Accounting Assistant Students Graduate with the Best

Posted: March 27, 2014

Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) celebrated the graduation March 21 of 18 students from the Accounting Assistant Career Pathways Certificate program.

The students attended classes at MHCC’s Maywood Park Campus, 10100 N.E. Prescott St. in Portland, also the site of their graduation celebration.

Debbie Derr, MHCC president, gave the opening remarks. Featured speakers were Charlotte MacDonald, development coordinator at the Center for Intercultural Organizing, and Kate Deane, urban neighborhood development manager at Portland Development Commission.

The graduates benefited from the instructional model known as I-BEST, which stands for Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training. With I-BEST, students have two instructors for each course: a content-area instructor and an Adult Basic Skills (ABS) instructor. Students also attend an I-BEST support class to build their study skills and reinforce content-area knowledge.

This team-teaching approach combines ABS and Career and Technical Education coursework to quickly get students ready for college coursework. The program prepares students for entry-level jobs as accounting assistants and payroll clerks. Graduates have job opportunities in business and government, as well as in the manufacturing and service industries. Career coaches provide support during the certificate program and assist students with their job search as they near graduation.

Graduation Photos
Photos of the graduation are available on Facebook.

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For more information about Accounting program, please contact Harry DeWolf, MHCC Faculty Adviser,, 503-491-6025. For more information about the I-BEST instructional model, please contact Wendy Lebow, Career Coach,, 503-660-1445.

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