JCJC students get a lesson in personal finance

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-10-12 16:48:03

ELLISVILLE – Americans collectively owe more than $875 billion on student loans and the average student loan is $23,186 according to Jones County Junior College’s business instructor, Dusty Holifield. He was the guest presenter at the Student Success Center’s “Popcorn & Presentations.” The JCJC students listening seemed to be stunned, but interested in preparing for their financial futures.
“I may not need some of this information now, but it will help me be more wary with my income, when I have some,” said sophomore, Timothy Seales of Hattiesburg.
Nontraditional student, Nakeysha Williamson of Shubuta said she wants to do a better job of budgeting so she can save more. 
“I work a full time job, I have a house, one child and I wanted to learn how to save more for some bigger purchases. Mr. Holifield offered practical information that will help me maintain a budget,” said Williamson.
JCJC also offers Personal Financial Management as a semester class for those who want more in-depth training. “This is the first time JCJC has offered this class and we have plans to offer it in the spring,” said Holifield. “I think students need to be better prepared to manage their finances before they ruin their credit.”
Some of the other topics offered in the “Popcorn & Presentations” series include how to study for various subjects, understanding the role of an advisor, the importance of declaring a major, and what academic situations affect financial aid.
“We wanted to offer 30-minute workshops to help students succeed in college,” said program coordinator, Cynthia Bush. “We’re also offering sessions on how to make a schedule online and personal growth topics like how to recognize if you’re depressed.”
To learn more about the presentations and the schedule contact the Student Success Center at 601-477-4841.


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