Program Overview

Leeward Community College offers a 31-credit hour program in accounting for those looking to further their knowledge in the language of business. The certificate is designed to prepare students to perform entry-level accounting work in a business and assist with payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, bookkeeping, and other tasks. Students should also be able to solidify their communication, computer, and analytical skills. The entire program may be taken in an online format. The suggested schedule of courses takes students typically two semesters to complete. In the first semester students will take: College Accounting, Business Calculations, Customer Service, Personal and Public Speech, and Business Computer Systems. Completion of these courses will give students approximately half of the required 31 credit hours needed to graduate.


The second semester encompasses 16 credit hours. It requires classes such as: College Accounting II, Composition, Payroll and Hawaii GE Tax, Principles of Business, Income Tax Preparation, and Professional Employment Preparation.

Overall, this certification may assist any aspiring business student in the process towards a successful business career, as well as give students an idea of what a business major curriculum would contain.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    The University of Hawai’i System first opened as a land grant institution called the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu in 1907. By 1920, the school gained university status, changing its name to the University of Hawai’i. By the 1930s, UH began expanding its physical campus by adding other schools and awarding its first doctorate degree. World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor halted growth for a short period. However, expansion resumed in the 1950s, as the university introduced the Hilo Branch and the Asian Theater program. Throughout the twentieth century, campuses were established on the various islands, and academic programs continued to develop. The main campus in Manoa is the largest and oldest of the college campuses and is a land grant, sea grant, and space grant research facility. 

    More than 600 degree programs are offered through the University of Hawai’i, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and graduate and professional certificates. Distance learning degrees extend from certificate and bachelor’s degrees to online master’s and doctorate programs.

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