Accounting

Major available on Jasper Campuses or online.

About this Degree

Accountants are essential to the continued success of any business. Without adequate financial records the business could not operate. Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow thirteen percent from 2012 to 2022 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Professionals in this field will be in demand as the economy continues to grow. 

 

Accounting 5250, A.S. Career/Tech

This two-year occupational program offers you specialized training in fundamental accounting practices and also introduces you to other areas of business study. Because of the small class sizes, you will have easy access to accounting software which will be required for several courses. The VU advisory board, which consists of managers, accountants, and other business professionals from the surrounding communities, meet with faculty to ensure the curriculum offers you the education you will need in the workplace. Vincennes University places an emphasis on job placement and internship opportunites.  VU also provides a free tutoring lab to help you be a successful student and earn your degree.

An A.S. in Accounting will prepare you to:

  • Internal controls, software systems, and budgeting
  • Accounts receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Inventory control
  • Payroll administration 
  • Income tax accounting
  • Cost accounting

Course Catalog A.S. Carrier/Tech

Course Catalog Accounting Certificate

Course Catalog Defense Finance and Accounting Services Certificate

Accounting Gainful Employment Information

Banking Gainful Employment Information

Defense Financial and Accounting Gainful Employment Information

Mission Statement and Program Outcomes

Banking 5320, C.P.C.

This program would provide a credential for those individuals who are unable to complete an Associate Degree, but who need verification of training taken in the field of Banking. All FINC prefixed courses are approved by the American Institute of Banking.

Course Catalog

Gainful Deployment Disclosures

Accounting FAQ

What types of jobs are available to two-year graduate students?

  • Bookkeeping Clerks calculate and record data, produce financial statements, reports and summaries for managers, and prepare bank deposits and maintain bank account records.
  • Accounts Receivable Clerks prepare invoices, keep track of overdue accounts, post transactions, total accounts, and compute interest charges.
  • Accounts Payable Clerks reconcile billing vouchers, pay bills, monitor loans, make sure that payments are up to date, and ensure completeness and accuracy of account data.
  • Payroll Clerks ensure employees are paid properly, check time data, compute or verify appropriate tax withholding, authenticate benefit/other contributions, and verify vacation/sick time.

What skills are needed for successful employment in the accounting field?

  • Knowledge of accounting data, debits/credits, financial statements, budgets, basic tax laws, and research skills
  • Superb speaking and writing skills
  • Organized and orderly
  • Detail-oriented
  • Computer skills including knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and accounting software
  • Calculator and typing skills

What is the salary range and job outlook?
The median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $63,550 per year and $30.55 per hour in May 2012. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest ten percent earned less than $39,930, and the top ten percent earned more than $111,510.

Career data on Vincennes University graduates from the Career and Employer Relations office

Positions are available in all industries as well as local, state, and federal government with a broad array of offerings in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services. 

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow thirteen percent from 2012 to 2022. The growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, these workers will continue to be needed to prepare and examine financial records. The continued globalization of business should lead to increased demand for accounting expertise and services related to international trade and international mergers and acquisitions.  

Positions exist for temporary, part-time, and full-time employees.

Business Tutoring Lab

Jennifer Pacheco, Assistant Professor

Dr. Pacheco has 26 years of experience in business and management. She is a veteran of the United States Army and she earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Grand Canyon University. She also holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Business Studies from Dallas Baptist University. Dr. Pacheco has extensive experience leading small and large teams in the public and private sectors. “I believe in bringing experiential learning to the classroom, allowing students to learn through simulations and interactions with current business leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds and industries. My favorite part of teaching is witnessing how much my students grow and mature between their freshmen and sophomore years. I have the privilege of shaping the minds of future business leaders and I am honored to play a part in their personal and professional development.”

Jennifer Pacheco, PhD, MBA

Department Chair

812-888-5347

jpacheco@vinu.edu

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Real Life Applications In The Classroom

Vincennes University skateboard project The skateboard project is just one example of how faculty at Vincennes University have made significant efforts to improve the classroom environment through the use of real life learning projects.  These projects help to teach the course concepts as well as improve teamwork and critical thinking skills.  One student stated, “I felt like the skateboard project was a fun way to build teamwork characteristics”. 

 

 

 

 

Community Involvement

Salvation Army Project
The Vincennes University Accounting program strives not only to prepare students to enter the workplace, but also to teach them the importance of developing the community in which they live.  The students below spent the afternoon helping Vincennes Salvation Army paint and clean the food storage shelving and room. The food storage room houses the food donations for Knox County.  With the new shelves and clean facility, the Salvation Army can better serve food needs of the Vincennes Community.

Resume Building

As an accounting major, you are offered as many real-world experiences or simulations as possible to prepare for accounting-related positions upon graduation.  You will also find several internship opportunities off campus and several of our accounting majors are hired on campus as tutors in the business lab during their second year.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
You can participate in the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in your fourth semester.  On average, students complete 150 tax returns annually for university students and for residents of the Vincennes community.  Students complete IRS tax preparer certification exams and work under the review of Associate Professor Lisa Nash.

Awards for Excellence
This annual awards program recognizes Indiana career and technical education excellence. Wendy Franklin graduated with honors with an associate degree in Accounting in 2013.  A 1985 high school graduate, Franklin and her husband returned to college to better their lives while balancing responsibilities as legal guardians of their three young grandchildren. Although challenging, Franklin also found time to serve as a tutor in the accounting lab and as a member of Alpha Beta Gamma International Business Honor Society.  Prior to enrolling in VU, Franklin was the coordinator of the Gymnastics Dept. at the Vincennes YMCA from 1997-2010 and a youth development specialist with Southwest Regional Youth Village.  She also served as field service representative with Transition Resources in Vincennes.