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For students looking to a future in accounting, Cayuga offers the following degree program:

  • The Accounting A.A.S. degree provides up-to-date training in the dynamic field of accounting, preparing you either for an entry-level accounting position or for transfer to a four-year college to continue your studies toward a career as a Certified Public Accountant.


Program Learning Outcomes

Accounting A.A.S. students will:

  • Apply knowledge of the activities of business and government and of the environments in which they operate
  • Apply a basic knowledge of finance, including financial statement analysis, capital budgeting and the time value of money
  • Function effectively with an understanding of the internal structure and operations of a business
  • Demonstrate knowledge of financial accounting, including content, concepts and structure of the various statements, both for internal and external use
  • Understand the process of identifying, gathering, measuring, summarizing and analyzing financial data in business organizations, including the use of computer based information
  • Utilize knowledge of management accounting in making critical decisions
  • Ability to perform the routine activities of a small business accountant
  • Apply a basic knowledge of tax accounting and appreciate its impact on financial and managerial decision-making
  • Apply accounting knowledge to solve real-world problems
  • Continue your education at a 4-year institution


Cayuga Success Stories

“After working for a company for over sixteen years, the company decided to close their doors. At this point I decided to go back to college and enhance my skill set. I went back to college to earn my Associates Degree in the accounting field. After researching the field and speaking to several students, I was advised that the Accounting program at Cayuga Community College was outstanding. Professors are willing to go the extra mile to assist the students with questions.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Cayuga Community College and would recommend the Accounting Program to anyone seeking an Accounting Degree.”    — Melissa Carbonaro '11

“Cayuga Community College is a great two year college for those who are financially looking to start in the accounting field. Cayuga’s Accounting Program along with its great professors, Paul Shinal and Dawn Matijas, helped me prepare to transfer into a bachelor’s program. Not only did these two professors help my passion for accounting expand into new areas in business, but they also got me involved in college activities relating to accounting.”

“Cayuga Community College’s Accounting Program is an excellent place to start for those students looking to enter the accounting world. Cayuga is not only smart, affordable, and local, but they offer the experience other two year colleges cannot. Cayuga Community College offers great professors with years of experience, small classrooms, clubs, scholarships, internships, and so much more.”

“When I look back at my two years here at CCC in their Accounting Program, I realize that the accounting program wasn’t just a place where I went and sat for hours in a classroom learning about financial and managerial accounting, but a second home. The staff and students really know how to work as one here at Cayuga Community College.”    — Mark J. Brooks '10

“The accounting program at Cayuga Community College is a great program to get your degree in. When I lost my job in 2009 due to a business closing, I made the decision to change my degree to accounting and it was the best decision that I could have made. It is a tough program but the accounting field is a great field to choose for your career and there are numerous jobs available.”

“The accounting program helps prepare you for the workforce by teaching the classes that touch on all accounting basics. With that knowledge the individual can start out in a basic accounting position and work their way up the ladder. That is what I am doing and I never have a boring day at my job. It is something different every day and I get to apply my knowledge in many different situations at work. I know I can only go up from here and one day I might return to get my bachelors degree.”    — Kimberly Hart '10

“There is no other school I could have attended that could have provided the wonderfully positive experience that I enjoyed. I came to Cayuga as a non-traditional student. I was nervous and unsure in taking such a big step at my age, as I had not attended school in over 30 years. My decision to enter Cayuga’s Accounting Program put me in the care of a group of instructors whose professionalism, consideration and encouragement gave me all the self-confidence I needed to succeed. I felt that my instructors truly cared about my progress. As an adult student, I could appreciate the amount of time and attention that went into the preparation of lectures and class work. I recognized that my professors were working harder than I was. This program is designed for the success of its students. The instructors are knowledgeable, patient, compassionate and kind. I would suggest Cayuga’s accounting program to anyone who is considering a career in Accounting.”    — Linda Campbell Hetherington '09

“As a non-traditional student, I chose Cayuga Community College to pursue my accounting degree and it turned out to be the best decision I ever made. From the first accounting class to the last, the professors were there every step of the way for me. They love teaching and made me successful in the program. After graduation I was offered a full-time accounting position with a local CPA. I know this was possible through my education at Cayuga.”    — Joelle McLaughlin '08


Program Highlights

  • Balance of academic and business/accounting courses for career or transfer preparation
  • Experienced faculty, small classes, and student-centered teaching
  • Solid foundation in current professional practice
  • Assistance with study and writing skills through the Center for Academic Success
  • International study opportunities in Business Administration
  • Annual Accounting Banquet for graduating students
  • Career networking through accounting round tables, guest speaker series, and ASWA Student Night
  • Career planning and job placement assistance through Cayuga’s Career Services Office
  • Peer tutoring for Principles of Accounting I & II
  • Annual American Society of Women Accountants Student Night
  • Articulation agreement with SUNY Empire
  • Articulation agreement with Excelsior College


Service Learning for Accounting Students

The United Way of Cayuga County partners with Cayuga Community College to help run CA$H (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope), a free tax preparation service. From January through April each year, Cayuga accounting students who have completed the Federal Income Tax course are recruited by Professor Dawn Matijas to volunteer their time and prepare tax returns for low-income families in Cayuga County.

From January – April 2012, current and former CCC students volunteered their time to help prepare 811 tax returns. This resulted in 1.4 million dollars in refunds to Cayuga County residents.

A big thank you to: Nicole Fallat, Rachel Garropy, Rachel Hartman, Susanne Marshall, Suanna Morrissette, Adam Robinson, Belinda Tanner, Mark Brooks and Stephanie Reese.


Business Administration and Accounting Newsletters

Please feel free to read our recent Business Administration and Accounting newsletters:


For information, please contact:

  • Loraine Miller
    Chair, Division of Behavioral/Social Science, Business, Criminal Justice, Physical Education/Health
    (315) 255-1743 x 2416

Accounting Faculty

  • William Lovell
    Chair, Division of College Studies, Fulton Campus

    Auburn Community College — AAS, Business Administration
    SUNY Binghamton — BA, Social Science/Business
    Syracuse University — MS, Business Education

    Cayuga Community College Excellence in Teaching Award 1998-1999
    SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service 2010

  • Dawn Matijas-Czolowski

    Cayuga Community College — AAS, Accounting
    SUNY Oswego — BS, Accounting
    SUNY Oswego — MBA, Accounting Concentration
    SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome — MS, Accountancy

    Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges
    American Society of Women Accountants
    CA$H-VITA Program with United Way of Cayuga County
    NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • William Prosser

    Cayuga Community College — AS, Mathematics and Science
    SUNY Oswego — BS, Business Administration
    SUNY at Binghamton — MBA, Operations Management Concentration

    Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges

    Student Senate Award for Faculty Excellence 2006
    Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2008