By All Accounts

Faithfulness in stewardship encompasses all that God has provided, including finances. That requires men and women dedicated to the honest and accurate handling of income, expenses, taxes, and other financial tasks.

For those called by God to be accountants, they dedicate their lives to helping individuals, churches, small businesses, large corporations, and government entities navigate what can be a complex system of numbers and legal terms.

PCC’s accounting major has been preparing these men and women to be exemplary leaders and good stewards in the accounting field for several decades by providing a solid, biblical foundation in what being good stewards of God’s resources means.

Alumni from PCC’s accounting program have gone on to become auditors, bookkeepers, CFOs, CPAs, and much more. From entering directly into the business world to furthering their education at various graduate schools, PCC accounting grads are making an impact on the world of finance with each step they take. They also recognize their undergraduate education as instrumental to the work they do every day.

Molly Barbour

“The accounting program at PCC is well-rounded in that it helped me develop both the technical accounting skills and the soft skills necessary to succeed in public accounting,” said Molly Barbour (’16). At Deloitte & Touche in Boston, Molly works as a Senior Audit Assistant. Her job includes performing external audits for public companies. “A large portion of my job involves developing relationships with my clients and networking within the firm, so the liberal arts background PCC provided proved to be invaluable,” she said.

Molly also appreciates that PCC’s accounting faculty have spent years working in the field, enabling them to offer firsthand experience to their students. “Use your teachers as resources!” she advises. “From my experience, the accounting faculty is genuinely interested in seeing you succeed.”

Alex Oliveira

Alex Oliveira has been teaching accounting courses at PCC for four years. Prior to joining the ministry, he worked more than ten years as an auditor for various industries. From his experience, he has been able to give students vital firsthand knowledge in his classes and a piece of advice that they can carry throughout their career. “Manage your time! (1) God, (2) Family, (3) Career. Work hard, and God will lead your way,” he admonishes students.

Doug Freeman worked for 23 years in private accounting, culminating in a job as a CFO before coming to teach at PCC. He uses that experience in his classes to help motivate students. “For students majoring in accounting, the passion and love I have for accounting mixed with the high level of performance I require of them further develops their appetite to learn; it makes their ultimate goal of becoming an accounting professional begin to look attainable,” he said.

As students complete the undergraduate program, many decide to further their education to prepare for specialized fields or sit for the CPA Exam. To help these students succeed, PCC has developed a working relationship with the University of West Florida (UWF) which allows accounting majors the option of applying to UWF’s MAcc program with substantial advantages.

Qualifying PCC accounting students may apply to UWF’s on-campus or online MAcc program, with out-of-state tuition fees waived for online students, in addition to having scholarship opportunities.

Dr. Donna Marion

“PCC’s accounting graduates are well prepared for MAcc programs,” said Dr. Donna Marion, Dean of Professional Studies. “Many of our graduates have experienced tremendous success in their graduate programs at schools including Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Belmont University, and Wake Forest. Our accounting graduates find the transition from the B.S. accounting program to a MAcc program seamless.”

As important as accounting principles and skills are, PCC’s program emphasizes something even more essential for aspiring accountants. “At PCC we teach accounting from a biblical perspective,” Freeman explained. “A student can come to PCC and develop a firm foundation in accounting from a Christian perspective, and then can go on to further their education with graduate work at a non-Christian college.”

With the resources to succeed within reach, PCC accounting students are, by all accounts, preparing for leadership—and stewardship—in the financial world.

Published 12/4/2018

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