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2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting Program Information

The Program

Accounting is the language of business and the East Central College Accounting program is designed to provide the foundation required for modern accounting and business professionals to excel in today’s professional environment.

The program provides many courses and several degree options for students who want to enter the field. Accounting classes are characterized by small size, use of current technology, instructors who are willing to provide assistance and a modern business lab environment in the accounting area for additional assistance.

Students also have the opportunity to network with local and regional business leaders through classroom visits, business departmentsponsored conferences and internships. ECC has also worked closely with regional universities and colleges to design a curriculum for students planning to transfer to four-year institutions.

Department of Business and Industry (636) 584-6563
Administration Phone Number Email
Richard Hudanick, Division Chair (636) 584-6635 richard.hudanick@eastcentral.edu
DeAnna Cassat, Instructor (636) 584-6638 deanna.cassat@eastcentral.edu
Lisa Hanneken, Instructor (636) 584-6562 lisa.hannaken@eastcentral.edu

Accountants, accounting assistants and bookkeepers are important to any business because of their abilities to analyze, record, organize, summarize and interpret business  information. They help companies and organizations run efficiently and effectively by keeping records accurate and ensuring that taxes and other payments are made on time.  Accountants, auditors, accounting assistants and bookkeepers work for corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, not-for-profits and governments across the globe. Advances in computer technology have greatly changed the way these professionals and paraprofessionals do their work. Recent changes in federal law, like the Sarbanes Oxley  Act, have created new opportunities in the field of accounting.

Professional Traits

Those pursuing a career in this field should:

  • Have an aptitude for math
  • Be able to analyze, compare and interpret facts and figures quickly
  • Clearly communicate the results of their work to clients and managers both verbally and in writing
  • Be good at working with people, business systems and computers
  • Have a high standard of integrity
Employment & Salary Information
The accounting profession is experiencing average growth, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By 2022, the number of positions is expected to increase by 11 percent. In May 2012, the median earnings of bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks were $35,170. Their salaries ranged from less than $21,610 (lowest 10%) to more than $54,310 (top 10%).
Managers of companies and enterprises had the highest employment rate of all management fields in May 2012. They held 388,240 positions, or 19.38% of the industry  employment, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Earnings for managers vary across the United States. Salaries are dependent upon location, employer and the level of training, experience and/or degrees these professionals have.
Transfer Options
Associate of Applied Science degrees are designed for students seeking employment immediately upon graduation. Many of the credits, particularly the general education electives earned with this program, however, are also accepted as transfer credit by four year colleges and/or universities. Please note that transferring credit is decided solely by the bachelor degree-granting institution. Students are advised to contact the four-year school of their choice regarding transferability before beginning a program and/or reviewing other AAS or AA degrees offered through East Central College.
Additional Program Information
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) 43-3031.00
Tuition & Required Fees Books & Supplies

$3135 (In-District)

$4290 (Out-of-District)