Alumni Student Success: Dawn Lockard

Dawn Lockard, an alumna of Eastern, has built on her accounting and business management degrees from Eastern by earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. Lockard will soon be preparing for the CPA exam.


Dawn Lockard

Degree(s) earned from Eastern and from other schools:

  • AAS in Business Management – Eastern
  • AAS in Accounting – Eastern
  • AS in Accounting – Eastern
  • BS in Accounting – Franklin University
  • BS in Forensic Accounting – Franklin University
  • MS in Accounting – American Public University

Are you still taking classes? If so, where and what degree are you working toward?

No, but I will be taking study courses in 2024 in preparation for Certified Public Accounting exams.

Current Employer/Job (if applicable):

Cunningham Powell Alexander A.C. and Alexander Business Consulting Services. I also teach accounting classes at Eastern.

What is something you learned (knowledge, training, skills) during your academic program that you utilize in your workplace and/or current studies?

Excel, Word, PowerPoint, QuickBooks Online, and general accounting concepts from accounting classes.

Please share if courses, faculty, and/or staff at Eastern contributed to your career/educational success and how they helped:

Seyed Mirkhani and Shirley Murphy were faculty and advisors who helped me.

What advice would you give to current Eastern students who are looking to follow a similar path to a job or continued studies?

Take the certificate programs Microsoft offers; these are really useful in the job market. Pay attention in accounting on how each type of account affects the balance sheet and income statement. Do not be lazy about completing your assignments because how you do your work will carry over into how you do your job. Success is measured in how well you perform with what you are assigned in the accounting field. Learning to overachieve in education will lead to a good, solid foundation for working in this career.

What are some of your recent accomplishments and achievements in the workforce or in your continued studies:

Some recent certifications include Certified Advance Advisor and Certified Payroll Advisor through QuickBooks Online. I’ve been able to work from home for five years doing what I love in accounting.

Are you an Eastern graduate? Have you completed an Ag workforce training program at Eastern? Are you a former Early Entrance student who transferred credits to another college or university? If you are, and you want to share your success story, we would love to hear from you! Email today!