Everyday life can make it challenging to chase your education goals, but Northwest Technical College accounting student Theresa Thiemecke proves that it is far from impossible and may just be one of the most rewarding things you can do.
Thiemecke juggles a full-time career, cares for four kids and co-owns a stone veneer business with her husband, all while making progress toward her accounting degree at NTC. It can be hectic, but she credits the program’s online courses and flexibility of NTC accounting faculty for helping her succeed despite her busy schedule.
“I’m able to work full-time and complete my schoolwork when I have time,” she said. “I recommend that anyone with a crazy schedule like me consider taking online classes. My instructors are very helpful and will go out of their way to make sure you understand the coursework.”
Thiemecke is no stranger to the accounting field. She has spent the past six years working as a tax preparer and accountant, but decided to pursue her associate’s degree to grow her skills and chart a course toward a future bachelor’s degree and CPA certification. She hopes to own an accounting business herself one day.
NTC was an easy choice for the Bemidji native, who enjoys the challenges that come with the accounting field.
“I have always loved numbers and problem solving,” Thiemecke, who was first introduced to accounting as a child by her accountant stepfather, said. “NTC is close to home and best fits my needs as a student.”
Thiemecke thrives at NTC thanks to support from her family and NTC faculty and her own will to succeed. She made the Dean’s List in spring 2023 and is on track to graduate from NTC this coming May. She takes pride in chasing her goals, even when things get hectic.
“Seeing how much I’ve accomplished after so many people told me I was crazy to take classes on top of my busy schedule is very rewarding.”
The 60-credit degree program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to examine, analyze, interpret and correct accounting data for the purpose of preparing financial statements, budgets, forecast accounting reports, payroll reports and state and federal income tax returns. Instruction and hands-on training include principles of accounting, business law, spreadsheet concepts, cost accounting, microcomputer databases and accounting for governmental and non-profit agencies.
Amy Mathiowetz, accounting faculty