DOB: CT Saves Week: Workshops at American Job Centers Focus on Career and Financial Goals; Saving Money

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CT Saves Week: Workshops at American Job Centers Focus on
Career and Financial Goals; Saving Money

This is a joint release by the Department of Labor and the Department of Banking

February 11, 2016

In recognition of Connecticut Saves Week, workshops offered at five of the state’s American Job Centers during the week of February 22 will focus on the importance of saving money, strategies to reach career and financial goals, and how to avoid fraud to protect your finances.

The free workshops are coordinated through the Connecticut Saves Campaign.  Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling Christine Flammia at 860.952.1708 or by email at Christine.flammia@ct.gov

  • February 23: 9 to 11 a.m. at the Bridgeport American Job Center, 2 Lafayette Square, (GPS users: 350 Fairfield Avenue)
    (203) 455-2700
  • February 23: 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hamden American Job Center, 37 Marne St.,
    (203) 859-3200
  • February 24: 1 to 3 p.m. at the New Britain American Job Center, 270 Lafayette St.
    (860) 827-6200
  • February 25: 9 to 11 a.m. at the Waterbury American Job Center, 249 Thomaston Ave.
    (203) 437-3380
  • February 25: 1 to 3 p.m. at the Hartford American Job Center, 3580 Main St.
    (860) 256-3673

“These workshops are geared toward helping families and individuals take charge of their educational and career goals by providing budgetary guidance that can lead to future success,” said Labor Commissioner Scott D. Jackson. “Whether that plan is saving for a car to get to work, or the money to pay for tuition and books, the end goal is improving economic security and employment opportunities for our residents.”

“Dealing with debt can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to go from bad to worse,” said Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez. “Rebuilding credit takes time and hard work but it is possible.  Connecticut Saves Week is a good time for anyone to take the first step towards financial security.”

Attendees will learn about money management techniques, practical ways to reduce expenses, strategies for saving, and tips for staying motivated through an interactive session provided by Faye Griffiths-Smith, Family Economics and Resource Management Educator with UConn Extension. Learn ways to manage your debt and repair your credit the right way and avoid common mistakes from Kathleen Titsworth, Outreach Coordinator with the Connecticut Department of Banking. Information on credit reports and how to obtain your free copy will also be provided. For more information about the Connecticut Saves Campaign contact Faye Griffiths-Smith, Connecticut Saves Campaign Coordinator at 203-407-3160 or faye.griffiths-smith@uconn.edu.

As part of the campaign, people will be asked to take the Connecticut Saves Pledge online and commit to saving regularly for a personal or family goal.  For more information about the campaign and special events visit www.connecticutsaves.org.

The Connecticut Saves Week campaign is coordinated by UConn Extension and partners include the Connecticut Department of Banking; the Connecticut Department of Labor; Connecticut State Library; Hartford Job Corps Academy; People’s United Bank; Human Resources Agency of New Britain, Inc.; the Office of the Connecticut State Treasurer; Naugatuck Head Start; Liberty Bank; American Eagle Credit Union; Community Renewal Team; and Torrington Savings Bank.