Accounting Department

A little bit of accounting humor!

Here is a little humor (or not) for those of you in the accounting world!

What is an accountant?
Someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand at a price you can’t afford.

What is the definition of an introverted accountant?
Someone who stares at their shoes when talking to you.

What is the definition of an extroverted accountant?
Someone who stares at YOUR shoes when talking to you.

There are 3 types of accountant
Those who can count and those who can’t.

What’s a shy and retiring accountant?
One that’s half-a-million shy and that’s why he’s retiring.

Did you hear about the constipated CFO?
He couldn’t budget with his calculator so he had to work it out with a pencil and paper.

What do you call an accountant without a spreadsheet?

What do you call an accountant without a calculator?

What do accountants do to liven up their office party ?
Invite a Funeral Director.

How was copper wire invented?
2 accountants were arguing over a penny.

How does an accountant trash his/her hotel room?
By refusing to fill in the Guest Comment Card.

Why do accountants get excited at the weekends?
Because they can wear causal clothes to work.

How do accountants make a bold fashion statement?
Wear their dark grey socks instead of the light grey.

Accountants in demand!

Getting a degree in Accounting is a great decision for students. After you have completed your degree there are many reasons you will be pleased that you chose the accounting field.

The demand for accountants is high since every non-profit organization, government entity and business requires the skills of an accounting professional. Even when the United States has an economic down turn in the economy as in 2008, the accountant’s job is still needed and in some instances in higher demand.

Accountants are needed throughout the world and the opportunity to live overseas lures many into this line of work. On an elementary level, accounting concepts are the same; a debit is always a debit and a credit is always a credit. Hopefully, in the very near future the international accounting standards will be applied consistently in most countries.

The sky is the limit pertaining to diversity in the accounting profession. Public accountants work for firms that provide various accounting services to corporations and individuals. Governmental accountants work for the federal, state or local government sector. Internal accountants keep their employer’s financial records accurate and current while managerial accountants work with employers for budgeting, managing costs and evaluating a company’s efficiency.

If you are interested in pursuing the great field of Accounting please send one of us an email at Dakota County Technical College.

Time Management

Start the year off right by improving time management

College students, we know you are busy – really busy. Between academics, work, social activities, sports, clubs, family responsibilities and volunteering, you face endless pressure on your time. And although it is important to be well rounded and maintain a full and satisfying schedule, juggling so many commitments can often lead to burnout and fatigue.

Luckily, with a few small changes, you can start the school year off right, gain more control over your schedule and kick procrastination to the curb. And the best part? Successful time management can have a major positive impact on grades and classroom performance. In addition, students who improve their time management report less stress, better focus and improved quality of life. Check out our 7 tips for time management for college students.

What other time management tips can you offer other college students? Share them with us in the comments.

Important things to know before starting college

For those students that are new to the college demands, you may find this article helpful. The top highlights are listed below:
1.It is ok to wait after high school before beginning college.
2.Instructors may be parents BUT NOT YOUR PARENTS! Their job is to teach you.
3.Being cool in high school is one thing! Do not worry about being COOL in college!
4.Go to meetings! Learning how to meet, interact with and establish relationships with new people is one of life’s most important skills and will be important in your job.
5.Invest in your instructors. They can be much more than talking heads. Some are worth establishing a relationship with.
6. Get a job.
7. Learn how to write.
8. College loans must be paid back! Understand ahead of time what you are signing.
9. Always go to class! If you want to succeed you must be present!
10. Connect with other students.

Accounting jobs are on the increase

There is great news for accounting students!

Salaries for accountants are anticipated to rise in 2016 approximately 2.4 percent, based on a 2016 Salary Guide by the recruiting firm Accounting Principals. The article states the increase will be closer to 5 percent over the next several years due to the high need for accounting professionals – supply and demand is at work in the economy!

This release was analyzed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It reviews the data to determine the highest projected job growth in the industry. The results found among the expanding accounting jobs through 2022 are expected to be accounts payable and receivable specialists (15 percent), staff accountants (13 percent) and bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks (11 percent).

A higher starting salary results with additional skill sets. These skill sets can be in terms of IT competence paired with accounting experience, additional business understanding or a second language. Employers are gaining confidence in their rising profits and are investing it in their employees.

Welcome back students!

It is great to have you all back in the classroom!

Get ready for a great year!!

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Accounting and Higher Education

Please view the video on the latest with accountants and higher education today!

Congratulations BPA Winners!


Accounting and the Super Bowl

NFL player’s salaries are big but the gigantic winners this year – the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks – are playing in the Super Bowl today! If you ask a player they will say the Super Bowl is not about the money.
In a regular season, the new players make an annual salary of $400,000 and the oldies like Peyton Manning amass an annual salary of $15 million. Winning the Super Bowl adds an additional $92k for the winners and $46k for the losing team per player. The winning team get to leave with the infamous Super Bowl Ring worth about $5k in tangible value and $$$$ in the prestige of acquiring a Super Bowl charm.
Since I am not a football fan I watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. This year the average 30 second commercial costs $4 million!! That is a mere $133,000 per each second!! I look forward to seeing these exciting ads!
Cheers to the teams and the ads!!

So you want to be an Accountant!!

Accountants transact various financial and business-oriented duties so an organization runs efficiently and effectively. The curriculum at Dakota County Technical College AAS degree combines accounting principles with important business knowledge to give you just the type of well-rounded education employers seek. Our courses provide you with basic and intermediate accounting methods such as the manner to record and analyze financial information, analyze and process managerial accounting concepts, and comprehend various accounting software packages. For more information, please email us at