Barbara L. Squires was raised in Elmira, NY, and became a "first generation college student" by starting her college education at CCC. She earned an A.S. in Business Administration in 1986, and then a B.S. in Accounting at Elmira College in 1988. She also earned an M.S. from Elmira College in 1997. Squires has worked in various areas of accounting such as corporate accounting as a VP of Finance, public accounting with experience in financial statement preparation and audits of corporations, not-for-profits and local governments, and tax accounting with experience with individuals, sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships and trusts. She began teaching full time at CCC in 2002. She currently operates, on a part time basis, her own accounting and tax business in Elmira.
Squires became an Enrolled Agent (E.A.) in 2012 by passing all 3 parts of the IRS examination on her first try. This is the highest credential the IRS awards and as such, she has unlimited practice rights to represent clients before the IRS with vigorous continuing education requirements.
Squires is involved with her church and several community and campus organizations, at either a board level or hands-on situations, because she has grown to believe that life is about relationships and sharing. She enjoys being involved with the student government and clubs (such as the Student Accounting & Business Society) at CCC. Getting to know students both inside and outside of the classroom is important to her.
Squires enjoys accounting, reading new tax laws, and travel (she has visited all 50 states of the US). She likes to push herself "outside of the box" and try new things. She knows that growth comes from uncomfortable situations.
Favorite Course to Teach
I am inspired by learning new things in my profession, and I strive to inspire others to love accounting and income tax law. I teach at CCC because I am a true product of CCC's community, and believe that it provides huge opportunities to many that otherwise might not be able to go to college. Accounting is a tough field. The standards at CCC are to maintain a quality program that produces qualified graduates into the accounting field. It is an honor to be a part of the accounting program and assisting with the learning process of students, especially when I hear the success stories of graduates.