Monday, March 31, 2008

I am considering going back to college this fall

and so I can study for Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Between 1978 and 1981, I took accounting and business courses at National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) which is one of the colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I am sending a letter and form to RIT to send transcripts to the college I am planning to attend in Columbus, Ohio.

I still have another 7 years or so left before I retire but I want to be ready. After I retire from my accounting job, I want to start a grant management consulting service, financial reporting and maybe Forensic Accounting (preventing, detecting, and investigating financial frauds). Or, I can work for CPA firms part time. I have over 27 years of accounting experiences including about 20 years in federal grants accounting and financial reporting. I understand that my experience may be counted toward the experience requirement for the CPA certificate.

I am debating to start in the summer or in the fall. It appears, according to my family's schedule, I will probably will start in the fall. This will give me time to put my act together and be ready. I have several financial resources including one from my employer's tuition reimbursement program. Employer's tuition reimbursement program is tax free up to $5,250 annually (see IRS Publication 508, Tax Benefits for Work-Related Education). I am going to apply for other financial aids even if you don't think you'll qualify, worst thing they can do me is say "NO". Anyway, I am going back to school part-time and taking night classes. If possible, sign up for online classes. I am sending a letter and form to RIT to send transcripts to the college I am planning to attend in Columbus, Ohio.

6 comments:

my life with bipolar disorder said...

All the best to you! May God guide and provide for your every need. Praying for you.

billcreswell said...

Wow - you've worked for 27 years in accounting, and now your getting a CPA?

Well, self improvement is always a good thing - Good Luck!

billcreswell said...

Wow - you've worked for 27 years in accounting, and now your getting a CPA?

Well, self improvement is always a good thing - Good Luck!

David said...

I hope you do it Jim. I have been in Marketing for 30 years and since my medical problems in Septmember, Ihave been off on disability. I have had time to think about what I want to do to make a difference. The world is our oyster man, and we should indulge it.
David

LISA EMRICH said...

Good for you!! Go for it. My sweetie is currently taking courses for CPA as well.

Karen Mayes said...

Wonderful! You are showing us that the old dogs do learn new trick ;-) I am in 40's and I don't know what I want in my life still, hee hee... I'd love to go back to college for a master degree in philosophy/religion, but I feel it is not pratical and might not help me find a good job... hmmmm....