Pathways: Accounting/Bookkeeping

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This one or two term Pathway is designed for students pursuing entry-level work as accounting or bookkeeping clerks. The target wage for General Office Clerks in the Portland metropolitan area is: $11-$13/hr (Source:  Oregon's Labor Market Information System,

Students gain a theoretical knowledge base in business and accounting while learning practical skills associated with the accounting field. In addition to the course work students can complete a supervised internship which allows them the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to a real life work situation. At the conclusion of the Pathway students receive a training award and are qualified for entry-level work in a broad array of businesses and industries.

The next start date is Fall Term - September 22, 2014.
Learn more:


For more information on the next Accounting/Bookkeeping Pathway, please contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233.


  • Participate in a three-hour per week Career Planning course.
  • Through the Career Planning course, a cohort learning community is developed and supports students as they pursue employment in the accounting/bookkeeping field.
  • Earn college credit that may be applicable to the PCC Accounting Clerk Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Offered in partnership with PCC Cascade and Rock Creek Business Administration Departments.

Estimated Cost Of Training:
Term 1: $1,849.40
Term 2: $1,756.45 (optional)
Total: $3,605.85

Training Cost Sheet

Note: The figures above are based on the 2012/13 PCC fee structure. They are approximations and subject to change without notice.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Completion of a COMPASS placement exam at a PCC testing office with test scores placing into:  Writing 121, Math 60 a reading score where "No Reading" is required OR successful completion of Reading 115, Writing 115 and Math 20..
  • For information on a free workshop to prepare to take the COMPASS exam call 971-722-6218.

Course of Study

Course Number Course Name Credits
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA111 Introduction to Accounting 3
BA131 Introduction to Business Technology 4
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
WFTT23 Career Planning: This course is designed to build a learning community among students pursuing career pathways courses. Students will develop their skills as a student, intern and job seeker. A job search portfolio will be used as an organizational framework for the course. non-credit
Total Credits (Term 1) 14
CAS121  Beginning Keyboarding 3
OS131 10-Key on Calculators 1
CAS170 Beginning Excel: WIN 3
BA177  Payroll Accounting 3
BA280A Business Experience 3
Total Credits (Term 2) 13

What should I do next to get into the training?

  1. Apply for Admission to the College.
  2. Take the college placement exam workshop (optional).
  3. Take the COMPASS placement exam. You can call one of the PCC testing centers for the exam schedules.
  4. Complete the PCC online student orientation.
  5. Contact Laurie Chadwick at 971-722-6233.

Student Profiles

Employment Prospects

"2008 employment is estimated to be much larger than the regional average. Total job openings are projected to be much higher than the regional average.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers."

(Source: Oregon’s Labor Market Information System)