Extends Financial Education ProgramFor Immediate Release
Baton Rouge, LA-November 19, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La., - Campus Federal has received great reviews from the academic community on its Financial Education program. Yet there are many in need of the program. Recently, Campus Federal was approached by First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge to conduct financial education presentations to its staff members. While the church is currently doing a number of things to improve the quality of life for its staff members - like enabling them to participate in the company 401K plan - the church desired to do even more. Under the leadership of Rev. Chris Andrews, First United Methodist wanted to help its staff members be "Credit Ready" and make the dream of home ownership a reality by providing financial education training.
Church member, Mary Kay Martin read about Campus Federal's financial education program being administered to LSU employees...she was impressed and interested. She later attended a program sponsored by the Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition (of which Campus Federal is affiliated) to hear Campus Federal's Financial Education Coordinator, Blaine Grimes speak. At the conclusion of the program Martin approached Grimes and asked what would it take for Campus Federal and First United Methodist Church to partner and present a series of classes to their employees? Grimes' replied, "Let's do it!"
Within days, the two met with First United Methodist Business Administrator, Beth Fraser and developed an action plan. At the recommendation of Grimes, the group agreed on a 10 week outline from the FDIC Money Smart program â€“ the same program Campus Federal administers to LSU Facility Service staff. The 10 week course covered topics including: Financial Terminology, Difference between Banks & Credit Unions, Check Cashing Services, What is credit and why is it important, Credit Report, Credit Repair, Credit Building, and Being credit ready for home ownership.