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Accounting (ACC) ...the Language of Business

The Accounting program prepares students for entry-level positions. Learning centers on the accounting equation and the accounting cycle, recording financial transactions, and preparing financial statements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:
  • Perform basic accounting tasks and business math skills to maintain accurate accounting systems in for-profit organizations.
  • Communicate with stake holders in a manner that reflects organizational culture and sensitivity to diverse customer and community needs.
  • Perform basic office functions using standard and emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrate, in a work environment, effective self-management through efficient use of time and personal commitments.
  • Participate effectively in individual and group decision making.
  • Use critical thinking skills to make decisions that reflect legal and ethical standards of the accounting profession.

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

We are committed to quality learning through the systematic assessment of our program and course learning outcomes.

Click here to view the Instructional Program Assessment Reports and Plans

What Do We Have To Offer?

No matter what career you choose, success in the workplace requires:

  • Managing money and resources intelligently
  • Applying critical thinking and communications skills
  • Maintaining high standards of professional ethics and personal integrity

By erolling in the Hawaiʻi Community College Accounting Program, students learn & develop these skills, competencies & values.

The Accounting Program offers a Certificate of Achievement in Accounting (CA) and an Associate in Applied Science degree (AAS).

Accounting Careers:

Certificate of Achievement in Accounting Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Upon satisfactory completion of 31 credits, a student earns a Certificate of Achievement and would be prepared for the following careers:

  • Accounts Receivable/Payable Clerk
  • Assistant to a full charge bookkeeper
  • Entry level clerk in public accounting
  • Property Manager Account Clerk

Upon satisfactory completion of 61 credits, a student earns an Associate in Applied Science degree and would be prepared for all the Certificate of Achievement careers as well as:

  • Bookkeeper
  • Paraprofessional in Public Accounting
  • Entry Level Loan Officer
  • QuickBooks Consultant
  • Tax Preparer
  • Small Business Office Manager
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Cost Accounting Clerk


It was a nice journey for me during my years at Hawaii Community College. Coming from a different country and having to master English as a second language did not stop me from pursuing the Accounting degree. HawCC provided guidance and the tools I needed to accomplish my academic goals. Advisors were there to motivate students. HawCC also provided the opportunity to apply my knowledge in Accounting by assisting me in acquiring a job which I enjoyed for the last 13 years. My first job after graduation was at Magoo's Auto Parts, Inc. I was initially hired as an Office Assistant and Bookkeeper, a job I fully enjoyed; after 4 years, I was promoted as Office Manager. During my 9 years as Office Manager, I had the opportunity to apply the Accounting skills and knowledge I learned from Hawaii Community College.

I am now currently employed in a position which will provide more growth for me professionally. I am also currently attending University of Hawaii at Hilo pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Accounting. I was able to transfer numerous credits from my work at HawCC to the University, thereby making it easier to pursue my objectives at the University.

Hawaii Community College is now a part of me. I am who I am today because HawCC helped me find my strengths and use them as tools to build a career path I love. HawCC molded me to be the best that I can be.

Lorena dela Cruz
James M. Yoshiyama, CPA Inc.
Hawaii CC Class of 1998


Gainful Employment Disclosure

Beginning July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

The data includes occupations, placement rates, on-time completion rates, average costs and program median loan debt.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Accounting Certificate of Achievement (CA) Program


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Contact Information
Hawaiʻi Community College
Business Education and Technology Division
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Phone: (808) 934-2550
Fax: (808) 974-7755