Rowland School of Business

Accounting Grad, Veteran Reaches Career Goal While Raising a Family and Working Full Time

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Pictured is accounting alumna Khouanchay (Kay) Krueger, a tax staff accountant for Schneider Downs. | Photo by John Altdorfer

Meet Khouanchay (Kay) Krueger, 2015 Outstanding Non-traditional Student

Degree earned at Point Park: B.S. in Accounting, 2015
Job title: Tax Staff Associate
Employer: Schneider Downs
Hometown: Chicago, Ill. 
High school: West Aurora High School
Now living in: Pittsburgh, Pa. (Robinson Township)
Hobbies/interests: Family, reading, the outdoors and fishing
LinkedIn: Kay Krueger

Video: Kay's Story

Eighteen years ago, Kay Krueger left college.

“It just wasn’t for me at the time,” remarked Krueger, whose family immigrated to the United States from Laos when she was a baby.

Instead, she joined the Marines and served for four years. During that time, Krueger met her husband, Matthew, started a family and began working full time.

“Even though I had good jobs, I quickly realized that without a degree I couldn’t advance,” she explained.

In 2010, Krueger decided to return to college — and this time she would give it her all. 

Never losing sight of her goal to be hired by an accounting firm upon graduation, Krueger worked tenaciously to stand out from the crowd. 

She served as president of the Student Accounting Association at Point Park, won three business team competitions, earned top academic honors and won the the 2015 Outstanding Non-traditional Student Award from the Point Park Alumni Association — all while working full time and raising a family.

“My husband picked up where I couldn’t at home. When I had to study, he did the laundry and the dishes and made sure the kids (Genevieve, 12, and Matty, 11) were doing their school work.”

Three months before graduating, Krueger landed a position with Schneider Downs, one of the top four certified public accounting firms in Pittsburgh.

“I am the only member in my family to graduate college,” she said. “And now, I’ve solidified my career in accounting, which is where I’m meant to be.”

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