Student Spotlight: David Kalet
David Kalet knows exactly when he decided to become a certified public accountant.
"Shortly after completing my MBA in 2001, the Enron scandal and its subsequent bankruptcy underlined the importance of fairly reporting financial performance," he said. "The subsequent passage of the Sarbanes Oxley Act solidified my plans to become a CPA."
Kalet enrolled at College of DuPage and completed the 28 hours in Accounting coursework that he needed to help meet the requirements to sit for the CPA exam.
"Convenience of location and having a choice of attending classes on weekends and in the evenings was a major consideration in selecting COD," he said. "I liked the fact that most of the professors had practical experience in industry and with accounting firms. It was comforting to me that many of my co-students were mature, non-traditional students who, like me, were looking to augment their skills to become a CPA. And finally, the low cost of tuition convinced me that this was easily affordable.
"The staff was focused on teaching skills needed to pass the CPA exam. Many of the exam questions were based on the CPA exam bank. We were encouraged to use current employment problems as the subject for assigned projects that reinforced our understanding of the material and helped me advance my career with my current employer."
Kalet felt completely prepared to sit for the CPA exam, which he passed. Since then, his current employer, BP Products North America, encouraged him to make a career shift into accounting and finance roles. He began with an assignment in Internal Controls and worked on a project to implement Sarbanes Oxley Act requirements. He has since become an economic analyst, where he is responsible for providing assurance over economic models for major capital spending.
In addition, he started his own private tax practice (www.kaletcpa.com) to serve individual and small businesses during evenings and weekends. He is active in the Illinois CPA Society, serving on the Individual Tax Committee and currently sitting as a member of the Board of Directors.
He praises College of DuPage for providing a high-quality experience in preparing people to sit for the CPA exam.
"The CPA certification is recognized worldwide as the gold standard for accounting proficiency. The COD faculty will help you learn all the skills you need to pass the CPA exam," he said.
"COD is a community treasure that exists to serve our community. Take charge of your future by taking advantage of this life-changing opportunity."
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