Accounting & Finance

Associate in Applied Science
Accounting & Finance Diploma
General Accounting Certificate
Finance Certificate
Computerized Accounting Certificate


Dr. Star Brown
Department Head,
Public Services

(828) 448-6059
Carr Hall [map]

Tonya Coates

(828) 448-6058
Carr Hall [map]

A Career That Adds Up to Success!

Photo of a man using a calculator and financial charts and spreadsheetsWPCC’s Accounting & Finance program prepares you for careers in the fast-paced business world in the areas of accounting and finance. You will develop skills in gathering, analyzing, and reporting financial data.

Courses include accounting, finance, business law, management, economics, and taxation. You will also use a variety of computer applications to study financial data and develop related reports. In addition, you will study federal and state tax laws to learn how to prepare different types of tax returns.

So where can I work?

If you graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree, Diploma, or a Certificate in Accounting & Finance at WPCC, you will be prepared entry-level positions in

  • accounting firms
  • small businesses
  • manufacturing firms
  • banks
  • hospitals,
  • school systems
  • governmental agencies


Statistics from ONET Online suggest that the salary (median to high) range for associate degree positions in North Carolina is from $30,000 to $40,000 per year.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

Each spring, students in the ACC 227 – Practices in Accounting course participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This experience provides a vital service to our local community, while also allowing our students the chance to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the field. As part of this capstone accounting course, faculty member, Tonya Coates, coordinates the VITA program to provide free tax preparation services for low income individuals and families within Burke county and surrounding communities. Earlier in the program of study, students receive training on tax preparation software during the ACC 129 – Individual Income Taxes course. Mrs. Coates schedules appointments for taxpayers by phone and the students prepare the returns in a live, real-world setting. All tax returns are quality reviewed by program faculty members to ensure accuracy prior to the final electronic submission. The WPCC VITA site has a long-standing reputation for excellence by consistently receiving high marks during yearly IRS audits.

In an effort to offer this valuable service to all in our community, students in the Accounting and Interpreter Education programs now work together to provide tax preparation and interpreting services to assist taxpayers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Due to this collaboration, students within both academic programs are exposed to the diverse composition of our local community, while also learning the importance of teamwork and giving back to the community. Students have an opportunity to practice and hone the skills acquired in their respective disciplines, while also serving a vital need in our community. Mrs. Coates has also initiated the possibility of offering child care assistance for taxpayers in the future through a partnership with the Early Childhood Education program.

What You Will Study

The Accounting & Finance program at WPCC offers you five options for study:

Associate in Applied Science Degree

WPCC’s two-year program has 67 hours of coursework in a variety of accounting, business and finance topics. It offers you the most options for potential careers.

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Accounting & Finance Diploma

WPCC offers a one-year introductory diploma program that introduces the basic principles and skills used in accounting, preparing you for an accounting career.

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General Accounting Certificate

The Certificate in General Accounting at WPCC covers basic accounting principles, taxes, and spreadsheets. It is designed to help you better understand bookkeeping and financial data.

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Finance Certificate

The Finance Certificate at WPCC focuses on an introduction to financial management strategies and techniques for both personal and business applications.


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Computerized Accounting Certificate

WPCC‘s Computerized Accounting Certificate focuses on software applications and how to apply accounting principles through them. It is for both those new to accounting and those who wish to upgrade their skills.

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