This month’s faculty spotlight is on Anthony Funaro, instructor for MTI College’s Business Administration program. Anthony has been with MTI for four years and has a total of 12 years teaching in higher education. Anthony has won the Instructor of the Year award from MTI College in both 2014 and 2015. With areas of expertise in both business and teaching, Anthony has quite a diverse background. Growing up in Iowa, he started his education at Iowa State University. Then he admirably became a Marine for six years, in which time he rose four ranks and eventually left as an E-5 Sergeant. He completed both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his master’s degree in organization management from the University of Phoenix. In that time, he was transferred to Maui for work and lived in Hawaii for 22 years, before moving in 2002 to California, where he currently resides.

Anthony spent much of his career working with the U.S. Postal Service in capacity-based planning. In this role he would go from post office to post office to improve operations. He also taught at the postal center, training new employees who wanted to get promoted to supervisor, and he would implement ongoing training for people working as carriers and clerks. As part of these responsibilities, one of Anthony’s main points of focus was to develop employees. “When I am a leader, I work with the employees and listen to their feedback,” he said, and explained that including employees in the process, as well as getting their feedback and opinions, respecting their skills and truly supporting them, helps them buy into the overall process. In addition, Anthony had his own lucrative property preservation company. However, when the housing market crashed, business started slowing down, eventually leading him to sell his company in 2010. Anthony, who is an incredibly upbeat, motivating and positive person, utilized this newfound time to buy an RV with his wife and travel the country. Around this time his daughter became pregnant as well, so he was able to enjoy some well-deserved family time.

After some relaxation and adventure, Anthony obtained a position at Blue Diamond Growers in its Office Services Department as an office services manager, a position he still holds today. Anthony continues to work full time throughout the day and then teaches general education and business courses at MTI at night. Teaching while working allows Anthony to stay abreast of what is happening in the business field and directly relate his experience in the classroom. When asked what a current hot topic in the business field is, with no hesitation Anthony replied, “development.” He explained further that you really have to look at people – what they have, what their hidden talents are and how you can pull those skills and talents out. Anthony is a firm believer in listening to your employees’ ideas, helping to implement them and giving them proper credit. When it is a collaborative, team effort, everyone is more likely to buy into the necessary processes. You also have to make sure your employees have the tools and resources to be successful, a theory he also applies to his students. “My passion is helping people. I love helping people,” Anthony said.

Anthony teaches general education classes and business classes as part of the Associate in Business Administration degree at MTI. His current course load includes the study of principles of management, introduction to business, economics, environmental science, small business administration, entrepreneurship, career preparation and strategic management, which is the capstone course. The career preparation course is one that is relatively new, but something Anthony is incredibly excited to teach. From his years of experience, he would notice students got to their capstone class and became uneasy and unsure about what they wanted to do, or should do next. With the career preparation course, Anthony is able to help them create resumes, understand professionalism and explore educational and job opportunities once they graduate from MTI. Whereas the capstone course is at the end of the program, the career preparation course is toward the beginning. “I want to make sure it is stressed at the front instead of the end of the program,” Anthony explained. Being a proactive instructor, Anthony wants to make sure all questions are answered before the end and that he is able to help guide his students in the best way possible.

The day of Anthony’s interview was also an MTI graduation day, an event he had been looking forward to attending all week. When asked what he is most proud of in his career, he did not mention any of his own personal successes, but instead replied, “When I see my students graduate and get their diploma. Helping students succeed and watching their faces when they graduate.” It does not take long to understand how truly passionate he is about teaching his students. Words of wisdom he wants to share with both prospective and current students would be that “you just have to have an open mind and be able to change. Technology is changing. The environment is changing.” He also explained how important diversity is. “There is a full spectrum of various people you will meet in business, and you have to be able to get along with people and communicate well.”

When Anthony does get some free time, he is active in both the Elks Club and the Italian-American Club, and has been involved in the Harley Club as well. In the past you may have found him helping communities in Maui and Puerto Rico, introducing people to computer courses. At the end of the day, he mentions what he loves the most: “I like developing people and training. I am so excited to go to graduation tonight to see students graduate.” Since his students are such an important aspect of his career and his life, what is his overall teaching philosophy? “Make them the best students they can be. Give them all of the tools to make them productive. Give them what they need to be successful.” It sounds like students will be in good hands with an instructor like Anthony.

To land a job, you have to show potential employers that you are able to meet their expectations. This means that understanding which skills are highly desired in the business world is important. Furthermore, looking at universally appreciated skills – not just industry-specific skills. Let’s take a look at some of the business skills that employers look for in candidates.

Great Verbal Communication Skills

This skill is undoubtedly one of the most highly valued skills out there. The ability to communicate well is one that enables the employee in question to speak with individuals both inside and outside of the organization. This in turn helps keep business flowing smoothly. And a smoothly running office is one that increases productivity and morale, leading to better overall efficiency.

Ability to Work in Teams/Individually

Many of today’s employees will find themselves performing a wide variety of roles. Because of this, it is important that they be able to work well in a wide variety of situations; these include understanding how to be a team player as well as working well on one’s own. The true skill is being able to perform both of these objectives well, as many individuals prefer one or the other. Being flexible helps create the kind of employee image that employers love to see, and it enables you to:

  • Work outside of your comfort zone.
  • Establish your value as a well-rounded employee.
  • Help with a wide variety of projects.

Problem-Solve and Make Decisions

These are two additional skills that the majority of employers consider to be must-haves. To run smoothly, an office must have employees that understand their roles and are able to make decisions on their own throughout the day. The ability to make smart decisions to keep business moving is an important one. Additionally, the ability to be problem-solvers is key! It is important that employees be able to solve problems and come up with solutions to common issues without interrupting their work or the work of others.

When employees are skilled in making decisions and solving problems, they are able to take control of even varied roles and responsibilities with relative ease. They become proficient in new areas more quickly because they take the initiative to conduct research and analyze their findings to determine the best possible solution. Some additional reasons to invest in problem-solving and decision-making skills include:

  • The ability to identify a problem. You might be surprised at just how difficult it can be to find the right problem that needs to be addressed. It is often not enough to find a problem that could be fixed, in other words, because there is often one specific issue that is causing the most trouble. The ability to quickly and accurately identify this is a valued skill in the workplace.
  • The ability to propose a solution. Once you find the right problem that needs to be addressed, it is time to find the right solution. This is equally as difficult, and equally as valuable as the ability to identify the problem in the first place.
  • The ability to evaluate options. There will often be a few different options that could potentially fix a problem. An employee skilled in solving problems and making decisions will be able to weigh them and pick the most efficient option available.
  • The ability to implement solutions. Finally, employees that are truly skilled in problem-solving will be able to successfully implement the solutions that they have uncovered.

As you can see, problem-solving and decision-making are skills that encompass a variety of different abilities – and they can all make a highly positive impact in the workplace. Showing them off on your resume and during an interview will in turn make you a more distinctive candidate for many jobs, thanks to your valuable insights.

Computer Competency

Finally, we come to one of the most important skills that you can possess. This is true for nearly every professional position out there, especially if you are in an industry that requires the ability to communicate between team members using a computer or computerized device, including things like tablets or smartphones. The ability to competently operate a computer is a vital skill in today’s business world.

As mentioned briefly above, there is a wide variety of computerized devices with which you might need to be familiar. The specifics of this might vary slightly depending upon the exact job in question; however, it is not a stretch to say that focusing on mastering common software suites and functions using a desktop or laptop computer could effectively make or break your resume.

Operating Systems

With the above in mind, it is a good idea to have general knowledge of operating systems. The most common operating system that is widely used in professional environments is Microsoft Windows. If you have completed any kind of education or job training, you are more than likely familiar with an operating system. You don’t need to have impeccable skills that label you an expert in Windows, but being able to operate efficiently is an important skill to have when applying for jobs in today’s competitive environment. MTI College’s business program includes an overview of the Windows operating system.

Software Suites

In addition to operating systems, applicants should be able to work efficiently with software suites. In many industries, the ability to work productively using the following suites is almost mandatory, even if the skill is not overtly stated in a job description. The Microsoft Office suite is the most popular suite used in business today, and you should consider investing in training courses or classes if you are unfamiliar with it. Having at least some familiarity with the Office suite is advised; however, the following are some of the most important applications on which to focus in business:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access

The above programs enable employees to create, edit, and refine Word documents, PDFs, presentations, and a variety of databases. All of these applications are introduced in MTI’s business programs.

Computer Security

Finally, it is a good idea to have at least a basic understanding of computer security. This helps ensure that you are able to keep your personal information as well as any work correspondence or projects secure. This includes things like understanding when and how to change your passwords, the importance of maintaining an up-to-date antivirus program, and how to identify and avoid malicious programs and phishing scams.

As you can see, there are a great many skills that are important to employers in almost any job industry. If you want to be the best candidate for a job, make sure you can demonstrate your ability to carry out the above. And if you’re not certain your skills are up to par, that’s okay! MTI College Sacramento can help you learn the skills you need to succeed.

It is increasingly more difficult to overestimate the value of a solid understanding of computer software programs in attaining success in either the field of business or accounting. These days, it’s almost impossible to find a job posting for any position in any field that doesn’t require at least a basic understanding of rudimentary software applications.

But specific to business and accounting, which computer programs are really the most valuable? If you had to narrow the possibilities down to a just a few core programs to learn, these would be the most necessary to know for success.

Microsoft Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 is the basic operating system currently used on more than half of all PCs. Because the overwhelming majority of the business world uses PCs due to their relatively low cost, durability, and ease of maintenance, it is very important to have a firm grasp of how to navigate the Windows 7 operating environment, how to correctly use programs in Windows, and what not to mess with in the background prior to moving fully into a career in either business or accounting.

Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft Office 2013 and Microsoft Office 365 are two versions of the same suite of software programs that includes such business and accounting favorites as Microsoft Word, the default word processing program used in nearly all business contexts; Microsoft Excel, the default spreadsheet creation and management program used in nearly all business contexts; Microsoft PowerPoint, the industry-standard in presentation software; and Microsoft Access, a database management software in business and accounting.

The programs in Microsoft Office are some of the most commonly used applications across all industries in the US. Knowledge and experience in their application is highly valuable to nearly all employers in business and accounting.

Intuit QuickBooks

Anyone who is serious about a career in either business or accounting would also do well to acquaint themselves with how to use Intuit’s QuickBooks programs. These programs are the standard for use in accounting and all other aspects of business account management across just about every industry.

Getting Started on Your Business or Accounting Career

If you’re hoping to pursue a career in either business or accounting, starting your journey with MTI College will give you a firm grounding in all of these programs, backed by augmented training through full access to the courses available at www.lynda.com. Get in touch with an admissions advisor now or fill out our online application, and start your journey today.

If you choose to pursue a course of study toward landing a position in accounting as a technician, you may be wondering what kind of skills you can expect to learn while in school. Accounting technicians need a wide variety of skills in order to excel in their work; among these are bookkeeping skills, spreadsheet and database management skills, general business math and computer aptitude, an understanding of accounts payable and receivable, the recording and depreciating of assets, general payroll procedures, familiarity with tax law, and auditing skills. 

Accounting Principles and Business Law

A solid course in preparation to become an account technician will include some courses in general and developed accounting principles. Students will learn general economic principles and specific accounting principles; and techniques related to accounts payable, accounts receivable, and effective bookkeeping. Students will also gain general knowledge of business ethics and business law as it pertains to the proper management of bookkeeping, and the analysis, auditing, and reporting of accounts.

Tax Accounting and Payroll Management

Classes you will take in a diploma program for accounting technicians should include extensive coursework on tax law, tax accounting, and payroll management techniques and requirements. Students may also need to take courses to augment their math and computer skills in preparation for a career as an accounting technician.

Database Management, Spreadsheet Applications, and Accounting Software

Controlling and understanding a vast amount of information effectively is at the heart of successful technical accounting work. Understanding contemporary software applications utilizing spreadsheets and effective database management are necessary to being successful working as an accounting technician.

As a student in an accounting technician program, you will most likely take courses in database management, current and emerging accounting software applications, and the building, maintenance, applicable use, and understanding of a wide variety of current spreadsheet programs.  Learn how to use Microsoft Excel, Access, as well as Intuit QuickBooks.

Starting Your Career by Attending an Accounting Technician School

As you can see, becoming an accounting technician requires a wide, diverse set of skills that you can acquire by enrolling in and completing a certified program. If you’re hoping to pursue a career as an accounting technician, start your journey today with MTI College. We offer students the opportunity to become a certified Accounting Technician in our Accounting Diploma Program, so why not apply today?

Accounting technicians, called bookkeeping clerks, accounting clerks, and auditing clerks at some companies and organizations, produce a wide variety of financial documents, depending on their specific position and the type and size of the organizations they work in.

No matter the title, accounting technicians provide vital services to the financial health of their companies, and enjoy excellent compensation and terrific job outlook throughout the country.

Responsibilities of an Accounting Technician

The specific responsibilities of an accounting technician can vary a bit from position to position, depending on the type, size, and complexity of the business. General responsibilities are relatively universal though, and include using booking software, online spreadsheets, and databases, posting financial transactions using computer software, receiving and recording monies in various forms, such as checks, cash, and vouchers.

Other responsibilities may include inputting costs and income into spreadsheets and databases using software applications, producing reports, balance sheets, and financial statements, auditing accounts, figures, postings, and reports, and reconciling discrepancies in accounts, reports, and postings. 

Qualifications for Becoming an Accounting Technician

The qualifications required to gain a position as an account technician can also vary somewhat from company to company, or organization to organization. Some employers are willing to hire account technicians with little to no formalized training and education, providing them with the tools to learn their position on the job, while others may require post-secondary education or experience.

However, the general qualifications required are somewhat similar and include basic computer skills; comfort using spreadsheets, databases, and bookkeeping software; a detail-oriented personality; some general math skills; and unquestionable integrity. Accounting technicians have important responsibilities that require efficiency, accuracy, and above all, integrity to effectively execute.

Compensation and Job Outlook

Accounting technicians typically enjoy a good standard of living, with typical compensation packages including a median salary of around thirty-five thousand per year, with additional employer-paid benefits. The employment outlook for account technicians is good, with job growth expected to keep pace with the overall economy of the United states at around eleven percent.

 If you’re hoping to pursue a career as an accounting technician, start your journey with MTI College of Sacramento today. We offer students the opportunity to become educated in the latest concepts, applications, and software making graduates highly valuable to employers. Fill out our online application or speak with an admissions counselor today!

Real-World Business Training

The business world needs many parts to function as a smooth machine. One of the key components of any organization is the business administration department. Business administrators are the muscles of an organization’s body. They do the heavy lifting that allows a workplace to function. There is a lot to know for someone who wants to follow the path into business administration. One of the best ways to learn the necessary skills of business administration is through an accredited career training program that will teach students relevant and in-demand administration skills.

Computer Skills

Computers are the backbone of the business world. There is no more valuable skill in business administration than proficiency with computers. Students who earn a Business AA degree will be very knowledgeable about many aspects of computers, including financial and organizational software to keep an accurate record of expenses, inventory, schedules, and more.

Communication Skills

The business administrator needs to be a master communicator. Business administrators have to handle communication in a huge range of situations. They will spend a lot of time communicating via phone. They will write many letters and emails, and they have to format them correctly. They also have to communicate face-to-face in the office with coworkers, management and clients.

All of these many styles of communication will be done daily by business administrators, and they must handle this communication in the most professional of manners while they are under stress. All of these skills will be learned by students during the journey of acquiring a Business AA degree.

Human Resources

Another skill students learn while earning a degree in Business Administration is the ability to manage human resources. Handling other staff members and moving them where they are needed is a management skill that many business administrators will be faced with from time-to-time. It does not come naturally to many people. This makes the human resources classes students take very valuable when they are faced with human resource decisions in the future.

Business Management

Business administrators have to be leaders to successfully coordinate a company’s resources on a daily basis, and they should have an understanding of all the different areas of business to manage the affairs of the whole. Marketing, legal affairs, accounting, and HR are all areas that Business AA degree programs train students in to make sure that graduates will be an asset to their employers.

For more information about how business degree programs can help you achieve your career goals, contact an admissions counselor at MTI College.

One of the biggest questions that college students are asked is some variation of, where will you find a job? For business and office administrators, the answer is refreshingly straightforward. Everywhere. Across all fields and all types of businesses, it is hard to find an office that does not employ or could not benefit from having an office administrator.

Office administrators are generally considered the backbone of the office. They arrange daily affairs, direct calls from clients and suppliers, and manage appointments, correspondence, and files. They are the first person employees come to with their needs, and the first person that visitors see when they arrive at the office. Although office administrators are generally concentrated in schools, hospitals, government agencies, law firms, and medical facilities, there can be a need from them in virtually any industry. Some administrators act instead as virtual assistants and work from a home office.

Career Outlook for Office Administrators

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of administrative assistants is expected to grow 12% from 2010 to 2020, adding 492,900 jobs to the market. However, each industry may have a different level of growth for these positions. For example, the need for administrative assistants in the medical field is expected to grow 41%. On the other hand, the increase in demand in the legal field is expected to grow 4% as the legal field is more stable as an industry, so growth overall is slower. Because many of the responsibilities of office administrators aren’t easily automated (communicating information to clients and coworkers, interacting with leads, etc.), there is still a strong demand for the position despite advances in technology.

Roles of an Office Administrator

Administrative assistants wear many hats in an office. They organize the affairs of an office through mail processing, office equipment ordering, and records management. They provide customer service for visitors and callers, providing them with information or directing them to the proper departments. They are also involved in a variety of support roles for the people who work in the office, often taking responsibility for event planning, travel booking, appointment scheduling, and more. In smaller offices, they may have an even greater variety of duties, taking on overflow work from other team members in research, editing, report writing, etc.

Administrative Assistant Training

Employers choose job candidates that demonstrate a variety of technical and interpersonal skills. While specific duties will vary from company to company, administrative assistant training and experience can give applicants a more competitive edge. Office administration degree programs provide thorough training in Microsoft Office, other software and computer applications (such as QuickBooks), and efficient methods for filing and record keeping. A more in-depth program will also teach core concepts related to business management, marketing, finance/accounting, human resources, and business law.

To find out more about how a career in business administration can expand your career options, contact an Admissions Counselor at MTI College.

If you have a mind for details, and a good accounting education, the sky’s the limit.

There are many different types of accounting careers in the Sacramento area, and if you have a mind for details and good accounting education, you can take advantage of them.

MTI offers a comprehensive Accounting Technician Diploma Program. This program includes classes which cover the basic theory of accounting, including keeping track of accounts payable and receivable, tax laws, payroll procedures, an understanding of assets and liabilities and several other qualifications in addition to these that ensure that the graduate is well prepared for a successful career in accounting in the Sacramento area. Along with a good education in the theory of accounting, MTI graduates also have a good grasp on several computer programs commonly used in the accounting industry.

Why choose a Career in Accounting?

There are several very good reasons to pursue a degree as an accounting technician. The accounting tech skill set will be in demand no matter what the state of the economy, so a stable, well-paying job is definitely in the cards for an accountant in California. If you have a good mind for details and natural organizational skills, a career as an Accounting Technician would suit you to the ground.

Potential Accounting Diploma Career Opportunities in Sacramento

Getting on the right path to a fulfilling accounting career in California might seem like a daunting task, but MTI College is there to help every step of the way. Since Sacramento, CA is a bustling and growing metropolis, there are no shortage of companies that need certified Accounting Technicians. A career as an accounting technician in California includes jobs which have to do with classifying and recording expenses, auditing duties, compiling reports for tax purposes and much much more. Accounting careers, because of their nature and the fact that there is so much demand for new hires, is virtually recession proof, even in today’s job market.

Why Choose MTI for your Accounting Technician Program?

Since there is such a wide variety of accounting knowledge one must have to be successful, an education in accounting is key. MTI college is dedicated to a high standard of excellence. A diploma from MTI is not just a piece of paper. It is a recommendation to employers emphasizing the fact that the graduate had excellent training, and is ready to begin their accounting career and hit the ground running. Getting an accounting education from MTI college makes sure that you are well equipped with all the diverse knowledge necessary to begin a successful career in this complex field. Employers in the Sacramento area are familiar with the caliber of student that achieves their accounting diploma from MTI college, and often, students are swept up immediately after graduation.

MTI College offers career placement programs for all of the students who graduate. Career counselors who are familiar with the Sacramento job market will do everything possible to help you land a lucrative and successful career as an accounting technician.

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