WNDE Partners Serve as Professors at Irvine Valley College
Two WNDE partners, Deana Bowden (left) and Candace Huie (below), teach part-time at Irvine Valley College (“IVC”). Deana teaches auditing, and Candace teaches business income taxation. Deana enjoys teaching at IVC, she said, because the students “have a desire to learn and want to be in class.”
Her goal, Deana said, is to prepare students for successful careers in the accounting profession. She explained, “I want students to leave IVC with a strong grasp as to the mechanics of how audits are performed so that when they go into the workplace they can start their career that much stronger.”
According to the American Institute of CPAs, there will soon be a shortage of qualified CPAs, as 75% of its membership will be eligible for retirement by 2020. The educational requirements to become a CPA have changed, and at $46 per unit for in-state residents, IVC may be a good lower-cost option for students wanting to earn an accounting degree. The new requirements include a bachelor’s degree plus 30 semester units. A master’s degree is not required. Rather, CPA applicants need to make sure that the courses they take satisfy certain subject areas.
Those who take classes at IVC do not receive a master’s degree, and they are not directly recruited by the “Big Four” accounting firms. However, according to Deana, this is just fine. WNDE has had great results with students coming from IVC and has hired seven IVC students since 2010. One of these students includes Nicole Racine, an audit junior recently hired by the firm. She said, “I was enjoying the job I had, however, I realized that for career advancement in the accounting industry my undergraduate degree was not going to assist me. I started taking classes at IVC and found the instructors to be engaging and knowledgeable.”
IVC has enhanced its accounting program in recent years, offering additional advanced accounting courses taught by California licensed CPAs with many years of experience. Classes are offered at night and on the weekend, designed to accommodate the working student.
IVC also offers students the opportunity to interact with industry leaders and professionals. WNDE partner Gregory Coleman spoke at an IVC Accounting Society meeting about recruiting etiquette. It was at this meeting that Nicole was first introduced to WNDE. Shortly thereafter, she began working for the firm as an intern and became a full-time staff member when she completed her classes.
Nicole concluded, “Classes at IVC are challenging. However, as I am now working full time at WNDE, I’m finding that I’m better prepared for my accounting career.”
For IVC admissions information, click here. Specific questions about the accounting program may be sent to Bennet Tchaikovsky, firstname.lastname@example.org.