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Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

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Monday - Friday: 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
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Accounting Assistant

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 311011

Overview

The Accounting Assistant technical diploma program at Madison College provides you with the skills and confidence necessary to perform entry-level bookkeeping and accounting work for local employers.

As an accounting assistant, you can work in a small business and be responsible for all aspects of bookkeeping or work in a larger firm under the supervision of an accountant and specialize in a certain area.

Program Details

Students in the Accounting Assistant program can attend full or part time.

Accounting Assistant classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses: 

  • Madison - Truax
  • Fort Atkinson 
  • Portage 
  • Reedsburg
  • Watertown 

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered online and many in person.
Admission

To Apply

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

Outcomes

After completing the Accounting Assistant program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  1. Understand types of business organizations and their internal control structures.
  2. Analyze and record financial transactions in a manual and computerized general ledger system.
  3. Prepare financial statements according to generally accepted accounting principles.
  4. Utilize current income tax resources to prepare personal income tax returns.
  5. Process payroll transactions in accordance with current payroll reporting requirements.
  6. Complete accounting cycle tasks using general ledger accounting software.
Careers

Earning your Accounting Assistant diploma at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as: 

  • Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
  • Billing Clerk
  • Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk
  • Inventory Control Clerk
  • Office Assistant


With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeping Supervisor
  • Office Manager

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    31
    Tuition
    $4160.20
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $441.50
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $4601.70
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 25 14 20
    Number of Surveys Sent 25 14 20
    Number of Surveys Returned 22 11 18
    Percent of Surveys Returned 88.00% 78.60% 90.00%
    Available for Employment 19 9 15
    Percent Available for Employment 95.00% 100.00% 93.80%
    Not in Labor Market 3 2 3
    Percent Not in Labor Market 15.00% 22.20% 18.80%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 16 9 14
    Percent of Graduates Employed 84.20% 100.00% 93.30%
    Employed in Related Occupation 9 5 9
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 56.30% 55.60% 64.30%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 7 4 5
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 43.80% 44.40% 35.70%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 3 0 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 15.80% 0.00% 6.70%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.1 3.2
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 20 9 16
    Very Satisfied 8 3 3
    Percent Very Satisfied 40.00% 33.30% 18.80%
    Satisfied 11 5 13
    Percent Satisfied 55.00% 55.60% 81.30%
    Unsatisfied 1 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 5.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 1 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 11.10% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 22 11 18
    Preparation for Getting a Job 7 2 9
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 31.80% 18.20% 50.00%
    Career Change 9 1 4
    Percent Career Change 40.90% 9.10% 22.20%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 3 4 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 13.60% 36.40% 5.60%
    Preparation for Further Education 3 2 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 13.60% 18.20% 11.10%
    Personal Interest 0 2 2
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 18.20% 11.10%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 16 9 14
    Before Enrollment 5 5 6
    Percent Before Enrollment 31.30% 55.60% 42.90%
    While Attending the College 4 2 5
    Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 22.20% 35.70%
    After Training at the College 7 2 3
    Percent After Training at the College 43.80% 22.20% 21.40%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 16 9 14
    In College District 14 7 13
    Percent In College District 87.50% 77.80% 92.90%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 2 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 12.50% 22.20% 7.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 8 4 8
    Average Monthly Wage $2,524 $3,210 $3,060
    Average Hourly Wage $14.68 $18.66 $17.79
    Average Work Hours per Week 40 41.3 40
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1
    Average Hourly Wage $13.72 $8.45
    Average Work Hours per Week 15 30
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 44 114
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 15 65
    Total Jobs 59 179
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Baraboo National Bank Teller/Customer Service Representative Baraboo
    BMO Harris Bank Auto Accounts Representative
    Erdman Holdings Inc Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
    H & R Block Tax Associate Oconomowoc
    Madison Gas & Electric Customer Operations Representative
    Nasco International Inc Accounts Receivable Clerk Fort Atkinson
    Options in Community Living Accounting Assistant
    Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau Accounting Assistant Wisconsin Dells
    Zimbrick Inc Accounts Payable Clerk

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu