program is focused on accounting and payroll
- Great starting point for non-traditional students
- Prepares students for entry-level positions upon completion, but also can lead to a four-year degree
- Instructors will know student’s names and learning goals
- Employment focused program that will provide skills necessary to be successful in the workforce.
- Provides a diverse base of accounting and office skills which will allow graduates to work in various office settings.
- Capstone project allows students the opportunity to have interview practice; students will leave with a resume and cover letter that is ready to be presented to potential employers.
- Classes are flexible: offered 100% online, live, hybrid, ITV, and evening.
- All Barton County Campus students prepare for employment by completing a job search project and mock interviews along with essential skills curriculum.
- Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks held more than 2.1 million jobs in 2006 and are employed in every industry.
- Occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work.
- In May 2006, the median wage and salary earnings of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks were $30,560. The middle half of the occupation earned between $24,540 and $37,780.
- Job growth is projected to be average through 2016, and job prospects should be good as a large number of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are expected to retire or transfer to other occupations.
- Clerks who can carry out a wider range of bookkeeping and accounting activities will be in greater demand than specialized clerks.
- Demand for full-charge bookkeepers is expected to increase, for example, because they do much of the work of accountants and perform a wider variety of financial transactions, from payroll to billing.
- Technological advances will continue to change the way these workers perform their daily tasks, such as using computer software programs to maintain records, but will not decrease the demand for these workers, especially in smaller establishments.
Source: Kansas Career Pipeline
Barton's Technical Accounting Specialist program provides students the foundation in accounting theory and practice for entry level positions in private enterprises, public accounting firms, and government/non-profit organizations. The Associate in Applied Science graduate will be prepared to process manual and computerized accounting records for an organization, including payroll and various clerical duties. Graduates will also have increased knowledge and skills in human relations and customer service, along with business and interpersonal communications.
This program prepares students for positions with titles such as: accounting clerk, accounts payable clerk, accounts receivable clerk, billing clerk, cash posting clerk, payroll clerk and many others.
2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide.
Associate in Applied Science
2018-2020 Technical Accounting Specialist
2018-2020 Technical Accounting Specialist (semester guide)
2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.
Associate in Applied Science
2020-2022 Technical Accounting Specialist