College of Central Florida

The College of Central Florida (CF) is a contemporary and unique school with its main campus located in Ocala, Florida. CF is state-of-the-art offering a variety of traditional and non-traditional programs, opportunities, and student-services. Within CF's Workforce Learning program, education in Accounting is offered from a technological angle.

The Accounting Technology program prepares individuals for employment as accounting paraprofessionals in advanced professional accounting occupations that require analysis, theory, and design of accounting procedures and applications. The program content provides training in the principles, procedures, and theories of organizing, maintaining, and auditing business and financial transactions and the preparation of accompanying financial records and reports for internal and external use. Accounting was selected as the discipline desirous of support from YES Opportunities in honor of our organization's first accountant, Mr. Claude McDonald.

Mr. McDonald served supremely from the inception of YES Opportunities in October 2000 to time of his passing in August 2005. He received his early education in England before coming to America and attending high school in the Bronx, New York. After graduating from high school there, he matriculated at City University in New York where he earned his degree in Accounting. With his proficient skills as an Accountant, when he relocated to the Washington DC Metropolitan area, he entered entrepreneurship as an Accountant providing tax and financial services for individuals and small businesses for over 30 years.

Outside of his Accounting business, Mr. McDonald was compassionately driven to serve the cause of humankind through roles such as Comptroller for private and poverty programs and, his final labor of love, Accountant/Chief Financial Officer for YES Opportunities, Inc. The Claude McDonald Endowment established at College of Central Florida is available for students seeking a degree in Accounting or Finance. Contact the CF Foundation Office for Institutional Advancement at 352-873-5808 for additional information on the full conditions concerning this scholarship endowment.