Class of 2013 Farwell High School
Keegan graduated salutatorian of his high school class and had already earned 24 college credits from Mid through dual enrollment.
“I started in the Accounting Program at Mid in 2013-14. Ashlee Ritchie was my instructor for my first Accounting classes. I knew right away that I had chosen the right career field for myself, and Ashlee was a great mentor.
At the beginning of my second semester of my freshman year, Ashlee recommended me for a cost accounting position at Brown Machine in Beaverton. I interviewed and was offered the job. They were willing to work with my college class schedule, and the hands-on experience has been great! I have now been there for two years. I am learning about the accounting profession through direct application. Some of my duties include time cards for payroll, Accounts Payable, help with cost overview and inventory control, month-end/year-end reporting, and assistance with auditors.
I will start at Northwood this May to finish my 3+1 Accounting degree as part of the adult program, where I will take classes online and at night while I continue to work full time.
Doing the 3+1 between Mid and Northwood has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I will virtually earn my degree in four years and be nearly debt-free as a result of dual enrollment, scholarships, and the job that Mid helped me to get.”
While completing my associate degree in general studies at Mid and still undecided on a career path, my journey with accounting began during the fall of 2009. At Mid, my professors challenged and inspired me as they relayed their valuable knowledge and life experience to me all while being fun, respectful and encouraging. My professors wanted me to succeed and they did everything within their power to help me. While at Mid, I earned the opportunity to be a work study in the college’s accounting department and an intern at a public accounting firm in Mt. Pleasant.
The foundation I built at Mid helped prepare me for success at Northwood University, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my bachelor’s degree in accounting, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned my master of accounting science degree and minor in taxation. Thus far, I have passed two of the four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination and plan to complete the other two sections very soon as I move to Grand Rapids and begin my career in accounting.
Mid was where I decided I wanted to be an accountant, and I credit Mid a lot for helping me get to where I am today.
I completed my degree by utilizing the 3-in-1 agreement between Mid Michigan College and Northwood University. My experience at Mid as a non-traditional student provided me with a solid educational basis along with the confidence I needed to pursue a business degree at the university level. Saving money was a huge incentive but the benefit of smaller classroom sizes along with interaction with professors who really cared about my success was, as the MasterCard commercial states…”Priceless!”
My experience at Mid involved several accounting courses, including Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Principles of Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting I and Tax Accounting II. My courses were taken in class, online and in a hybrid format. There are benefits and flexibility to all three formats depending on your particular learning style and schedule. My professors all encouraged me to ask questions and took the time to meet with me outside of the classroom, investing personally into my education and future career.
I would absolutely recommend Mid to anyone wanting to pursue a career in the accounting profession. The education I received at the community college paired well with my experience at Northwood University and the transition was very smooth. I felt well-prepared for my senior year at Northwood and graduated at the top of my class.
My advice: take your education seriously and get to know your professors. The real-world experience and personal advice they can offer made all the difference in the world for me. They helped me establish the mental attitude I needed to be successful in my chosen profession. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, and am currently employed with a local CPA firm. I plan to sit for the CPA exam in the next six months and am looking forward to a very bright future.