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Fleming College is the just the beginning for Business Administration – Accounting grad Hannah Preston


hannah-preston-blogHannah Preston knew she wanted to earn her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, which requires a university degree, but decided to begin her post-secondary education in college.

“Fleming College’s Accounting program presented the perfect opportunity for me to get an applied understanding of accounting and business to start my post-secondary education and career,” said Hannah, who graduated from Fleming’s Business Administration – Accounting program in 2014. “The combination of technology, small class sizes and comfortable atmosphere all contributed to my decision, as well as Fleming’s location in the Peterborough community.”

Hannah describes her experience at Fleming as positive, crediting her professors with helping her develop technical knowledge and professional skills. “The use of teams and application of theory made me leave the program confident in my knowledge and ready for the next step in my career,” said Hannah, who earned the Governor General’s Award at convocation for achieving the highest GPA of the graduating class.

Her advice to current students is to build your network and professional skills at Fleming, because participating both inside and outside of the classroom helps you get the most out of your education.

After graduating from Fleming College, Hannah used the pathways option to continue her studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), completing her Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting this year. She is now working on her Graduate Diploma in Accounting, which she will finish in August 2017; is enrolled as a CPA student; and will start a full-time job at a public accounting firm in Peterborough soon.

“Upon leaving Fleming College, I was fully equipped to enter into third-year of my Bachelor of Commerce program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) through the pathways program,” said Hannah. “Fleming provided me with a great foundation in accounting principles and an applied approach, which I could use when learning in a university setting. I was well equipped to achieve a 4.3 GPA (out of 4.3) in my undergraduate degree.”