Virginia Cooperative Extension Offers “Managing Your Money” Series

Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a “Managing Your Money” series to help participants take control of their personal finances.   Topics for the five-lesson series include personal finances, understanding credit, developing a spending and savings plan, traditional and non-traditional banking, and insurance and recordkeeping.   There will also be an optional session on “Getting Out of Debt.”   Each session will include a list of “Action Steps” to help participants apply what they learn to their own money management situation. The series has a flexible format, with the option of taking the classes on a monthly basis or a weekly basis.   Sessions will be held regularly throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley.   When people have attended all of the five sessions, in any combination of weekly or monthly classes, they will receive a certificate of completion.   Extension Agent Karen Poff says of the program, “The format of this series allows participants the opportunity to take the classes at their own pace, to easily make up missed sessions, and to meet the requirements some organizations have for financial education.”
A monthly series will begin in Woodstock on Thursday, May 12, 2011, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Shenandoah County Government Center.   The series in ongoing in neighboring counties, where people can take classes at any location in any order.   Participants MUST register at least three days in advance, as classes with fewer than five people registered will be cancelled.   For more information about the “Managing Your Money” series, call the Shenandoah County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 540-459-1640 or visit our website at

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate, please contact Karen Poff by calling your local office of Virginia Cooperative Extension to discuss accommodations at least five business days prior to the event.   Virginia Cooperative Extension programs, activities, and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.   An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.