What is the field of accounting like?

Accounting is a fairly broad field, and job responsibilities vary greatly. For example, one accountant may be involved in the design and management of an entire accounting system for a business. In large firms, accountants often specialize in areas such as payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash, inventory, purchases or sales. In smaller firms it is common to have full-charge bookkeepers handling the entire accounting functions.

Accounting professionals are often thought of as number and ledger experts. However, math and analytical skills are only part of their job. Each day they may be called upon to communicate clearly with clients, co-workers, auditors and managers. These skills, along with their familiarity of the internal operations of the business, may lead to opportunities for advancement and promotion.

What qualifications are needed?

Accounting is a demanding course of study. It is also a demanding profession. Both require a high level of concentration and the ability to work with numbers and people. Accountants must be able to analyze and interpret information, have effective verbal and writing skills, and work independently as well as in a team environment.

What job opportunities are there in accounting?

The outlook for jobs in accounting is excellent. Nationally, a shortage of accountants is expected. Locally, the job market fluctuates somewhat with the Spokane economy.

Warning! Business Transfer Students: To get your BTA you must complete ACCT&201, ACCT&202, and ACCT&203. The other three courses listed are not prerequites and do NOT replace the three required courses.

All course offerings are subject to change. The college cannot guarantee class offerings, designated times or specific instructors - as funding levels and student interest may affect whether or not an offering is available.

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Class Credits
ACCT& 201Prin of Accounting I 5.0
ACCT& 202Prin of Accounting II 5.0
ACCT& 203Prin of Accounting III 5.0


Class Credits
ACCT 103Fundamental Bookkeeping Procedures 3.0
ACCT 219Payroll and Business Taxes 5.0

Degrees and Transfer Information

Associate in Business DTA

Students should pursue an Associate in Business DTA/MRP if they are interested in transferring to a four-year college to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting, economics or another business-related field.

The Associate in Business degree program consists of liberal arts classes and includes the first few accounting courses required at four-year schools. Students interested in the transfer program should obtain the current college catalog and transfer manual from their intended institution to determine what requirements can be satisfied at SFCC. Generally, all courses transfer except those taught at four-year schools with course numbers of 300 or higher.

Contact information is listed below. Select the email link to send an email. For general program information, contact the senior secretary. The globe icon Globe Icon identifies faculty web sites. Click the globe to visit the site.

Web Faculty/Staff Phone Office Email
  Barone, Sandra; Instructor (509) 533-3885 24-314 Sandra.Barone@sfcc.spokane.edu
Economics 100 Managerial Accounting (Principles III) Economics 202 Brunner, Don; Instructor (509) 533-3689 24-317 Don.Brunner@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Franklin, Jackie; Instructor (509) 533-3696 24-316 Jackie.Franklin@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Jorgensen, Allen; Instructor (509) 533-3887 24-315 Allen.Jorgensen@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Khattry, Roshan; Instructor (509) 533-3889 24-318 Roshan.Khattry@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Laird, Eddie; Instructor (509) 533-3910 024-319 Eddie.Laird@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Niccum, Jeffery; Instructor (509) 533-3896 24-319 Jeffery.Niccum@Spokanefalls.edu
  Rehaume, Bill; Instructor (509) 533-3575 024-0108 Bill.Rehaume@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Wright, Khaliela; Instructor (509) 332-2706 718-0213 Khaliela.Wright@sfcc.spokane.edu
  Wylie, Mark; Instructor (509) 533-3695 24-217 Mark.Wylie@sfcc.spokane.edu
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Brunner, Don; Instructor

Brunner, Don; Instructor Office: 24-317

Phone: (509) 533-3689

Email: Don.Brunner@sfcc.spokane.edu

Economics 100 Managerial Accounting (Principles III) Economics 202
Courses Taught: Principles of Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Survey of Economics

I grew up in a small town and have lived in both Washington, but also Alaska for several years. My hobbies have been or are, flying, scuba diving, woodworking, and rebuilding old trucks. The reasons that I teach are because of students. I thoroughly enjoy the interaction and seeing people develop new skills or sharpen the ones they already have.

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Niccum, Jeffery; Instructor

Niccum, Jeffery; Instructor Office: 24-319

Phone: (509) 533-3896

Email: Jeffery.Niccum@Spokanefalls.edu

Born and raised in the Spokane area, I graduated from Mead High School. I obtained my A.A. in business from SFCC and transferred to E.W.U. for my B.A. in professional accounting. Later, while employed full time, I began work on my M.B.A. at E.W.U. and finished five years later. I passed the C.P.A. exam in 1989.

I worked almost eight years as corporate controller in the construction industry before going out on my own in 1992 by starting my own public accounting practice, which I continue to own and operate to this day.

I began teaching accounting here at SFCC back in 2010. Many students have appreciated my bringing real world experience into the classroom.

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