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New accounting courses at William Jessup headed by Folsom resident

By: Staff report
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William Jessup University is offering new accounting courses in Federal Tax and Cost Accounting this semester.

The 15-unit concentration is part of the new accounting courses for business majors at the university. Additional courses in this exciting field will continue to be offered each semester at the growing university. Heading up the new concentration is the university’s business and accounting professor, Manuel Salazar, PhD.

Salazar, a resident of Folsom, joined Jessup in 2011 after teaching at Grand Canyon University’s Ken Blanchard College of Business. There he served as an adjunct business professor and taught graduate and undergraduate college courses in financial, managerial, and tax accounting, as well as corporate finance and government budgeting-financial management.

“The field of accounting provides tremendous opportunities in all aspects of business. In the program, students will not only learn skills like how to prepare financial statements and tax returns, but will also develop capital budgets and strategic plans,” Salazar said. “We expect that many of our graduates will be employed as early as their semester prior to graduation. … Believe it or not, for taxpayers filing the 1040 long form, 91 percent used a certified public accountant (CPA) or professional tax practitioner to file their tax forms last year. This is just one reason why this is such a highly desirable and employable field.”

During the university’s month-long winter break, Salazar went to serve in the country of El Salvador. There he conducted evaluations and provided training at a pre-kindergarten through ninth grade private Christian school in a town called Cojutepeque, situated about an hour from the capital of San Salvador.

Salazar was invited by an American missionary that now heads up the school with a faculty and staff of 21 and a student population of over 200.

Salazar put his experience and unique skill set (a senior financial accounting officer in business and experience as a private school administrator), to work. While there, he evaluated the school’s daily operational procedures, financial policies, budgeting practices, capital project plans, facilities, and their overall accounting systems. He then helped administration with a framework for a five year comprehensive strategic plan.

Salazar also shared with the staff the most recent research of student learning and implementation strategies to help teachers use more effective methods and techniques to maximize student interest and learning.

Manuel has travelled throughout the United States assisting dozens of K-12 Christian schools with their financial and accounting needs over the past few years as a ministry to Christian educators, but this was his first international school trip.

“My time in El Salvador was a tremendous spiritual and academic experience,” he said. “The people and culture of El Salvador are incredible and the Lord is moving there in an amazing way to transform the lives of these students. I went to be a blessing to them, but they really were a great encouragement to me.”