(ABC 6 News) – The Iowa State Auditor on Monday announced a new initiative to get more young people interested in auditing.
The auditor’s office acts as a watchdog over state taxpayers’ money and ensures that government entities are spending money properly.
North Iowa Area Community College students now have a direct path to a career in the state auditor’s office. Auditor Rob Sand announced on Monday that his office will now accept graduates with two-year degrees, instead of only accepting graduates with four-year degrees.
In an average year, Sand’s office employs up to about 100 employees. In 2022, that number fell to around 85. Nationwide, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are now 17% fewer Americans working in accounting and auditing jobs compared to 2019.
“It makes no sense if we were really focused on improving efficiency and value-based decision-making, that we would take people who make such decisions and not let them work in the office. of the listener,” Sand said.
This partnership is one of many recently formed between community colleges and state governments, encouraging more people to consider associate degrees and trade schools as alternatives to college.
The goal is to alleviate nationwide labor shortages.
“How do we engage with students at a much younger age and bring them through a system that makes them well aware of these great jobs and how they can contribute and earn a living,” said Steve Schulz, president of North Iowa Area Community College.
The college’s accounting professor says the new initiative will significantly open doors for his students and mimics an industry-wide trend where private accounting firms are also opening up career opportunities for degree holders two years.