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DATE: August 14, 2001
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247

STCC to Offer New Computer Concentration in Accountancy for Fall

Southwest Tennessee Community College has added an offering within its Accountancy degree curriculum. The new program is an Associate of Applied Science degree in Accountancy - Computer Concentration. The courses have been approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents and will be implemented for the 2001 Fall Semester.

George Williams, STCC's Dean of Business, Career Studies and Technology, said the new program was developed based on the findings of a survey conducted by the College's Accounting Advisory Committee. "Our survey showed that accounting and business managers are required to hire lower level accountants in today's market with little or no accounting ability," Williams explained. "The managers have the responsibility of training the entry - level accountants to become proficient staff accountants, accounts payable receivable clerks, or assistant controllers. All of these are well-paying jobs. We contacted certified public accountants in the Memphis area, and asked them to rate our new program."

The CPAs were asked to rate the program based on the questions provided in the survey, with one the lowest  and five the highest. The new program received an overall rating of 4.2, Williams said. He added that the A.A.S. degree in Accountancy - Computer Concentration is designed to help students gain entry into the accounting department of a computerized business and/or to have the accounting educational background to eventually become the controller or assistant controller of a small - to - medium - sized business.

This new program has the primary educational objective of providing the community with accountants who are educated in Accounting theory. It is also aimed at preparing accountants to be proficient in basic Accounting software.

The Business, Career Studies and Technology curriculum at STCC has received high marks from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). In July, ACBSP's Commission on Two-Year Colleges cited STCC for having the "most diverse and timely business curriculum of the more than 200 colleges accredited" by the organization. In April, ACBSP fully accredited STCC with commendations and no recommendations for deficiencies.

For additional information about the Accountancy - Computer Concentration degree program, call the College at (901) 333-4130.

Southwest Tennessee Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.