Why Accounting?

Practical Accounting in the Classroom

Gregory Brookins
Office B220S, 434-8510

Gregory Brookins has been an accounting instructor at Santa Monica College since Spring 1999.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accounting degrees at the University of Southern California (USC). After leaving USC, he passed the CPA exam and he worked for 2 years at Ernst & Young where he received the hours necessary to become a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.  His clients included the Los Angeles Dodgers, Technicolor and Silgan Containers.

After leaving Ernst & Young, Brookins spent 8 1⁄2 years in the entertainment industry.  He worked the first 2 1⁄2 of those years at Fox Inc in the Corporate Audit Department where he audited domestic and international film operations, feature film and television productions, and television station operations. He worked his final 6 years at Fox Television at the corporate offices and at KTTV where he was involved in budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting.  As Director of Finance at KTTV, he oversaw most of the day-to-day accounting operations and reported to the Vice President of Finance.

Since his arrival at SMC, Brookins has taught Accounting Principles 1 & 2 and Intermediate Accounting I. He has also taught at Mount St. Mary’s College. He is a member National Association of Black Accountants and has been selected to judge in case study competitions that the organization has sponsored for high school students.