FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT DEBORAH KUCHMAS AT 203-332-5057

HCC OFFERS PERSONAL FINANCE COURSES THIS SEMESTER

January 8, 2008

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College is offering a series of low-cost, personal-finance courses this semester.

The courses will cover such subjects as preventing identity theft, credit, financing a college education, home buying, home equity and personal finance for women. They cost between $10 and $79.

“These are just a few of the courses we’re offering for personal enlightenment,” said Continuing Education Director Deborah S. Kuchmas. “These courses are designed to demystify the complex world of finance, which is something that people repeatedly tell us they want and need.”

“These are student-friendly courses that are graded on a pass/fail basis,” she said.

The courses to be offered include:

  • Credit: You can learn about the different types of credit available to you, the costs for such credit and how to manage it as part of an overall financial plan. The course, taught by Suzanne Glicklin, is being offered Thursday, Feb. 7, 5-6 p.m. in Room A234. The fee is $10.
  • Protect Your Identity: Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the U.S. What should you do if you become a victim? The course covers the types of identity theft, how to protect yourself, signs of identity theft and what to do if it happens to you. The course, taught by Suzanne Glicklin, is being offered Thursday, Feb. 14, 5-6 p.m. in Room A234. The fee is $10.
  • Financing a College Education: The course is an introduction to the various types of aid available to students and their families to help meet the costs of higher education. It will cover grants, scholarships and loans, both federal and private. The course, taught by Suzanne Glicklin, is being offered Thursday, Feb. 21, 5-6 p.m. in Room A234. The fee is $10
  • Home Buying: The course will examine the benefits of home ownership, the home-buying process, financing home buying, and what lenders take into consideration during the loan process. The course, taught by Suzanne Glicklin, is being offered Thursday, Feb. 28, 5-6 p.m. in Room A234. The fee is $10.
  • Home Equity: Find out if tapping into the value of your home is a good option to meet your financial goals. See the advantages home equity lines and loans provide other types of financing. The course, taught by Suzanne Glicklin, is being offered Thursday, March 6, 5-6 p.m. in Room A234. The fee is $10.
  • Fiscal Fitness for Women: Financial Planning for a Healthy Future. The course will examine how women’s financial needs are different from men’s, how to organize your finances, the need for a long-term plan, building a plan that will help you prepare for retirement, and how stocks, bonds, and other investments work. You’ll come away with a workbook that will help you take charge of your finances. The two-day course, taught by Elizabeth Cox, is being offered Tuesday, March 11, and Thursday, March 13, 5-7 p.m. in Room B210. The fee is $79.

For course information, contact Continuing Education at 203-332-5057.

The campus is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in downtown Bridgeport, less than 150 yards off I-95 (Exit 27) and Rte. 8 (Exit 1) and a block from the Arena at Harbor Yard.