Thursday, September 12, 2013

Get Financially Fit with OCC Community Education Classes

Oakland Community College (OCC) is offering a four-class Financial Fitness community education series this fall at the Orchard Ridge campus in Farmington Hills.

Courses are designed for anyone seeking to better understand their financial strengths and weaknesses, tools and techniques of creating a personal investment and retirement plan, with interactive activities designed to help individuals get their finances in shape.

Robert Schmansky, a personal financial planner and investment advisor with Clear Financial Advisors, is the instructor.

The cost of each three-week course is $69 and the final one, "Building Your Financial Strength," is $23, or sign-up for all four courses at a discounted rate of $207. Class attendees are entitled to an hour of financial planning meeting following course completion with the instructor.

Classes will be held at Building F, Room 219 at the Orchard Ridge campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. For more information, visit or call (248) 677-1762. To enroll, visit OCC’s Continuing Education website at or call (248) 232-4150.
Classes are:
Financial Checkup: 6-8 p.m.,Tuesdays, October 1, 8, and 15. Learn key measures for checking financial health, creating good credit habits, putting together a personal plan to accumulate savings and pay off debt, analyzing the benefits of home ownership, and avoiding threats to financial goals.
Whip Your Investments Into Shape: 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, October 22, 29 and November 5. Learn the basics of investing, the types of investing and the types of investments that fit the three goals of investors, creating a taxefficient investment plan, designing an investment plan based on individual goals and risk tolerance, and implementing an investment plan.

Retirement Planning: Ready, Set, Go: 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, November 12, 19, and 26. Learn key ideas for creating a financially successful retirement plan, analyzing the traditional types of retirement income, strategies for understanding social security and  retirement income investment approaches and creating a retirement plan.

Build Your Financial Strength, 6-8 p.m.,Tuesday, December 3. Learn key tools to organize your financial life by establishing an efficient record keeping system, creating personal financial documents to monitor your finances, and using free online tools to simplify the process.

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