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Accounting degrees lead to career advancement
Accounting degrees lead to career advancement

Brandi Wilkinson and Arlisa Whipple thought going back to school would help in their careers, and they were right.

Working full time at Cullen Supply in Dublin with accounting duties such as payroll, accounts payable/receivable, preparing and paying sales taxes, Brandi was a busy worker and a busy mom. She decided to go to college to learn more about her duties and have a better knowledge of what she was doing and why."

“My new associate’s degree in accounting didn’t get me a promotion, but it did help me change my working hours for the better,” explains Brandi. “I now only work part time making as much money as I did working full time and have more time to spend with my daughter."

“It also allows me to start my own business filing income taxes from my home next year to make more money. Going back to school was the best decision I ever made.”

As an Accounting Technician at the VA Medical Center in Dublin, Arlisa Whipple felt blessed to have a good job, but she wanted to do more in her career. After more than 20 years since she graduated high school, Arlisa knew going back to college would be a challenge, but she was up to it.

"I enrolled at Heart of Georgia Technical College (now Oconee Fall Line Technical College) in the fall of 2007 in the Accounting Diploma," explains Whipple. "I was working full time and a single parent, so I often had to take one class a term."

"I endured many obstacles while going to school, but I was determined not to quit. When I finished my classes for the diploma, I decided to continue and earn my Accounting Associate of Applied Science Degree since it was only a few classes more."

"Going back to school and furthering my education helped me advance in my career and be promoted," said Whipple.

Wilkinson and Whipple both graduated with their Accounting Associate of Applied Science degrees in June of 2014.

While going back to school can seem challenging, there are many services and financial aid opportunities available to help students advance in their current career path or in a brand new one. To learn more, visit www.OFTC.edu or www.gacollege411.org.

Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and serves thousands of students each year in more than 100 diploma, associate degree and technical certificate of credit programs for residents of Bleckley, Dodge, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Laurens, Telfair, Warren, Washington, Wheeler, and Wilkinson Counties of Georgia at campuses conveniently located throughout OFTC’s service area.


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