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At this time, Connecticut doesn’t require financial literacy courses for students in the state, but lawmakers may change that. However, you can become financially literate for free thanks to CRT’s annual Financial Literacy Institute. On the last day to sign up for the class taking place this fall, CRT’s Jason Black spoke with Dan Corcoran from NBC Connecticut about why it is so important to learn these valuable life skills.

The full report is available on the NBC Connecticut website.

More information about this valuable adult-learning program is available on the Financial Literacy page.

The weekday call-in show “Where We Live” on Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) featured a replay of a program from this past spring about “financial literacy.”

The show includes a conversation with CRT’s Director of Community Services, Elizabeth Horton Sheff, who discussed the opportunity to sign up for CRT’s annual Financial Literacy Institute. The next course will begin in September.

During this free, 14-week online course, participants (age 18 and over) can educate themselves about tough topics in their personal financial world, including: budgeting, saving, credit, investing and more!

Applications for this year’s Financial Literacy Institute are due by August 9, 2021.

Interested students can sign up online now.

Free 14-week online course begins Sept. 7, 2021, open to adults (18 and over) in the Greater Hartford area

Hartford – The Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) annual Financial Literacy Institute is now accepting applications for the fall semester. Adults (18 and over) are encouraged to apply for this free, intensive 14-week course to see how to take back control of your own financial future.

This online course provides an in-depth and engaging way for participants to educate themselves and their families about tough topics in their financial world.

“Our financial literacy mantra is: ‘Make your money work for you!’ This mindset, embraced and practiced, can lead you and your family on a journey to a more secure financial future. All you need to do is to take that first step with us,” said Eileen Feliciano, CRT’s Financial Literacy Coordinator.

During CRT’s 2021 Financial Literacy Institute, participants explore many aspects of financial fitness, including: budgeting and savings; establishing and/or rebuilding credit; investment planning; dealing with the financial stress of underemployment and unemployment; protecting yourself and your assets through insurance, and so much more.

Classes for the 2021 Financial Literacy Institute will be held virtually on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., starting on Sept. 7, 2021 through Dec. 7, 2021 (Graduation day).

Space is limited! Applications for this year’s course are due by no later than August 1, 2021.

Take control of your financial future. Register now for this free course.

For more information, please contact CRT’s Communications Director, Jason Black at 860-230-4535.

On April 29, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz and CT Treasurer Shawn Wooden hosted an online roundtable discussion about financial literacy and tips to truly empower your financial future. They were joined by CT Banking Commissioner Jorge Perez, and CRT’s Director of Community Services, Elizabeth Horton Sheff, who oversees the agency’s annual Financial Literacy Institute.

You can watch a replay of this free event here:

The next week (May 4, 2021), the program “Where We Live” on Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) did a special show focusing on teaching financial literacy, and Ms. Horton Sheff shared her insights during the program. You can hear the full broadcast online.

For more information about how CRT can help you to take control of your own financial future, click here.

On December 8, 2020, CRT hosted the graduation for the students who successfully completed the 10th annual Financial Literacy Institute. Complete with caps and gowns, all of the students were celebrated for their hard work during the 14-week, 50-hour course. In a first this year, the entire course was conducted online to ensure social-distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this included the graduation ceremony.

The keynote address was given by Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, who told the graduates last night:

“[You] have turned financial literacy from being an obstacle into an opportunity.
An opportunity to invest in yourself.
An opportunity to invest in your education or business.
An opportunity to invest in your loved ones.
And an opportunity to invest in your future.
Knowledge is power and one of the best investments you can make is in yourself.”

Mike Hydeck from NBC Connecticut shared the good news with their viewers.