Accounting Student Success Stories

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Fidel Vargas

Fidel came to FRCC after graduating from Fort Collins High School. He thought about becoming a nurse, but then he discovered Accounting. “I always liked working with numbers,” he says. He graduated with an A.A.S. in Accounting in May 2008 and now keeps the books, handles payroll, and runs the offices for the businesses of three of his siblings – Primos Concrete, Vargas Painting, and Vargas Cleaning. Fidel also is completing the courses to prepare for the Special Enrollment Examinations from the Internal Revenue Service. An Enrolled Agent is certified by the IRS to perform income tax preparation for individuals, corporations, estates, and trusts. He’s getting practical experience as a volunteer in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. He sees himself opening his own accounting business.

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Kenny Yeh

Kenny pursued math and physics at a four-year university, but he decided those areas weren’t what he wanted. He came to the Westminster Campus because of its convenient location, and he discovered accounting. He has since transferred to Metropolitan State University of Denver. Because his FRCC classes transferred, he is on track to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in accounting. While at FRCC, Kenny was president of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Club, and he studied business processes in Italy and networked with the student body leadership of an Italian university. “It was enjoyable and educational,” Kenny says of the study-abroad tour. He keeps his hand in international business, too, as he works for an uncle’s U.S.-based enterprise that has dealings in China.

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Sheri Kalina

Sheri is one class away from earning the Accounting certificate. She believes it will help improve her career. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in economics, and her work at the University of Colorado and previous work with a credit union requires accounting skills. “I do some basic accounting in my job,” she says. “I’d like to move toward higher skills. There are operations that require more hours of accounting.” Eventually, Sheri would like to pursue a master’s degree in accounting or business administration. What she has learned at FRCC from Philip Gay will serve her well for any graduate degree. “I like his approach to teaching,” she says. “I feel like I’m learning. It’s not boring.”