Accounting

Accounting is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. Students who take Accounting I are considered CTE Participants by the NH Department of Education; those who complete Accounting II become Concentrators. Students are eligible to earn Industry-Validated Certificates or Credentials by passing Third-Party exams available to Concentrators. 

Instructor, Corey Laird:

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Mr. Laird has been teaching at MHS since 2014. He holds an in AS Business Management from Northern Essex Community College, a BS in Business Education from SNHU, and an MS in Accounting from Kaplan University. He has taught at Pinkerton and Timberlane, and was formerly a payroll manager and was deployed in the Air National Guard. He's also an adjunct instructor for Manchester Community College and SNHU. He's known since high school that he wanted to be an accounting teacher because of his high school accounting teacher! Mr. Laird is an adviser for the MHS Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter and was named FBLA Adviser of the year in 2017.

Courses:
  • Accounting I: For any student planning on enrolling in any business program two years of accounting is mandatory…why not take it in high school and get a head start? Accounting I provides strong foundational skills for the field of business and advanced accounting. Explore the language of business. Learn the accounting cycle using manual and computerized accounting systems for sole proprietorships, and partnerships. Students learn to journalize and post daily transactions, prepare financial statements and close ledgers at the end of a fiscal period. Students will prepare payroll records that include taxes and deductions. Students are assessed on chapter work, quizzes, computer problems/projects and simulations. Students are exposed to a variety of accounting software packages such as Automated Accounting, QuickBooks Accounting. This semester course is open to any student in grades 9 - 12 who is planning a career in accounting, business management, finance, marketing, banking or plans on going into business on their own.
 
  • Accounting II: Students will expand upon the knowledge of Accounting I and explore merchandising businesses organized as a corporation, and analyze the adjustments and valuations of the business. Topics include accounting for uncollectible accounts receivables, financial statements analysis, acquiring capital for growth and development, Inventory, accruals and deferrals, as well as end of fiscal period work. Students are assessed on chapter work, quizzes, computer problems/projects and simulations. Students are exposed to a variety of accounting software packages such as Automated Accounting, QuickBooks and Peachtree Accounting. This semester course is open to any student in grades 9 - 12 who is planning a career in accounting, business management, finance, marketing, banking or plans on going into business on their own.
    Running Start college credit is available through SNHU. 
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accounting I
 
  • Accounting III: In this course, students will gain an in depth understanding to the importance of accounting as the basis of successful businesses based on well informed financial decision making. Students will expand upon the foundational skills established in Accounting I and II and obtain an insight to the thriving and dynamic field of professional accounting through various real world and simulated real world experiences. The focus will be on departmentalized and corporate accounting systems which will provide an in depth understanding how those are integrated with technology and analytics skills in order to explain the business reasons behind all types of financial transactions. Students will also use Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Automated Accounting, and QuickBooks Online. This course is helpful and appropriate for all students whether their interests are personal or business related and will certainly give students a head start with their future scholastic and career goals. Students will apply their knowledge with real world activities and process journal entries for deposits, check orders, and complete monthly statements for specific CTE programs. 
    Completion of Accounting III can earn 3 college credits for Financial Accounting 2 at Southern NH University's SNHU in the High School Program.
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Accounting II

What Students are Saying...

"When taking Accounting in High School I found it difficult but rewarding in the end. Sitting in class in college I found myself ahead of those next to me, because of High School. Overall, the business department helped me excel in the college environment, and I am thankful" ~Ben Lopez, Class of 2018
 
“Accounting is the language of business, and having an understanding of accounting concepts early in one’s life can be beneficial regardless of one’s chosen career path. Accounting is used by professionals in almost every field to organize information and make smart decisions. I highly recommend this class for motivated students who enjoy problem solving. As a college level business student, taking this class in high school set me ahead of my peers and contributed to my success in the classroom and in my search for internships.” ~Maxwell Ughu, Masters of Finance student, Bentley University