Pathways: VESL Entry Level Accounting Clerk (VELAC)

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This 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: $10-$14/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.

Questions: call 971-722-6218 or email here.
Conveniently located: Portland Community College


  • Participate in an ESOL Support Course which supports the Business and Accounting Courses as well as offers language, job preparation and internship support.
  • Earn college credit that may be applicable to the PCC Accounting Clerk Certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
  • Courses in this training are on the Oregon Eligible Training Program List under Accounting Clerk Certificate.
  • Offered in partnership with PCC ESOL and Rock Creek Business Administration Departments.

Estimated Cost Of Training:
Term 1: $722/1341 - ESOL Non-Credit/Credit option
Term 2: $969/1503 - ESOL Non-Credit/Credit option

Term 3: 559.70/1178.80 - ESOL Non-Credit/Credit option
Total: $2250/4023 - ESOL Non-Credit/Credit option

Training Cost Sheet

Note: The figures above are based on the 2011/12 PCC fee structure. They are approximations and subject to change without notice.


  • Students must possess a High School diploma or GED.
  • Complete a COMPASS placement test including Math placement -results of exam should place students into Math 60
  • OR
  • English Language Learners - complete COMPASS ESL & Math placement exams (results of the exam should place students into Level 6 ESOL or higher, & Math 60) OR prior enrollment and completion of PCC ESOL 5 or higher 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
ESOL 59 ESOL Support Course non-credit
BA131 Computers in Business 4
BA111 Introduction to Accounting 3
BA 280 (optional) Internship Participation credit/non-credit options
Total Credits (Term 1) 7
ESOL 59 ESOL Support Course non-credit
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA228 Computer Accounting Applications 3
BA 280 (optional) Internship Participation credit/non-credit options
Total Credits (Term 2) 7

What should I do next to get into the training?

For more information: call 971-722-6218 or email here.

Student Profiles

Employment Prospects

"2006 employment is estimated to be much larger than the statewide average. This occupation is expected to grow at about the statewide average. Total job openings are projected to be much higher than the statewide average."

(Source: Oregon’s Labor Market Information System)