As a student at Centennial High School, Jamie Hanel took accounting classes during her sophomore, junior, and senior years. But while the setting may have been high school, the courses were actually created in partnership with Concordia University-Portland. As a result, Jamie entered Concordia with a full slate of accounting credits under her belt and an accounting degree firmly in sight.
“Taking those classes in high school helped me decide which career path to follow, before spending a ton of money on college classes. It also allowed me to earn college credits for free while still in high school.”
A program designed for career success pays off.
During her time at Concordia, Jamie has discovered several reasons to recommend Concordia’s accounting program. “The small class sizes are great,” she says. “A small class allows the professor to give more attention to each individual student.” And the professors? “The accounting professors are very supportive and genuinely interested in the goals and futures of their students. They act as mentors and give great career advice.” What about her internship? “The accounting internship shows you what the job you want is really like. I worked for Merina and Company, an accounting firm in West Linn and it was an excellent experience.”
Now a senior at Concordia, majoring in accounting with a minor in finance, Jamie has already lined up a job following graduation. “I will be working as a staff accountant at Delap, an accounting firm in Lake Oswego. Concordia has definitely prepared me for this career. The classes, the support of the professors, the staff, and the career service events have all worked to prepare me for this career.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of accountants and auditors will grow by 18% for the next several years – faster than the national average for all occupations.