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Computerized Accounting Technology Students Start a Business with a Mission

bookkeeping coursesUsing skills from bookkeeping courses, students at the Hamilton campus create a simulated business

You might think that learning Quickbooks™ would mean many hours of staring at a computer screen. But at the Hamilton campus of Harris School of Business, bookkeeping courses can come alive with a little extra creativity. This December, David Sorin, instructor of the Computerized Accounting Technology program, coordinated a simulated business right on the campus in order to give his students a reason to use their Quickbooks and Peachtree skills.

Seniors in the program decided to create a store within the school, and it was a store with a mission. The mission was to raise funds to support a food pantry. With this fundraising goal in mind, the seniors in the accounting class began to create a store right in their classroom. They decorated the classroom to look like a store, with signs, displays, and a checkout area. The school’s merchandise included baked items, coffee, tea, and hot pretzels. In order to attract customers, the store was open during lunch break and the afternoon classroom break. After all sales were complete, the students used Quickbooks to tally expenses, revenues, and net profits. The bottom line: it was a rousing success! Students also created a PowerPoint presentation to describe the project.

“Kudos for a job well done,” says Debi Kenney, director of education at the Hamilton campus. “Projects like these not only show how students are learning accounting skills in their bookkeeping courses, but they also show that our students have heart.”

Program provides accounting principles, bookkeeping courses, software training, and more

The Computerized Accounting Technology program offers an accelerated curriculum that prepares students with the background they need to work in accounting and bookkeeping. The curriculum focuses on important programs such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Quickbooks, Sage 50 (Peachtree), and more. With this training, students are prepared to work in a range of job positions such as:

  • Accounts payable/receivable clerk
  • Account information clerk
  • Audit clerk
  • Statement clerk
  • Payroll clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Collections clerk
  • Order clerk

Find out more about this program and other career-focused programs at the Harris School by visiting our programs page. In addition to computerized accounting technology, Harris offers medical assistant programs, medical billing training, massage therapy courses, dental assistant training and more. If you are thinking of getting career training, consider the Harris School of Business!