The Accounting Technology (ATO) program prepares students to learn the basic accounting and finance skills necessary to pursue careers in bookkeeping, payroll, auditing, tax preparation, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Students gain hands-on experience in accounting principles, procedures and software, including the use of accounting software such as QuickBooks™. Students study computers, office systems and procedures, while skills such as communication, organization, interpersonal relations and critical thinking are also emphasized to prove agility in today's fast-paced business world.
Potential places of employment for graduates include accounting firms, retail stores, hospitals, commercial industries and other entities that need employees with basic finance and accounting skills. Graduates will also prepare and sit for an industry certification that may be useful for hiring or career advancement.
This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is preparatory for employment upon graduation from Hinds Community College. Where a transfer to a senior college or university is desired, a conference should be scheduled with a community college counselor for advisement.