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About Accounting

What is the field of accounting like?

Accounting is a fairly broad field, and job responsibilities vary greatly. For example, one accountant may be involved in the design and management of an entire accounting system for a business. In large firms, accountants often specialize in areas such as payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash, inventory, purchases or sales. In smaller firms it is common to have full-charge bookkeepers handling the entire accounting functions.

Accounting professionals are often thought of as number and ledger experts. However, math and analytical skills are only part of their job. Each day they may be called upon to communicate clearly with clients, co-workers, auditors and managers. These skills, along with their familiarity of the internal operations of the business, may lead to opportunities for advancement and promotion.

What qualifications are needed?

Accounting is a demanding course of study. It is also a demanding profession. Both require a high level of concentration and the ability to work with numbers and people. Accountants must be able to analyze and interpret information, have effective verbal and writing skills, and work independently as well as in a team environment.

What job opportunities are there in accounting?

The outlook for jobs in accounting is excellent. Nationally, a shortage of accountants is expected. Locally, the job market fluctuates somewhat with the Spokane economy.

Courses Offered

 Business Transfer Students: To get your BTA you must complete ACCT&201, ACCT&202, and ACCT&203. The other three courses listed are not prerequites and do NOT replace the three required courses.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Transfer

Class Credits
ACCT& 201Prin of Accounting I 5.0
ACCT& 202Prin of Accounting II 5.0
ACCT& 203Prin of Accounting III 5.0

Technical / Professional

Class Credits
ACCT 103Fundamental Bookkeeping Procedures 3.0
ACCT 141QuickBooks 1.0-5.0
ACCT 219Payroll and Business Taxes 5.0

Degrees and Transfer Information

Associate in Business DTA

Students should pursue an Associate in Business DTA/MRP if they are interested in transferring to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting, economics or another business-related field.

The Associate in Business degree program consists of liberal arts classes and includes the first few accounting courses required at four-year schools. Students interested in the transfer program should obtain the current college catalog and transfer manual from their intended institution to determine what requirements can be satisfied at SFCC. Generally, all courses transfer except those taught at four-year schools with course numbers of 300 or higher.

Career Guides

Faculty Index

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Web Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
Economics 100 Economics 202
Managerial Accounting (Principles III)
Brunner, Don; Instructor (509) 533-3689 24-317 Don.Brunner@spokanefalls.edu
  Cui, Lin; Instructor (509) 533-3885 24-314 Lin.Cui@spokanefalls.edu
  Franklin, Jackie; Instructor (Department Chair) (509) 533-3696 24-316 Jackie.Franklin@spokanefalls.edu
  French, Jordan; Instructor (509) 533-3910 24-319 Jordan.French@spokanefalls.edu
  Getz, Jackie; Instructor (509) 533-3897 24-314 Jackie.Getz@spokanefalls.edu
  Khattry, Roshan; Instructor (509) 533-3889 24-318 Roshan.Khattry@spokanefalls.edu
  Niccum, Jeffery; Instructor (509) 533-3896 24-319 Jeffery.Niccum@Spokanefalls.edu
  Whisler, Donald (509) 533-3887 24-315 Donald.Whisler@spokanefalls.edu
Global Issues - Political Science 125 Williams, Michael; Instructor, Accounting Economics and Business (509) 533-3113 24-343 Michael.Williams@spokanefalls.edu
  Wylie, Mark; Instructor (509) 533-3695 24-217 Mark.Wylie@spokanefalls.edu

Faculty Bios

Brunner, Don; Instructor

Brunner, Don; Instructor Office: 24-317

Phone: (509) 533-3689

Email: Don.Brunner@spokanefalls.edu

Economics 100 Economics 202
Managerial Accounting (Principles III)
Courses Taught: Principles of Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Survey of Economics

I grew up in a small town and have lived in both Washington, but also Alaska for several years. My hobbies have been or are, flying, scuba diving, woodworking, and rebuilding old trucks. The reasons that I teach are because of students. I thoroughly enjoy the interaction and seeing people develop new skills or sharpen the ones they already have.

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Franklin, Jackie; Instructor (Department Chair)

Franklin, Jackie; Instructor (Department Chair) Office: 24-316

Phone: (509) 533-3696

Email: Jackie.Franklin@spokanefalls.edu

 
Courses Taught: Principles of Accounting, Payroll and Business Taxes, QuickBooks, Excel for Accountants; Fundamentals of Bookkeeping, Peachtree.

I love to teach accounting because beginning students get very excited when it all clicks. When I was a teenager my parents started their own business and I was able to keep their accounting records. Accounting always made sense to me and I liked being able to explain the fundamentals to anyone who would listen. After working in public accounting and private industry I realized that I wanted to do something different. Teaching allows me to stay in a field I love AND share the subject with many.

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Niccum, Jeffery; Instructor

Niccum, Jeffery; Instructor Office: 24-319

Phone: (509) 533-3896

Email: Jeffery.Niccum@Spokanefalls.edu

 
Born and raised in the Spokane area, I worked in the construction industry while pursuing a degree in professional accounting from EWU. I then launched a construction business, first as a residential, then as a commercial general contractor. After several years, armed with my accounting degree, I shifted into "private industry" accounting and began working as the controller for a large local contractor. I passed the CPA exam in 1989, and began work on my MBA –; finishing in 1994. I left private industry accounting in 1992, starting my own public accounting practice from scratch, which I continue to own and operate to this day. Having been told I have a knack for explaining accounting, I responded to the need for an instructor at SFCC, and was fortunate to be given an opportunity to teach beginning in 2010 – which I enjoy very much. I look forward to working with you!

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