Credentials You Can Earn
NGTC’s diploma and degree accounting programs prepare students for success in today’s technology-driven workplace. Experienced instructors teach accounting principles and production of financial records using a variety of methods, including spreadsheets and database management systems. Students also learn to use leading desktop accounting and professional tax preparation software. Graduates are eligible for a variety of careers including bookkeeper, payroll or accounting clerk, tax preparer, or financial clerk.
Accounting classes are offered both days and evenings and are offered online or broadcast to the other campuses using the virtual classroom option, giving students more flexibility in where they attend class. Instructors will also travel between the campuses to ensure students have access for questions and advisement.
Accounting students, along with students in other related business programs such as Business Technology, Business Management, and Computer Information Systems, may participate in Phi Beta Lambda (PBL). This national organization gives students a chance to contribute to their community as well as to compete with their peers across the state and nation.
Students who choose to pursue an Accounting degree will be preparing a strong foundation for jobs such as bookkeeper, or for continuing on in a four-year program with the ultimate goal of sitting for the CPA exam. Graduates of the program receive an Accounting Associate of Applied Science Degree.
Students who choose the Accounting Diploma will learn skills for jobs such as journal entry, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other entry level accounting positions. Program graduates receive an Accounting Diploma.
NGTC‘s Accouting program offers 2 certificates for those who want to specialize in a particular area or to refresh the skills they may already have:
- Office Accounting Specialist Certificate
- Payroll Accounting Specialist Certificate
Individuals who graduate from NGTC’s Accounting program can hit the ground running if they choose to become:
- Payroll Clerk
- Accounting Clerk
- Tax Preparer
- Financial Clerk
Graduates of the Accounting program may work in a variety of fields including:
- Tax Accountant Offices
- Hospital Administrative Offices
- Doctor Offices
- Architectural Offices
There are many employment fields that require skills similar those required to be an accounting clerk, such as:
- Bill Collector
- Information Clerk
- Cost Estimator
Meet the Faculty
With nine years in public practice at firms such as KPMG in Washington DC, as well as several years teaching experience at places such as Edgecombe Community College in North Carolina, Dustin Emhart joined the faculty as a full-time Accounting Instructor based on the college’s Blairsville Campus in 2011. Mr. Emhart’s career has taken him through many states including North Carolina, Texas, Indiana, Washington DC, and finally Georgia. In DC, he was involved in an audit of the Department of Treasury and Homeland Security. Mr. Emhart attended North Carolina State University, achieving both a BS in Accounting and a Master of Accounting. He maintains Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credentials in Georgia, and he is a QuickBooks Online Certified ProAdvisor. Mr. Emhart serves as an advisor to the college’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, and he completed the 2017 Georgia Master Teacher Experience.
Tim Green joined the college in 1998 bringing five years of occupational experience to the classroom. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration with Minor in Accounting, Piedmont College and an M.B.A. in Accounting from Brenau University. Mr. Green is also a Certified Microsoft Office User Specialist – Excel and Word. Mr. Green also serves as an advisor to the college's chapter of Phi Beta Lambda, serves on the state board of Phi Beta Lambda, and completed the 2014 Georgia Master Teacher Experience.