Financial program for Burlington City and Des Moines County employees available

Iowa State University Extension is partnering to offer city and county employees a free course to increase personal finance knowledge and to learn ways communities can empower residents to build financial security, thanks to a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

Small Change: Building Financial Security is a blended (face-to-face and online learning) course offered this fall to anyone employed by the City of Burlington or Des Moines County and his or her spouse/partner. Participants will:

? Attend a two-hour in-person introductory workshop on Sept. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Burlington Public Library

? Complete at least four of 12 game-based learning modules covering financial topics

? Complete a short assignment to promote financial literacy

? Participate in a brief wrap-up webinar in late October

ISU Extension and Outreach developed the course tailored to Iowa municipal and county employees. The lesson topics include:

? Finance Fundamentals ? getting organized, smart borrowing, estate planning

? Insurance ? the basics, life, health, disability, long-term care, auto, home, liability coverage

? Investing ? risk tolerance, investment choices, funding long-term goals

? Retirement ? preparing for retirement, Social Security, IPERS, building a nest egg

Small Change: Building Financial Security will give participants the ability to make more informed decisions about personal financial management and to build greater confidence to make small changes that can make a difference. Increased skills and knowledge will help participants identify trusted personal finance resources.

Participants can sign up for the course by registering online. A light supper will be served. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop or tablet to the workshop. Some laptops will be available at the library.

If questions, contact Mary Weinand, ISU Extension and Outreach Family Finance Specialist at or 319-931-5087. Mary will be available throughout the online learning for questions and clarifications.