December 3, 2018 Melissa Lamar

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Tunxis Community College students in Dr. Kimberly James’ and Peter DeNegre’s “First Year Experience” course listened to a talk by guest speaker Patrina Dixon, a certified financial education instructor and author of “It’$ My Money” on Nov. 19.

The financial literacy advocate talked with students about credit, ways to save, budgeting strategies, and other money management themes. Four students received signed copies of her book. “It’$ My Money” is geared toward teens and young adults, and covers banking services, income, investments, budgets, spending, and taxes, among other topics.

“Helping our students to become financially literate empowers them to make sound financial decisions,” said TCC instructor Kimberly James. “Providing workshops like this also allows for taking a more holistic approach to student success.”

The Tunxis “First Year Experience” course helps students develop skills for success and acclimate to college. The curriculum emphasizes learning strategies, life management skills, and active participation in the college community. The course is required for most degree-seeking, first-time college students.

Tunxis Community College offers more than 70 associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for transfer to four-year degrees and transition into the workforce with such programs as: advanced manufacturing technology, accelerated business administration; computer information systems; criminal justice; early childhood education; energy management, engineering; graphic design; liberal arts and sciences; pathway to teaching careers, and technology. For those who seek the flexibility of learning off-campus, online degree programs and certificates are also available.