Women & Money: A Series on Budgeting and Investing

Women of all ages, income and education levels who want to manage their personal finances well, build assets, and strategically plan ahead for life changes will have the opportunity at the Women & Money Series. Classes will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 20, 6:00 to 8:30 PM, at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Marvin Auditorium. Enrollment is required through HCCI, by calling 785-234-0217 x 330 or you may register online at www.hcci-ks.org.

“Our speakers are local professional women who are experts in their fields,” Mackey said. 

Topics for the seven classes range from banking and credit to investments and retirement planning and will include experts addressing social security, wills and trusts. Attorneys from the Kansas Securities Commissioner’s Office will present “Investigate Before You Invest,” offering tips for choosing professionals who manage the sale of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

“This series of seven classes is a tremendous community service for women and covers everything from developing a basic budget to saving for special life events and investing for retirement,” said Bob Mackey, Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. president and CEO. “The economic picture is very different now than it was ten years ago or even five years ago, and that’s why these classes are so important and timely for women who are most often paying the bills and making major decisions for the family about monthly finances, insurance, investments and savings,”

Social Security research shows that the average woman will live to age 80 and many will live much longer. These classes will give women the tools they need right now to make good financial decisions and the skills and confidence to manage their futures too.

The Women & Money Series curriculum has been developed by a coalition of women led by HCCI who work in education, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, and other professionals in the community who want to help women learn good money management skills for banking, credit, investing and related issues.

The classes are sponsored in part by grants from the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner and The Women’s Fund and by other local sponsors. To enroll contact HCCI at 785-234-0217 x 330 or go to www.hcci-ks.org.

Using I-TV interactive television, the classes will be also be available in five other communities in Central and Western Kansas, include partnering libraries in Colby, Dodge City and Hays and the Garden City Community College and Kansas State University.

HCCI  is a non-profit United Way Agency founded in 1972.  HCCI provides counseling and education about budgeting, credit, debt repayment, tenant-landlord issues and homeownership opportunities.  HCCI is certified by HUD and accredited by the Council on Accreditation.  HCCI is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and is registered and regulated in Kansas by the Office of the State Bank Commissioner.  HCCI has offices in Topeka, Lawrence and Manhattan.  For more information about HCCI programs call 1-800-383-0217 or visit www.hcci-ks.org

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a 21st-century landmark library, and features the Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery, the Millennium Café, Chandler Booktique, meeting rooms, and free computer and Internet access and training. The library serves the third largest metropolitan area in Kansas and has 94,579 card holders. 

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