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Youth Prepare for Recession by learning Money Management Skills at VGCC

Youth participants enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program at Vance- Granville Community College recently attended workshops on Money Management skills. The 90-minute workshops were presented by North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union staff. On Nov. 18, SECU employee Melissa Joyner, Financial Services Officer with the Louisburg branch, presented a workshop at the VGCC Franklin Campus to Franklin County youth. On Nov. 19, Kay Dean, Teller Services Supervisor, and Latesha Royal, Senior Financial Services Officer from the Henderson SECU branch, spoke to Vance County youth at the VGCC main campus.

Topics covered in the workshops included building a successful financial plan; identity theft/fraud prevention; how to protect yourself when banking online; the use of credit/credit reports; maintaining a checking account; understanding saving plans and interest rates; and how to manage a debit card.

The young people who attended these workshops were high school and community college students enrolled in the WIA program at VGCC. Twin siblings Carl Daniel, a Northern Vance High School student, and Cassandra Daniel, a Vance County Early College High School student, found the online banking information “most helpful.” As a new bank customer, Bunn High School student Annette Gupton had many questions for the presenter. Currently, according to VGCC’s WIA Director Sylvia Jones, 29 youth between the ages of 16 and 21 are enrolled in the WIA program, which is funded by the Kerr-Tar Workforce Development Board. WIA staff members Blondelle Edgerton and Denise Davis arranged the workshops.