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Michelle Okabe
Michelle Okabe San Jose State University, M.S., Accounting

With the goal of changing careers, Michelle began taking accounting classes at CSM to see if she liked the coursework. Her experience at CSM turned out to be so positive that she ended up taking all of the accounting courses in addition to many computer courses. “I found my accounting professors to be very supportive and patient, and they made classes interesting by sharing their real-world experiences", says Michelle. With the help of CSM’s Career Services and her academic advisor, she made the decision to attend graduate school at San Jose State University where she earned a master’s degree in accountancy. She launched her accounting career with a Big-4 accounting firm and, soon after, obtained her CPA license. Michelle is currently a recruiting manager with a major accounting and finance placement firm.