Senior Accounting students have a completely different schedule than most other classmates. Students in this program use the final semester of a two year program to pursue an internship experience within the local community and beyond.
Students must spend 18 weeks with their business, and perform tasks that are relevant to the needs of the company. Students are asked to focus on computer skills, accounting activities, and office professionalism in general.
Ron Kauffman, accounting instructor said, “Our students have a rare opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to hands on professional experience; and local business communities have done an excellent job of supporting these students.”
Kauffman added, “this internship provides many opportunities for students to gain real-life work experience that go way beyond what other high school students have a chance to do.”
Two examples are Xavier Williams and Nicholai Leininger. Xavier’s internship with Springfield Local Schools in the treasurers office allowed him practical experience in auditing, accounts payables and purchase orders. Nicholai’s internship is with the Educational Community Alliance Credit Union in Toledo. This credit union received funding through a grant from the Ohio Credit Union Foundation to employ him to work in loan processing and project-based ventures.
Students are part of a two year accounting program at Swanton that is funded through The Penta Career Center and the College Credit Plus option. Students in the program are receiving 12 semester hours of college credit upon graduation.