Accounting | Western Technical College


Associate Degree

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Accountants are in demand in every business and industry. It may be a good fit for you if you are detail-oriented, like to have things organized, and have strong problem-solving skills.

Businesses rely on their accounting departments to provide a clear, concise, and accurate financial picture and use the information accountants provide to make crucial decisions. Accounting relates to all aspects of an operation, so the ability to work as part of a team is essential. Payroll, accounts payable and receivable, budgets, and financial reports are some of the responsibilities of an accountant.

The associate’s degree program is designed for both the person looking for an entry-level position in accounting and the one who already has accounting responsibilities and would like to learn more. Instruction takes place in a traditional face-to-face environment, an online format, through interactive distance learning, or a blend of the formats. The Accounting After Hours program combines evening classroom instruction and online learning. Students learn accounting software, spreadsheet applications, and relevant technology.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost


This program will cost about $10,100* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Accounting 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding11
Employed in Related Occupation8
Employed in Non-related Occupations1
Seeking Employment1
Continuing Education2
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week40
Median Hourly Wage$19.23
Hourly Wage Range$16.00-$25.60
Median Annual Salary$40,000

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Accountant, Accounting Associate, Accounting Manager, Accounting Specialist, Administrative Assistant, Corporate Accountant, Junior Accounting, Payroll Specialist

Career Opportunities

Accounting Manager
Payroll Clerk/Specialist
Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
Cost Accountant
Tax Accountant

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Process financial transactions throughout the accounting cycle
  • Analyze financial and business information to support planning and decision making
  • Perform payroll preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Perform cost accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Perform organization and/or individual tax accounting preparation, reporting, and analysis tasks
  • Identify internal controls to reduce risk

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Transfer Agreements

Franklin University
Purdue Global University
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
University of Phoenix
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Viterbo University

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.


Career Pathways

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