Career & Technical Education Month Spotlights Melissa Pearce
As MACC continues to celebrate National Career & Technical Education, we are proud to present another student spotlight.
This week’s Student Spotlight for February 12-18th is Melissa Pearce. Melissa is a non-traditional student returning to the classroom in order to pursue an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration with the focus on Accounting. As businesses continue to streamline, demand for professionals with a Business Administration Degree and an understanding of core business concepts is expected to increase. If you have an interest in the field of business, the Business Administration degree is your first step where you’ll receive a solid foundation of principles for today’s demanding business world. In this degree, students learn to communicate more effectively in the business environment; integrate skills from a number of disciplines including accounting, marketing, economics, business law, and management; utilize practical, modern applications of computers; and exercise critical thinking methods to identify and solve problems. Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, more workers should be needed to prepare and examine financial records.
The median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $68,150 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $42,140, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $120,910.
In May 2016, the median annual wages for accountants and auditors in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Finance and insurance $72,950
Management of companies and enterprises 70,790
Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services 68,130
Most accountants and auditors work full time. In 2016, about 1 in 5 worked more than 40 hours per week. Longer hours are typical at certain times of the year, such as at the end of the budget year or during tax season.
Name: Melissa Pearce
Program you are enrolled in at MACC: Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration (Accounting)
What did you want to be when you were a child? I wanted to become a receptionist. I wanted this because I liked the idea of helping people.
What called you to the Career & Technical Education Degree Program you are enrolled in? I liked the CTE Program that MACC has because it offers a fitting selection of career options to work towards. I was able to narrow it down to a degree in Business Administration, which could also be focused even more by choosing to emphasize in either accounting, management, or marketing. I chose to focus on accounting. It will be a great platform which I can either start a job upon completion or go even further with my education. I like having both options.
What is your greatest memory/achievement in this CTE Program? I am very proud to have been named on the President’s list at MACC.
What has been the greatest challenge in this CTE Program? Time management can be a challenge when taking online courses. I had to learn to utilize every moment to get my course work completed on time and to the best of my ability.
What advice would you give others about this CTE Program? The best advice I could give to others would be to learn to prioritize and work ahead as much as possible.
Who in this CTE Program or Related Industry (Community/Business) do you look up to as a role model/explain? I appreciate all the faculty at MACC. I have always been able to contact my instructors when I felt I needed help with anything. Their leadership is something I value and look up to.
Favorite class taken in the CTE Program you are enrolled in/explain: My favorite class that I have completed while working towards my degree has been ACC101/ACC102 (Accounting I & II) with Instructor Rockett. I have always liked to find ways to keep things planned out and organized. These classes gave me the opportunity to see that on a business level. I also enjoyed PHI152 (Intro to Ethics) with Instructor Wilburn because I found it very interesting to learn about the different ethical theories and how they can be applied in varying situations.
What would be your professional/personal motto (or quote)? “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” (Henry Ford)
I like this quote because it demonstrates the importance of believing in yourself. Sometimes our mindset is our greatest obstacle.
What is the biggest overall lesson you have learned during your educational journey? The biggest lesson I have learned is that a person is never too old to go back to school, it just requires dedication.
If you think you may be interested in one of our business administration degree programs, check out our website to see what you need to do to get started! Enrollment begins April 2nd for summer and fall classes. https://www.macc.edu/business-administration