CVCC Graduate Wesley Slate Passes CPA Exam

Wes SlateCatawba Valley Community College graduate Wesley Slate recently passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

The Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam tests the primary understanding and the ability to apply authoritative literature in areas such as auditing and accounting standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, the Internal Revenue Code, as well as general business theory and applications. 

Passing the exam is a rigorous process that generally spans anywhere from six months to a year and a half.  Few people initially pass all four sections successfully.  Slate passed each section on the first attempt, a feat fewer than 20 percent of applicants accomplish.

Slate earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management at Western Carolina University. After deciding to pursue the Certified Public Accountant License, he attended an information session with CVCC’s Dean of the School of Business, Industry & Technology Gary Muller.  Muller strongly encouraged Slate to pursue an accounting certificate at CVCC. 

Slate found CVCC to be an economically feasible option with the quality of instruction necessary to meet the educational requirements to sit and pass the CPA exam.

To become a licensed CPA in North Carolina, candidates must earn 150 hours of college credit of which 30 must be credits in an accounting-focused curriculum.  Because Slate’s prior degree was not accounting specific he needed to complete the 30 credit-hour requirement.

CVCC offers 30 credit hours specifically in accounting courses, which enables students like Slate, who have non-accounting degrees, or even those lacking a few accounting or business credit hours, to complete the necessary educational requirements to become a licensed CPA.

The tuition for a North Carolina community college course is much more affordable than that of a four-year institution.  This allowed Slate to meet the educational requirements for the CPA license at a reasonable cost.

CVCC’s School of Business, Industry & Technology is proud to offer Slate and other candidates the opportunity to become a licensed CPA.

Slate started his career at Robert Pegg, CPA, a Hickory tax preparation and accounting firm that specializes in small business and estate work.  He plans to continue his education in pursuit of an advanced degree as well as maintain employment within the profession of accountancy.

For more information about the accounting certificate and preparation for the CPA exam at CVCC, contact accounting faculty member Christy Land, 828-327-7000, ext. 4308,

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