‘Real world’ accounting lessons given to students _lowres

Photo provided by Brandi Austin -- Zachary High Accounting II students, front from left, are Ashley Marler and Herchiel Devalcourt, and back, from left, are Logan Smith and Darryl Brown. The students are using tools funded by a MERA grant.

Zachary High School’s accounting program students are using tools that teach “real world” accounting skills thanks to a $2,700 grant from the Marketing Education Retail Alliance, instructor Brandi Austin said.

She said accounting I students work with accounting simulations that improve their abilities in providing better product knowledge and follow-up procedures, Austin said.

Accounting II students work with Intuit QuickBooks learning guides, and upon completion of the program, will test to become QuickBooks 2015 Certiport Certified.

MERA was created in 2000 and is administered by the Louisiana Retailers Association. MERA grants are funded through the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and provide funds for students to complete in-depth training in their field of study.

Upon completion of the training, the students will complete a “real world” accounting simulation that addresses topics such as customer service, inventory, employee hiring, payroll and daily accounting entries.