LSC-Kingwood Instructor and Business Veteran Helps Strengthen Non-Profits

Published on: September 11, 2009

HOUSTON (Sept. 11, 2009) – In today’s economic climate, the IRS, donors, foundations and non-profit boards expect a level of accounting detail greater than most small- to mid-sized corporations need to have.

Mike Atchison, business veteran and Lone Star College-Kingwood instructor, has experienced just about every situation in those small- to mid-sized businesses over the past 35 years and is now focused on helping non-profit organizations resolve accounting issues and strengthen their prospects for the future.

“In my work with non-profits, I have observed that there is too little understanding of the many differences between not-for-profit and standard accounting procedures,” said Atchison.

Two new intensive accounting courses taught by Atchison this fall at LSC-Kingwood will provide introductory and advanced non-profit accounting principles that are designed to help non-accountants handle day-to-day accounting details better, including specialized fund and grant accounting.

“Many smaller non-profits use part-time or volunteer staff to handle their accounting,” said Atchison. “This makes it even more important that they have a local resource such as LSC-Kingwood to turn to for specialized training.”

A 24-hour Non-Profit Accounting I course will be offered September 21-24, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. A second, 16-hour Non-Profit Accounting II course will be offered October 19-22, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Atchison was trained and spent six years as a management trouble shooter in the Bell System. After receiving his MBA from the University of Texas system, he spent five years as a business growth leader and department manager in a major international bank and then seven years in the oilfield equipment industry -- building a mini-conglomerate from startup to $35 million a year. Since then Mr. Atchison has worked independently with business owners and investors, showing them how to achieve greater success in their own endeavors.

These first course offerings are scheduled as four-day intensive workshops. Future offerings may be scheduled in the evenings or weekends if there is sufficient interest.

Registering for continuing education classes is easy. Students can register by telephone at 281-312-1660 or 281-312-1661. Students can also register online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registrationor in person on campus in Classroom Building A, Room 107.