Berkshire Community College and Guardian Partner to Offer Free Money Management Skills Course to Qualified Students

August 27, 2015

Berkshire Community College (BCC) and The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian), one of the money imagenation’s largest mutual life insurers, are partnering to offer BCC students a course to help them prepare and plan for their financial future.

The course, Introduction to Personal Finance BUS 139 (Guardian’s Money Management for LifeSM Course),was designed jointly by Guardian and BCC.

The three-credit course, which is being offered for the second year in a row, is free to qualified BCC students. BUS 139 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 tract 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.

“What makes the Money Management for Life personal finance course so valuable is that it’s more than a class; it’s a learning experience,” said Gordon Dinsmore, president of Berkshire Life Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. “Through its rich curriculum and the insights shared by esteemed guest speakers from Guardian, students receive the tools they need to manage their own finances and begin to think about long-term financial goals. As a result of this education, many who completed the course last year say they gained a confidence they never had before, and have used the knowledge gained in the program to help raise their credit scores, eliminate debt, and put money in savings.”

To learn more about the course, including eligibility requirements, contact Anne Fortune at or (413) 236-1622.