When Tiffany Cline took a break from her fast food job to care for her grandparents, she had no plans to return to school. But after the death of her grandfather, Cline’s grandmother urged her to go back to school. The mother of two chose Haywood Community College because it was close to home and is affordable.

Unsure of what program to take but leaning toward nursing, Cline took an intro to accounting class and really liked it. “The HCC accounting program was simplified in an easy way to understand,” Cline explains. “And there are so many career avenues in the field. Even working in one plant, there are many options. Becoming a CPA is one small section of accounting.”

After finishing the degree at HCC in 2012, Cline transferred to Western Carolina University where all her credits were accepted. In just three semesters, she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Now Cline is a production planner at Giles Chemical. She puts to use the skills she learned in the classroom in many ways including working with cost and production, planning and inventory, production efficiency, scheduling and working with customer shipments.

Cline says while at HCC, she enjoyed the small class sizes and the ease of working with instructors to accommodate her schedule. “My instructors always took the time if I needed one-on-one help. Everyone on campus would always point me in the direction I needed to go for help.”

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Photo by Jessica Duque. After finishing an accounting degree at HCC in 2012, Tiffany Cline transferred to Western Carolina University where all her credits were accepted. In just three semesters, she received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Now Cline is a production planner at Giles Chemical.