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Literacy Center offers current learners free course in financial literacy

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LCWM is recognizing National financial Literacy Month by offering a free course to learners
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The Literacy Center of West Michigan is a non-profit organization founded in 1986 and a leader in providing literacy services to over 1,500 adults in reading and English communication. In addition to the Adult Tutoring Program, the Literacy Center of West Michigan also serves area counties through the Customized Workplace English program providing fee-based customized workplace English language, accent modification, and multicultural training to area companies. The Family Literacy Program offers literacy and ESL instruction, workshops, and family literacy events in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Schools and Head Start. LCWM is a United Way partner agency and a member of ProLiteracy America. To learn more about the LCWM, please visit or call (616)459-5151.

In recognition of National Financial Literacy Month, the Literacy Center of West Michigan has offered a math and reading course in financial literacy to their current learners. The free course, funded by National Human Resources Development (NHRD), runs from April 18 to June 3 and is held at the Literacy Center.

“Financial literacy is equally as important as reading and language skills, and is a way to apply the foundation skills in an important context in real life and workplace.   It is important that the learners in our Customized Workplace English Program have an understanding of financial responsibility,” said Vera Grishkina, director of the Literacy Center’s Customized Workplace English program.

The topics included in the workshop are:

  • Building Financial Responsibility and Making Financial Decisions
  • Budgeting for Today and the Future
  • Using Financial Institutions and Services
  • Managing Your Money for Today and the Future
  • Consumer Protection

Each participant will receive a Financial Literacy Certificate upon completion of the course.

The course will be taught by Tom Gole, who is currently teaching pre-GED courses at Grand Rapids Community College.  In February, the Literacy Center hosted a series of financial literacy workshops presented by the staff of Lake Michigan Credit Union.




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