Techniques Magazine Techniques January 2011 : Page 58

C AREER C UR VE Bookkeeper ACCORDING tO tHE AMERICAN INStItUtE OF pROFESSIONAL BOOkkEEpERS (AIPB), today’s profes-sional bookkeeper is “part accountant, part tax whiz and part financial ana -lyst.” Bookkeepers maintain accounting records, and among their duties may be recording financial transactions that include costs and income. Some may be full-charge bookkeepers who maintain all of a company’s books, and in large orga-nizations, they may have more specialized jobs, such as accounts payable, accounts receivable or auditing. With the growing computerization of financial recordkeep -ing, most bookkeepers now need to learn how to use accounting software, spread-sheets and databases. PHOTO COURTESy OF AUTRy TECHNOLOGy CENTER SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT LOCAtED IN ENID, OkLAHOMA, AUtRY tECHNOLOGY CENtER Autry Technology Center opened in 1967 and is one of the five original vocational-technical schools in the state. Today, the school serves more than 12,000 people annually—both high school students and adults—providing a wide range of career and technical educa-tion programs. Autry offers an account-ing services program designed to prepare students for careers in modern account-ing environments. The program focuses on basic accounting cycles, analysis of financial statements, payroll preparation and introductory skills for computerized accounting systems. It is open to adults as well as high school juniors and seniors who have the required standardized test results and transcripts. A personal interview is also conducted with each high school applicant, and a Test of Adult Basic Education may be required. Instructor Lavon Holtzinger, also the Midwest regional representative for the Educator Advisory Panel of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, is the first teacher in Oklahoma to attend the Accounting Pilot and Bridge Project training. “This initiative, led by Dan Deines from Kansas State University, is gaining momentum across the nation,” says Holtzinger. “Although the soonest the program could be approved for AP status is 2012, it would be a great oppor-tunity for college-bound students to get accounting training while in high school. Many students begin college with no ac-counting in high school, and I would love to see that change.” For adults, the program is 10 months for full-day students and a 20-month program for half-day students. For high school students, it is a one-or two-year program, with the partner high school determining the number of credits earned upon successful completion of the pro-gram. In the Autry accounting services program, students get hands-on experi-ence with software such as Peachtree, QuickBooks and Quicken. Instruction includes preparation of financial state -ments, payroll, accounts payable, ac-counts receivable, billing and inventory. Upon completion of the program, stu-dents will be eligible to take the Certified Bookkeeper and Fundamental Payroll Certification exams. The Autry accounting services pro-gram is part of the Business, Financial Management and Accounting career pathway, and the career majors include financial clerk, accounts receivable clerk, accounts payable clerk, payroll 58 Techniques JANUAR Y 2011

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