After the success of Good Dollars and Sense – Goodwill’s first free course in financial management, Goodwill will offer two free financial literacy courses to members of the Greater Rockford Area in February.
The 12 hour, six-session course supplies individuals with the knowledge and tools needed to make wise financial decisions while giving students opportunities to develop relationships with local financial organizations. The curriculum is informative, the instructors are approachable, and the small class size encourages student discussions. “I liked its [the course’s] down-to-earth approach to educating people about finances. I feel like if someone did not at least have a high-school diploma – they would not feel intimidated by the class or the financial jargon,” says one course graduate.
Goodwill’s first financial literacy course was incredibly successful and boasts a graduation rate of 100%. 83% of students increased their confidence in their financial management abilities and 92% of students reported that they have taken at least one positive step towards reaching their financial goals.
Goodwill would like to thank Family Credit Management, Rockford Area Affordable Housing Coalition, the Better Business Bureau, Members Alliance Credit Union, Generations Credit Union, Eckburg & Bates, Fifth Third Bank, and Savant Capital Management for their help in making Good Dollars and Sense a successful and sustainable program.
Good Dollars and Sense will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from February 8th to February 24th. Day classes will be from 10 a.m. until noon and night classes will be from 6 p.m. until 8p.m. at Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois, located at 315 N. Main Street in Rockford. If you are interested in signing up for the class or would like more information, contact Staci at Goodsense@goodwillni.org or 815-987-6203. Classes are open to the public on a first-come first-served basis.