Division: Business, Social and Behavioral Science, and Professional/Public Service

Division Chair: Kristie deRuiter,

Department Chair: George Repic,

Department Support Staff: Diane Mena,

Department Office: Academic II, Room 2350, Phone: 845-574-4330

Why Study Bookkeeping?

The Bookkeeping Certificate is for students who want to acquire the skills necessary toward obtaining employment as an entry-level bookkeeper or office employee.

Related disciplines include Business Administration.

Degrees Offered:

Occupational Objectives:

The certificate is for students with or without previous educational experience. Upon completion of the certificate students will be prepared for entry-level employment in companies of all sizes, both public and private, in virtually all industry sectors. Students may find employment in a variety of areas including accounts payable/receivable, payroll and bookkeeping.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011, the opportunities for employment in the fields of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are projected to grow by 12 percent between 2006-2016.

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5 Top Reasons

To Study Bookkeeping at RCC:

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition, financial aid and scholarships. 
  2. CONVENIENCE: Courses are offered in classroom, online or hybrid format.
  3. FLEXIBILITY: Part-time study can accommodate work, family or other time commitments.  On campus childcare available.
  4. CAREER: Internships provide real-world experience.
  5. SUPPORT: Small class sizes, more individual attention, free tutoring.

Opportunities at Rockland Community College:

There are more than 40 student clubs with special interest and socializing opportunities.  Activities include sports, student government, and clubs like Robotics, Video Game & Anime, Chess, Computers, Art, Christian Fellowship, Environment, Haitian, Habitat for Humanity, Hillel, and Outlook, the award-winning student newspaper.

Program Goals:

The certificate provides students the opportunity to start a new career or springboard to a degree in accounting. The program instills an appreciation and awareness of the racial, ethnic and gender issues in today’s business world; enhance the student’s personal and professional development; and encourage active informed citizenship and leadership.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Develop and maintain financial accounting statements and records
  • Understand and become proficient in accounting software
  • Demonstrate proficiency using current software programs
  • Demonstrate competency in written and oral communications