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CCC payroll grads

CCC students who passed either the Certified Payroll Professional, or Fundamental Payroll Certification, were recognized at a banquet on May 12, 2018 in Flagstaff. From left to right: Sherri L. Normal Bravo, Rocio Soto Sanchez, Evelyn Kerley-Little, Paul Bearchell, Jennifer Wolosz, Melissa J. Deschenie, Irma L. Encinas and Yesenia Renteria.

Coconino Community College student Evelyn Kerley-Little said it was a grueling 10 weeks, but she made it.

And now she’s certified to handle the payroll needs of the roofing business she and her husband run.

“I do my own books,” Kerley-Little said. “So, it was more advantageous to me to have my own payroll certificate.”

Kerley-Little was among seven CCC students and their families being honored at a banquet on May 12 for successfully passing tests for Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) and Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). The banquet was held to honor the achievements of the students said Michael Casey, an accountant and instructor at CCC who taught the students the subject matter needed to pass the exam.

Six students took the exam for FPC, which does not require professional experience in the field. One student took the exam to be a CPP, which does require professional experience in the field. Additionally, the FPC certification is worth eight college credits, and the CPP certification is worth 10. 

Although the class met once a week, Kerley-Little said that the students would often get together up to three times a week – at a church, at someone’s house, in coffee shops – to master the topics to be covered in the exams.

“If it’ll work out, we’ll do it,” Kerley-Little said, smiling.

She takes care of the payroll and tax documents for her and her husband’s business – LCR Roofing. Previously, she’d done all the payroll by hand, but now, she’s gone computerized and uses current software with the help of the class, ACC 298.

The road to getting her certification started off small, then expanded later. At first, she simply wanted to take a computer class to increase her computer literacy, but her husband, Olin Little, encouraged her to continue, and her adviser suggested accounting might be a good fit.

“I thought, ‘Why not?’” She said. 

As for her experience at CCC, Kerley-Little said that she enjoyed the professors and the comradery among her classmates.

“I’m a people person, so I really enjoyed that."

At the banquet, Casey took time to remind the attendees about the sheer amount of information the students needed to master in order to pass the exams. Each student was individually recognized for the milestone they had reached.

Sherri Norman-Bravo, who has considerable experience in the payroll field, was the only student to take the CPP exam, and she thanked CCC for offering the course, which was decidedly more affordable there compared to other options she had considered. 

The CPP exam takes four hours to complete.

“I’m glad it’s over, and I never want to take it again,” Norman-Bravo said and laughed.

Other students who passed the exam were Melissa J. Deschenie, Irma L. Encinas, Yesenia Renteria, Rocia Soto Sanchez and Jennifer Wolosz. Student Paul Bearchell was recognized as Outstanding Student Advisor.

For more information about CCC and the degrees and certificates offered, visit www.coconino.edu.

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