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Money Smart Financial Wellness Program Planned for Brewerton

Oswego, NY - The financial wellness program entitled “Money Smart” is being offered for the first time at the Brewerton Public Library at 5437 Library Street in Brewerton, New York.

The program, which combines the resoures and expertise of Pathfinder Bank, SUNY Oswego and SUNY SIFE, will cover a host of topics to help people better manage, plan and spend their hard-earned dollars. The curriculum accompanies the Money Smart Computer Based Adult Education Program offered through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Upcoming Money Smart courses include: Monday, July 16th, 6:00-7:30 pm, Checking Accounts and Debit Card Usage  & Internet Banking/Bill Pay; Monday, July 30, 6:00-7:30 pm, Setting Financial Goals; Monday, August 6th, 6:00-7:30 pm; How to Pay for College; Monday, August 13th, 6:00-7:30 pm, Keeping Safe in an Electronic Word; and Monday, August 20th, 6:00-7:30 pm, Pay Yourself First.

To enroll please call the Brewerton Public Library at (315) 676-7484 or Pathfinder Bank at 343-0057, extension 8014. The program is free to the public but class sizes are limited so make sure you call and register for a session soon. For additional information or to take the classes online in either Spanish or English visit www.pathfinderbank.com/moneysmart.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  The Bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square, and Cicero.

Shown pictured recently at the Brewerton Public Library are from left to right: Deborah Spector, Teen Librarian; Rhonda Hutchins, Money Smart Instructor; and Craig Fitzpatrick, Money Smart Instructor.

Money Smart Financial Wellness Program Planned for Fulton Library.

Oswego, NY - The financial wellness program entitled “Money Smart” is being offered for the first time at the Fulton Library at 160 South First Street in Fulton.

The program, which combines the resoures and expertise of Pathfinder Bank, SUNY Oswego and SUNY SIFE, will cover a host of topics to help people better manage, plan and spend their hard-earned dollars. The curriculum accompanies the Money Smart Computer Based Adult Education Program offered through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

Upcoming Money Smart courses include: June 6th, 5:30-7:00 pm, Checking Accounts and Debit Card Usage  & Internet Banking/Bill Pay; June 13th, 5:30-7:00 pm, Setting Financial Goals (How to Budget); and June 20th, 5:30-7:00 pm, Keeping Safe in an Electronic World.

To enroll please call the Fulton Library at (315) 592-5159 or Pathfinder Bank at 343-0057, extension 8014. The program is free to the public but class sizes are limited so make sure you call and register for a session soon. For additional information or to take the classes online in either Spanish or English visit www.pathfinderbank.com/moneysmart.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  The Bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square, and Cicero.

Shown pictured recently at the Fulton Library are from left to right: Bette Maute, Director of the Fulton Public Library; and Deana Michaels, Branch Manager at Pathfinder Bank’s Fulton Office and Instructor for Money Smart. Missing from Photo is Sean Sharp President of Student In Free Enterprise at SUNY Oswego.

Financial Wellness Program Smart For the Community

The financial wellness program entitled "Money Smart" is once again being offered this fall through the combined resources and expertise of Pathfinder Bank and SUNY Oswego. The curriculum will cover a host of topics to help people better manage, plan and spend their hard-earned dollars. The program has gained considerable interest in recent years not only by students, but new community partners looking to provide a consumer education platform that introduces basic financial wellness to people of all ages. Shown pictured at SUNY Oswego’s Rich Hall School of Business recently in support of the program are from left to right front row: Sean Sharp, president of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise); Deborah F. Stanley, President SUNY Oswego; and Deb Wise, FSS Coordinator Oswego County. Back row: Richard Skolnik, Dean of the School of Business, SUNY Oswego; Michele Torbitt, VP/Electronic Commerce at Pathfinder Bank; Reyne Pierce AVP/Retail Lending Manager at Pathfinder Bank; and Thomas Schneider, President and CEO at Pathfinder Bank.

Oswego, NY - People are getting smart about their finances. In fact, a lot of people are getting smart.

“Money Smart”, a program that started just a few years back as a proactive partnership between Pathfinder Bank and SUNY Oswego, has gained considerable interest by not only students, but new community partners looking to provide a consumer education platform that introduces basic financial wellness to people of all ages.

The six-week course is once again being offered this fall through the combined resources and expertise of Pathfinder Bank and SUNY Oswego, and will cover a host of topics to help people better manage, plan and spend their hard-earned dollars.The curriculum accompanies the Money Smart Computer Based Adult Education Program offered through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

However, according to Thomas W. Schneider, President and CEO at Pathfinder Bank, the program has transformed into something broader in the Oswego County community, and is providing new opportunities for incoming SUNY Oswego business students, area high school students, Cayuga Community College, and regional human service organizations.

“The growth of this program in our community has been  considerable,” said Schneider. “What started as an outreach initiative for a small group of adults, is now being received by hundreds of individuals of varied ages throughout the region.”

Additional partners to the Money Smart program have included: Oswego Public Library, SUNY Oswego, SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise), Cayuga Community College, Catholic Charities, Oswego County Opportunities, OCO Path, Alliance Church MOPS Group (mothers of pre-school), Civil Service Employees Association Union, Sandy Creek High School – Spanish Club, Fulton Community Development, Habitat for Humanity, Oswego High School, and Mexico High School – German Club.

Pathfinder Bank’s Michele Torbitt, coordinator of the Money Smart Program, said the collaboration with SUNY Oswego and their Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has been instrumental in the growth of the Money Smart program.

“SUNY Oswego and SIFE have been significant in further developing our financial wellness materials as a complement to the Money Smart curriculum offered through the FDIC,” said Torbitt.  “The additional materials have opened the doors for new seminars and coursework\offered through our area high schools and other venues.”

According to Sean Sharp, President of SUNY Oswego’s SIFE, the collaboration between the campus community and Pathfinder Bank has been rewarding on multiple fronts.

“Not only are we seeing a growing number of individuals learn from our financial wellness programming, our SIFE team has been recognized on a regional and national level through numerous civic engagement competitions because of the Money Smart outreach,” said Sharp.

SUNY Oswego’s SIFE was named 2011 Regional Competition Division Champion, 2011 SIFE National Competition Division Runner-Up, and 2011 Civic Engagement Student Involvement Award for the efforts with Money Smart.

“SIFE and SUNY Oswego have played an integral role in the growing success of the financial wellness initiative,” added Schneider. “And, we look forward to seeing how far this partnership can take us in the years ahead.”

Upcoming Money Smart courses include: Pay Yourself First, November 2, 6 pm-7:30 pm. All classes are held at SUNY Oswego’s Rich Hall, Room 118A.

To enroll please call (315) 343-0057, extension 8014. The program is free to the public but class sizes are limited so make sure you call and register for a session soon. For additional information or to take the classes online in either Spanish or English visit www.pathfinderbank.com/moneysmart.

Pathfinder Bank is a New York State chartered savings bank headquartered in Oswego, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  The Bank has eight full-service offices located in Oswego, Fulton, Mexico, Lacona, Central Square, and Cicero.

Financial Wellness Program “Money Smart” Starts Up Again September 16th

Coordinators of the upcoming Financial Wellness Program entitled “Money Smart” recently gathered inside the Oswego Public Library. The library has partnered with Pathfinder Bank and SUNY Oswego to once again offer the financial wellness program in their Eric and Emily Cole Community Room starting September 16th. Shown pictured are from left to right: Helen Hoefer, Coordinator of Donna’s Place, Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Melissa Wise, HHAP Homeless Housing Specialist, Oswego County Opportunities; Michele Torbitt, Assistant VP/Electronic Commerce at Pathfinder Bank; Carol Ferlito, Director, Oswego Public Library; Robert Hollenbeck, Visiting Professor, School of Business, SUNY Oswego; and Reyne Pierce, Assistant VP/Retail Lending at Pathfinder Bank.

Coordinators of the upcoming Financial Wellness Program entitled “Money Smart” recently gathered inside the Oswego Public Library. The library has partnered with Pathfinder Bank and SUNY Oswego to once again offer the financial wellness program in their Eric and Emily Cole Community Room starting September 16th. Shown pictured are from left to right: Helen Hoefer, Coordinator of Donna’s Place, Catholic Charities of Oswego County; Melissa Wise, HHAP Homeless Housing Specialist, Oswego County Opportunities; Michele Torbitt, Assistant VP/Electronic Commerce at Pathfinder Bank; Carol Ferlito, Director, Oswego Public Library; Robert Hollenbeck, Visiting Professor, School of Business, SUNY Oswego; and Reyne Pierce, Assistant VP/Retail Lending at Pathfinder Bank.

“Money Smart”, a seven-week financial wellness program will be offered once again starting Wednesday, September 16th, and will combine the resources and expertise of Pathfinder Bank, the Oswego Public Library and SUNY Oswego to cover a host of topics to help people better manage, plan and spend their hard-earned dollars.

The curriculum will take place in the Erik and Emily Cole Community Room at the Oswego Public Library.

Oswego County Opportunities and Catholic Charities of Oswego County have also joined on again as partners to the program.

The sessions will accompany the Money Smart Computer Based Adult Education Program offered through the FDIC. The courses are free of charge to the public and participants can attend one session or all seven sessions.

“We’re looking forward to providing the Money Smart curriculum once again this fall,” said Carol Ferlito, Oswego Public Library Director. “We hope that our community takes advantage of this wonderful educational opportunity.”

“We’ve really tried to accommodate those attending by allowing them to choose one, two or each of the seven sessions,” she added. “Some people may see a particular course that they would like to attend and are welcome to just attend that session. The curriculum structure allows for that.”

The courses that will be offered at the Oswego Public Library will include the following:

“Bank On It” – An introduction to bank services. “Check It Out” – How to choose and keep a checking account. Both Wednesday, September 16th from 6-7:30 p.m.

“Borrowing Basics” – An introduction to credit. Wednesday, September 23rd from 6-7:30 p.m.

“Money Matters” - Keeping track of your money. Wednesday, September 30th from 6-7:30 p.m. “Pay Yourself First” - Why you should save. Wednesday, October 7th from 6-7:30 p.m.

“Keep It Safe” - Your rights as a consumer. Wednesday, October 14th from 6-7:30 p.m.

“To Your Credit” – How your credit history affects your future. Charge it Right” – How to make a credit card work for you. Both Wednesday, October 21st from 6-7:30 p.m.

“Loan To Own” – Know what you’re borrowing before you buy. “Your Own Home” – What homeownership is all about”. Both Wednesday October 28th from 6-7:30 p.m.

“This program is designed to give you the basic knowledge necessary to put you on a path to financial wellness,” said Thomas W. Schneider, president and CEO of Pathfinder Bank. “You have to know how to save, how to use credit, how to keep track of your money and what many of the basic terms in the world of finance mean.”

“Money Smart provides just that and more, to our students attending the courses.”

With more and more college students paying for cell phone bills, car maintenance and credit cards, financial literacy is a skill set that can be taught early on.

“This program is a great example of collaboration between SUNY Oswego,

the Oswego Public Library, Pathfinder Bank, and now Oswego County Opportunities and Catholic Charities,” said Richard Skolnik, Dean, School of Business at SUNY Oswego. “We greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts and participation in making the program such an ongoing success.”

All programs will be taught by experts in their respective fields from Pathfinder Bank, the Oswego Public Library and SUNY Oswego. The program is free to the public. For more information please call Pathfinder Bank at (315) 343-0057, extension 8014, Oswego County Opportunities (315) 598-6664, extension 262, and/or Catholic Charities (315) 598-3980, extension 252. Registration is encouraged. Class sizes are limited.

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