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Lanier Tech Accounting students attend
CPA Day at the Gold Dome

Lanier Tech's Sails Accounting Club attended CPA Day at the Gold Dome as guests of the Georgia Society of CPAs, who hosted the event.

Students had breakfast with Rep. Emory Dunahoo who explained the process for a bill to become Georgia law, and they heard about legislative updates affecting the Accounting industry from CPA legislators, who are CPAs themselves.

Students were introduced to tax changes anticipated with the new Federal Administration and saw firsthand how tax laws are discussed at the national level.

After the morning's informative sessions, the students walked a few blocks to the Capitol, along with several hundred Georgia CPAs, to have a group picture taken with Governor Nathan Deal.

During their time at the Capitol, the students had an opportunity to meet TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, who was on her way to another event at the Capitol. Commissioner Corbin took time to shake hands with all the students.

Senator Butch Miller received the students in his office and discussed the importance of technical education in our economy, plus the need for the new Lanier Tech campus, which is being constructed in Hall County. Sen. Miller was interested in knowing which areas of Accounting each student wanted to specialize in.

During an afternoon photo session, Rep. Dunahoo introduced the students to Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who also took the time in his busy schedule to have his picture taken with the students. Cagle wanted to know what percentage of the Accounting students would go directly to work and what percentage would continue on into a four year institution. Pennie Eddy, Accounting Program Director, said about half of the Accounting students currently in the program are continuing their education upon graduation from Lanier Technical College. The Accounting Program currently has over 120 students enrolled in the 2017 Spring semester.

Lt. Gov Cagle also spoke of the importance of the new Hall Campus and of all the future students that it will serve and the businesses and industries that will benefit from Lanier Technical College's workforce development mission.

As a final discussion, Rep. Emory Donahoo showed the students a large print out that was part of the budget, and that it would be discussed and voted on in the next few days. Dunahoo explained how important the budget process was in the funding and in running of the State's government. Rep. Dunahoo commented that he carefully tracks the budget to in order to ask questions to serve his area. He invited the students to return to learn more about the budget process and to become involved in their state government.

Tax Accounting and Budget Management are courses that students take during their career in Accounting at Lanier Tech. Today, they got to see these topics in action at the "Gold Dome" and to hear from industry experts about changes affecting their profession, and to see the importance that taxation and budgeting play in the working of Georgia's State Government.

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