Berkshire Community College (BCC) is offering a free course to students that will help them achieve a level of financial independence, thanks to a partnership with Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.
The free course will be offered this fall at the South County Center on Main Street in Great Barrington from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, or as a hybrid class on the Main Campus in Pittsfield, meeting on campus on Tuesdays from 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Fall classes begin Tuesday, September 5th.
The three-credit course, called BUS 139 – Money Management for Life, will cover strategies to help students manage budgets, expenses and debt; save and invest for the future; plan for the unexpected; and establish personal financial plans to achieve their goals.
“This course offers BCC students the opportunity to garner money management skills that will set them on a good financial track for the future. The more knowledge students have, the better off they will be when it comes to making major financial decisions such as buying a house or a car, taking out a loan or planning for retirement,” said Dr. Charles Kaminski, dean of Business, Science, Mathematics and Technology at BCC.
Through in-depth lesson plans and presentations, students are offered the chance to learn about key personal finance issues that could impact their overall financial health. The course helps educate and arm students with the critical skills and knowledge they need to manage their personal finances throughout the various stages of their lives. The course explores topics ranging from saving for retirement to insurance planning across life stages, among other important financial issues.
The course will conclude with students having a financial plan for the next 15 years and it counts as a free elective for students as well.