Since our inception, the CFEE has promoted student financial health by serving over 4,000 students on our campus, through a variety of financial education programs and one-on-one financial coaching.
The CFEE collaborates with student organizations, academic departments, faculty, and alumni to deliver financial workshops and classes in a format that addresses the diverse needs of our student population, as well as the greater community.
The goal of all our programs is to provide opportunities for students to build personal finance skills, while also offering them learning experiences that are practical, relevant and accessible.
The Money Smart Forum is an extra-curricular program to help students build financial capability by participating in one-on-one financial coaching, but it also helps students learn that they can advocate for themselves and plan for future success.
Tools to Help Manage Your Money
One of the new financial tools offered by the CFEE is CashCourse®, an online resource accessed through the college web site. CashCourse provides students and others in the community with information and strategies to better manage their financial lives. CashCourse can be found at: www.cashcourse.org
CashCourse is a quick and user-friendly way to get information about everyday money issues that most students face in these challenging economic times: stretching dollars, managing credit cards, repaying student loans, and saving for future emergencies.
The site offers an array of tips and tools on basic financial topics and also includes instruction on use of various online financial calculators
Student Success Story: Andrea
Andrea enrolled at Westchester Community College in the fall of 2018 to pursue a degree in engineering science. Her ambition after graduation is to become a chemical engineer and to do research in the area of environmental sustainability. She originally came to the US from Colombia, with the hope of improving her English and completing her education. She joined the Money Smart Forum because she needed to learn to better balance the demands of college with the financial obligations of her family. Like many young parents, Andrea and her husband were stretching their budget while also dealing with high-cost credit cards. By working with her coach, she was able to pay down card obligations and reap the benefits of lower interest charges.
Andrea says, “Learning to follow a budget helped me to create priorities and find ways to save money. We also learned to manage our credit, which is benefiting our whole family.” Andrea believes that her work with the Money Smart Forum helped her family gain better financial stability, which will enable her to continue pursuing her goal of an engineering degree.
Westchester Community College offers a number of pathways to help you prepare for a new career! You can get the skills and knowledge you need by enrolling in a non-credit program, or earn college credits through one of our degree or certificate programs. Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they earn in certain careers? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a non-credit career certification or license would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore a variety of career opportunities, their associated job descriptions, and salary and employment trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.