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Dollars & Sense: Financial Wellness & Resource Fair, Feb. 7

About Dollars and Sense

Dollars & Sense Flier

Dollars and Sense is a financial wellness event that will offer resources and tools for students to succeed financially at MCTC and beyond. External and internal community partners will provide tabling resources that will include financial education and literacy, community resources, borrowing, debt management, traditional and alternative banking, and financial aid.

Dollars and Sense will also have speakers discussing our current economic climate, personal stories from MCTC alumni, a keynote address about financial wellness, and a panel to discuss a variety of financial topics.  

Dollars and Sense will be held on Wednesday, February 7th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Helland Center 1st Floor and Multi-Purpose room. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Students may be eligible to win prizes for participation.  

Speaker Schedule

10:00-11:00 Dr. Cindy Houser

Dr. Cindy Houser is an economics instructor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Her presentation, titled “How to not be Johnny Depp,” will explore factors affecting the US economy, as well as tips for how to avoid excessive debt, understanding the job market, and making wise education and career choices.

11:00-12:00 Jewlene Bellamy

Jewlene Bellamy is a Minneapolis Community and Technical College Alumnus who is an Admissions Administrator for Minneapolis Business College, active community worker and dedicated mother. Jewlene Bellamy was the commencement speaker at the 2017 MCTC Commencement Ceremony. 

Jewlene will be sharing her story of overcoming the barriers of poverty and homelessness, attending college, transferring, and achieving her goals.

12:00-1:00 Dr. Dung Mao

Dr. Dung Mao received his Ph.D. in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science. He is a first-generation immigrant and the first in his family to receive a graduate education. Dr. Mao’s scholar interest includes: personal and family finance, the impact of finance on relationship, finance within the refugee and immigrant communities, and distant and eLearning.

Dr. Mao currently holds a position as Instructional Designer at Northwestern Health Sciences University. In this presentation, Dr. Mao will share some of his personal experiences around personal finances, more specifically around debt, and the impact of finance on both his personal and family life. Dr. Mao will also share some tips on how to handle and reduce the stress caused by debt.

1:00-2:00 Open Forum

Join us for an open discussion about a variety of financial topics, and to hear perspectives from students, alumni, and community partners.

Sponsored by: Academic Affairs, the MCTC Financial Literacy Committee, MCTC Marketing and Communications, Patrick Troup, Student Affairs, Student Life, Student Senate, TRIO Educational Opportunity Center, and TRIO Starting Point.