Giple Sharpens Accounting and
Leadership Skills at MCCC
Windsor, N.J. - When Albert Giple '07 (A.S., Business
Administration) left his war-torn homeland of Liberia eight
years ago, he had one thing in mind: to obtain a solid education.
He has accomplished his goal, thanks to his relentless thirst
for knowledge and his commitment to hard work. Giple discovered
his passion for accounting in high school and gained a further
foundation at Mercer County Community College. Today he is
an accountant for Mercadien, P.C., C.P.As, a Princeton-based
accounting and business consulting firm.
who focuses on a broad array of taxation issues, finds his
job fascinating and rewarding. "I love its complexity,"
said Giple, who joined Mercadien in 2008. "There is always
something new and interesting to learn. Tax problems can be
burdensome on individuals, corporations, estates and trusts.
Tax laws change daily and keeping up with them is a big challenge.
These areas of specialization are among Mercadien's many services.
Working as a part of a team that helps others in such matters
is very fulfilling."
graduating from Nottingham High School, Giple chose Mercer to test
the college waters academically and socially. Admitting that he
had "hurdles to overcome," he did not feel confident.
"I had very few computer skills and mediocre writing skills,
and I was still adapting to the American school system as well as
the culture. I was also contemplating whether accounting was what
I really wanted to pursue."
its diverse student body, small class size, state-of-the-art technology,
and helpful faculty and staff, MCCC exceeded Giple's expectations.
"Mercer empowered and equipped me with the tools I needed to
advance my education," said the Dean's List student, who was
the recipient of several scholarships and awards.
advantage of what Mercer offered, Giple sought out academic enrichment
and developed leadership skills. He credits numerous MCCC staff
members with contributing to his success, including Arlene Stinson,
Lydia Walegir, Susan Onaitis, and faculty members Alvyn Haywood,
Khoushab Framarz and Noreen Duncan. "They have had a lasting
impact on me," he said. Giple adds that the Career Services
office helped him polish his resume and prepare for job interviews.
in campus life, Giple coached students with intellectual disabilities
as a peer mentor in Mercer's DREAM program and served as a tutor
in MCCC's Learning Center, assisting fellow students in accounting,
college algebra and other business courses. He worked full-time
as a staff member for Allies, Inc., a non-profit group that works
with disabled individuals and joined the Liberian International
Foundation for Education (LIFE), a non-profit co-founded by MCCC
student counselor Patrick Mombo, where he served as treasurer. The
organization's mission is to nurture high school students here and
abroad. Giple also volunteered at Hamilton Continuing Care Center.
Giple continued his education at Rutgers University, graduating
cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Accounting in 2010. While
studying for his degree he was already working at Mercadien, where
he had started as an intern. He is currently preparing for the four-part
C.P.A. exam and will take the first section in July.
believes that one of the keys to success is to focus on what is
important. He adds that his supportive family and his faith in God
have been paramount.
determined and persevere," advises Giple, a member of the National
Association for Black Accountants (NABA) and student member of the
New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA). "As
you move up in your major, your studies will be more challenging
and difficult, but stay the course, get the help you need, and keep
moving forward. As the saying goes, 'Nothing good comes easy.' Be
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