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Calculating Success: Alum Reflects on Accelerated Accounting Program

Geoff Kaufman ’19, M’20 observed from very early on in elementary school that math was a subject he was interested in and talented at. In fact, come his junior year in high school, Kaufman exhausted the available math curriculum. 

“In high school, I was a huge fan of criminal investigation shows like CSI and NCIS,” said Kaufman. “This led me to develop an interest in career fields with analytical aspects, like forensics. However, knowing my lack of tolerance for blood, I opted into looking for more realistic career paths that favored my math interest, which led me to accounting.”

When searching for colleges, Kaufman was attracted to LVC’s 3+1 accounting/MBA program, which would allow him to obtain his bachelor’s degree in three years and his master’s degree in one year, equaling the traditional four-year plan. The program launched Kaufman’s first year, making him part of the inaugural cohort.

“The main benefit of the 3+1 program was completing all 150 credit-hours necessary for the CPA license before entering the workforce,” said Kaufman. “Being able to study without the pressures of work—besides a few months of internships—allowed me to excel in my classes and solidly progress through the course of my CPA exams.

“Having the MBA year to gauge my career opportunities, develop a rapport with different firms, and ultimately make a career decision provided the stepping stones toward a successful future in accounting,” he added.

During his time on campus, Kaufman, a commuter, made a conscious effort to get involved in the LVC community. He participated in MiniTHON, the Accounting Club, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), the latter which provides free tax preparation to people in the local area.

“Not only was VITA fulfilling, but it also helped teach me basic tax concepts and provided a simple yet firm foundation for entering more advanced tax classes and eventually completing two tax internships in my senior and MBA years,” he said.

Kaufman finished four internships among three companies, including Flagger Force, Walz Group, and Trout CPA. He connected with two of these companies through the College’s annual Accounting Night event, featuring employers throughout south-central Pennsylvania. 

In his two internships, completed at Trout CPA, he assisted in audits, procedures of cash, accounts receivables and payables, loan covenants, and eligibility requirements for benefit plans. Additionally, Kaufman completed a comprehensive internship project that allowed him to experience the process of client accounting to tax preparation fully.

Due to his excellent work, Trout CPA offered Kaufman a full-time position as an incoming staff accountant. He gratefully accepted and will start this coming fall. 

“LVC molded me into a much more refined and mature individual than I was entering college,” he said. “I credit LVC for leading me to a life and career set up for success. I hope to leverage everything I have learned from the college to continue to grow, and hopefully, guide others in the future.” 

 

-- Parker Gallagher, Marketing & Communications Student Assistant