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Why Choose Accounting at CLC?

Recently, graduates have been hired by Mills Automotive, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

Strong internship program gets students experience helping them secure careers after graduation. Norson, Essiantia Health, Brainerd Family YMCA, RREA

Curriculum prepares you for accounting certification opportunities. Certified bookkeeping exam, certified professional payroll.

The accounting program provides a springboard of additional coursework toward CPA Exam.

Our instructors have a passion for teaching and accounting and have a wealth of industry experience to aid the students.

Program Options
Accountant A.A.S. Degree
Accountant Diploma
Bookkeeping Certificate
About the Program

Any of the three technical accounting degrees from CLC will prepare you for a variety of accounting careers in industry, government, not-for-profit organizations, and professional services. Students within the CLC Accounting program can expect to develop critical thinking skills, the ability to apply ethical decision making and an understanding of the systematic processes of the accounting cycle used to record, report and analyze business transactions. Students will gain technical, entry level accounting skills and hands-on experience in financial and managerial accounting principles, cost, taxation, spreadsheet applications, and computerized accounting software. The Accounting AAS degree is offered as a full-time day program; if desired, up to 75% of the degree can be obtained through a combination of online and hybrid courses.

Accountants are highly employable graduates that fit a wide variety of job descriptions. There are more career opportunities in accounting today than ever before. The reason accounting may be the best route to a successful business career is because accounting has always been considered the language of business. An accounting degree is very versatile and allows graduates to pursue many different career paths. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 15.7% growth for accountants between 2010 and 2020. Businesses are being held to a higher standard of financial reporting. This has expanded the demand for accountants, financial analysts and auditors.

Kristina Ehnert
Kristina Ehnert is an Accounting Instructor at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN. Accounting courses that Kristina teaches include; Accounting Principles, Payroll Accounting, Accounting Applications, Intermediate Accounting and Cost Accounting. Being an Accounting Internship mentor and Accounting Club adviser are also part of Kristina's rewarding responsibilities. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and an MBA degree with an Accounting concentration from Keller Business School of Management. Kristina is also a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training program.

Kristina has her Certified Public Accounting license and is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the AICPA. She began her accounting career in private industry before launching her career in higher education. While working in industry she enjoyed preparing and analyzing monthly financial statements and board reports, performing revenue and cost analysis, compiling audit schedules, reconciliations and footnotes for the annual audit, calculating and examining financial leverage ratios and profitability ratios, but most of all Kristina was enthusiastic in sharing her passion for superior accounting with new accounting staff. Additionally, she taught MS Excel courses through Community Education and relished working with adult learners.

Kristina is active in her community as a director on the IDS #553 School Board, a volunteer on various school committees, a Sunday School Teacher and Vacation Bible School volunteer. In her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking, camping, golfing, gardening, and hiking. Above all else, she is a dedicated mother and wife and enjoys spending the most time with her two sons and husband.
Email Kristina for more information

Sallè Crutaire
Sallè Crutaire is an Instructor of Accounting at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, MN where she teaches the Principles courses, Intermediate Accounting, Income Tax, Computerized Accounting Software, Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit Entities and serves as an Accounting Internship mentor. She obtained both her undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA degree with an Accounting concentration from St. Cloud State University.

Sallè has been a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the state of Minnesota since November, 1982 when she was awarded the Elijah Watt Sells Certificate for High Distinction on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam. She is a member of the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and the AICPA. Sallè has practiced public accounting primarily as a tax specialist and worked as the Tax Manager for a stone manufacturer.

Over the years, Sallè's personal interests have varied from Boundary Waters canoe enthusiast to marathon runner to community theater actor to lead singer in a club band. Her devotion to her two sons and her animal companions, however, remains steadfast. Email Sallè for more information

Student Testimonials
CLC's accounting courses gave me the strong foundation I needed to reach all of my academic and professional goals.
Anne W.
2013 CLC Accounting AAS Graduate
& Accounting Specialist at Magnum Research
Graduating from the Accounting Program at CLC provided me with the essential tools I needed to go straight into the workforce. I continuously use the knowledge I gained in both my professional and personal life.

Nicole L.
2012 CLC Accounting AAS Graduate & Accountant at RREAL
The CLC Accounting program provided me with a great foundation to a fulfilling career. The environment was engaging and I was able to participate with other students inside and outside of the classroom. I joined the CLC Accounting club which gave me the opportunity to network with professionals in the field as well as the opportunity to help others in the community. During my last semester, I was notified by my instructor of an internship opportunity to work for a non-profit corporation and I did not hesitate to accept. The CLC Accounting program gave me the knowledge and confidence to exceed expectations and I was immediately hired on and am currently the head accountant there today.
After completing CLC's Accounting Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree, I would recommend CLC to anyone with an interest in accounting. I found the Instructors to be truly dedicated to sharing their passion for accounting and to helping their students succeed, throughout the program and beyond. For instance, we were provided with multiple opportunities to interact with accounting professionals from various industries and government entities, giving us a better understanding of what our chosen profession can entail and has to offer. I know that the hands on skills and knowledge I have gained from this program will be something that I will use on a daily basis in both my career and any further education that I may pursue.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Gainful Employment - Diploma

Gainful Employment - Certificate