Business Department to Host Money Smart Week Activities

During the week of March 30 - April 6, the Joliet Junior College Business Department will host a series of informational sessions to promote financial literacy in conjunction with the Federal Reserve’s Money Smart Week initiative. The sessions are free and open to the public. 

Topics range from debt management to maintaining your vehicle and planning an affordable wedding. Presenters include people from a variety of backgrounds; including career advisors, automotive professionals, professors and JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell. 

This is JJC’s sixth year hosting Money Smart Week presentations. 

Money Smart Week Pamphlet

Wayne Gawlik, professor of business at JJC, is one of the presenters and driving forces of JJC’s Money Smart Week.

"Joliet Junior College values and encourages financial literacy programs because it guides individuals in making effective spending decisions, effective savings decisions, and effective investing decisions," said Gawlik.

Attendees can also take home informational handouts donated by the Federal Reserve.

Money Smart Week began as an effort of more than 40 Chicago-area organizations working together to promote financial literacy. In July of 2001 the Chicago Fed stepped in to help share resources and ideas to spread more public awareness of the programs and services that were available. This resulted in the creation of Money Smart Week in 2002. 

The goal of Money Smart Week is to educate consumers on how to manage their personal finances by hosting presentations by community groups, financial institutions, government agencies and educational organizations. 

All presentations will take place in room T-2074 on JJC’s Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road. The program schedule is as follows: 

Monday, April 1
5 p.m. – Your Credit, Your Life: Wayne Gawlik, Business Professor

Tuesday, April 2 
11:30 a.m. – Career Planning: Jill Geers, Career Pathway Coach 
12 p.m. – Saving Money with Car Maintenance: Curt Ward, Automotive Service Technology Professor
12:30 p.m. – Developing a Banking Relationship: Amy Parmeziani, US Bank Branch Manager

Wednesday, April 3
11:30 a.m. – Your Credit, Your Life: Wayne Gawlik, Business Professor
12 p.m. – Borrow Only What You Need: Christine Ciccione, Financial Aid Advisor
12:30 p.m. – The Benefits of Online Textbooks: Helen Nakos, Assistant Director of Auxiliary Services 

Thursday, April 4
11:30 a.m. – Your Credit, Your Life: Wayne Gawlik, Business Professor
12 p.m. – My Journey: Dr. Judy Mitchell, President of JJC
12:30 p.m. – Resume Writing: Jill Geers, Career Pathway Coach 

Friday, April 5
12 p.m. – Getting Married on a Budget: Catherine Anderson & Anne Esquivel, Professors of Hospitality

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