When students go to college, there are a lot of things they have to manage themselves: Courses can be more demanding, teachers can be more intimidating, and navigating a new social circle can be challenging. And there’s one necessary skill that trips up students from all walks of life—learning to manage money.
Colleges know this, and many urge students to take finance courses that will teach them the ins and outs of interest rates, investing, budgeting, and navigating student loans. Montgomery College is able to offer even more assistance, thanks to the incredible generosity of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. For the past three years, Guardian has supported a program to help Montgomery College students learn basic personal finance skills and train them in entrepreneurship.
This year, Guardian has extended its outreach and the opportunities available to MC students. They include:
- Offering 80 early-childhood-education students entry to a course teaching them business practices that will help them be successful in opening their own childcare businesses, including one course each semester that is taught in Spanish
- Supporting a two-day Entrepreneurs and Small Business Symposium, inviting 40 students in the College’s Applied Technologies, Gudelsky Institute for Technical Education, Hillman Entrepreneurs and other business programs to participate in the symposium
- Providing funding for a part-time faculty member to serve as the program advisor for the Personal Finance program
In addition, Guardian offers MC students its Money Management for LifeSM program. This alliance with community colleges across the country, including Montgomery College and the University of the District of Columbia Community College, provides free personal finance courses that earn college credit. These courses educate students, and provide a solid foundation of information that will allow them to build the skills to manage their own money and plan for their educational and financial futures.