South Suburban College
South Suburban College

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Financial data, figures, the bottom all adds up to a career in accounting! At South Suburban College, you'll study and practice accounting theory and application through various stages of the accounting cycle. We offer Associate Degree, certificate, and short-term certificate programs to give you the skills and abilities you'll need to excel in an accounting career.

This program has been articulated with some area high schools. Recent high school graduates may have earned credit in this program through high school coursework.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn in class?

You'll learn to record and analyze transactions, and prepare and analyze financial statements, payroll and taxes. You'll be introduced to specific applications of accounting, including partnership and corporate data, investments, securities and cost accounting. You'll receive hands-on experience with the computer in the accounting process, including general ledger, accounts receivable and payable, payroll, financial statements and spreadsheet applications.

The Accounting Systems-Information Management degree option provides students with a solid foundation in accounting, management information systems and management to meet the needs of today's modern corporation.

Can I start with just a few courses and work toward a degree or certificate?

Yes. South Suburban College's Accounting program is structured to help you meet your goals. You can complete a short-term certificate in as little as 10 credit hours. Additional coursework will help you work toward a Certificate and/or Associate of Applied Science or transfer Degree.

What is the employment outlook?

As a graduate of South Suburban College's two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program you will be able to gain employment in a variety of settings, including manufacturing, retail and service businesses, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. More job openings will stem from replacement needs than from job growth. Each year, numerous jobs will become available as these clerks transfer to other occupations or leave the labor work force. The large size of this occupation ensures plentiful job openings, including many opportunities for temporary and part-time work.

Entry-level accounting clerks, bookkeepers, and auditing clerks with an Associate's degree earn approximate $22,000 - $35,000.

Entry-level accounting clerks, bookkeepers, and auditing clerks with an Associate's degree earn approximate $22,000 - $35,000.

South Suburban College's Educational Guarantee

As an expression of pride, confidence and accountability in our education and work force preparation, South Suburban College guarantees the technical skill competency of all Associate of Applied Science and certificate degree graduates. If a graduate is judged by an employer to be lacking in entry-level skills, the student is entitled to up to 25 percent tuition-free credit hours of additional skill retraining.

What do current students and graduates think of the program?

"As an accounting student at South Suburban College, you'll learn more and do more than you ever expected. The small class size and personalized assistance from instructors gave me the confidence and motivation to succeed." - Chris McCabe, C.P.A. with a 1999 bachelor's degree in Accounting from Calumet College of St. Joseph's.

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For More Information

Download the Accounting Brochure

Contact the Business Programs and Computer Technology department, at (708) 596-2000 ext. 2664.

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