FREE FINANCIAL EDUCATION EVENT AT WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE ON MARCH
10, FEATURING TODAY SHOW’S JEAN CHATZKY
In these challenging economic times, people need all the help they can
get to keep their finances on track. That’s why Westchester Community
College is offering area residents the chance to participate in Financial
Education Day, a free financial conference on Saturday, March 10 from 8:30
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Gateway Center on the college’s Valhalla campus.
Hosted by the college’s Center for Financial and Economic Education and
the Westchester Community College Alumni Association, the conference will
offer participants the chance to attend workshops presented by some of the
Hudson Valley’s leading financial experts. Partnering with the college to
organize this event is the Westchester Financial Education Alliance, which
includes prominent community organizations including the United Way of
Westchester and Putnam, the Financial Planning Association of the Greater
Hudson Valley, and GreenPath Debt Solutions.
The conference, which
features Jean Chatzky, personal finance commentator for NBC’s Today show.
will address a wide range of questions that people confront on a daily
basis. These issues include retirement planning, managing money, budgeting,
and building economic security in the face of difficult times. “The
Westchester Financial Education Alliance has joined us in holding this event
because we all recognize the urgent need that many individuals and families
in our community have for accurate and practical financial information,”
says Suzanne Matthews, Director of the Center for Financial and Economic
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and
continental breakfast, followed by the keynote address at 9:00 a.m.
featuring Chatzky, an award-winning journalist. The program continues from
10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with eighteen hour-long workshops targeted to specific
financial topics including planning for retirement, investing basics, estate
planning, elder care, insurance, managing credit and debt, paying for
college, and starting a business.
Presentations will be made by dynamic speakers from leading financial
firms such as MetLife, JPMorgan Chase, Prudential, O’Connor Davies, and BNC
Insurance & Risk Advisors. A session on financial benefits for Veterans will
also be presented by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Additionally, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m., there will be one-on-one
consultations with professionals from the Financial Planning Association.
Experienced professionals will be on hand to discuss specific questions or
issues in individual sessions. This is an excellent opportunity for people
to bring their documents, such as brokerage statements, 401(k) statements,
insurance policies, and wills as they meet with a financial planner and get
answers to important questions.
Sandford (Sandy) Wollman, Director
of Pro Bono and Public Awareness for the Financial Planning
Association/Greater Hudson Valley says, “We are pleased that so many of our
members who are financial professionals have volunteered to be involved in
the one-on-one consultations as well as making presentations. We realize
that in today’s complex world, many people simply do not know where to go to
get reliable financial advice.”
All of the information and advice
offered at Financial Education Day is free, factual and unbiased. The
services are on a “no-strings-attached” basis, and one-on-one consultations
will be kept strictly confidential. Individuals may register online, by
phone, or by showing up at the door on March 10. However, since space
is limited, participants are strongly encouraged to register in advance.
The Center for Financial and Economic Education at Westchester Community
College is generously funded by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.
Financial Education Day is also being underwritten by Met Life, BNC
Insurance and Risk Advisors and Maier, Markey and Justic, LLP.
registration and schedule go to:
www.mysunywcc.org and look for Financial Education Day on the
calendar. For further information or to register by phone, please call