Financial literacy

Michigan works! Southwest Partners with Local Banking Experts to Host Financial Literacy Workshop Series for Adults

KALAMAZOO, MICH. – Michigan works! Southwest has launched an all-new series of financial literacy workshops for adults facing financial barriers, those looking to connect with a banking institution, or looking for a new perspective on managing finances.

In the new series, two types of workshop sessions are offered: Financial Literacy Overview Sessions hosted by Michigan Works! Career coaches and workshops led by banking professionals led by local banking experts.

Financial Literacy Introductory Sessions are offered online and in-person at all four Michigan Works! Southwest Service Centers. Designed to provide adults with an overview of financial literacy, job search planning, and assistance in developing a plan for financial freedom, these workshops are one hour long and are hosted by Michigan Works! Career coaches. Session dates and times include:

In-person sessions, Michigan Works! Kalamazoo County Service Center (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT):

  • Monday May 16
  • Monday, June 13
  • Monday July 11

Virtual sessions, open to all counties (10am-11am EDT):

  • Thursday, June 2
  • Thursday June 30
  • Thursday July 28

The banking professional-led workshops, also offered online and in-person at service centers in the four counties, feature virtual presentations from local banking experts on important topics such as budgeting, credit enhancement, debt repayment, mortgages and auto loans, and more.

Session dates and topics moderated by banking professionals take place every two months on Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. EDT.

  • Budgeting 101 – Your Income and Expenses – May 25
  • Saving for your future – June 8
  • The Dreaded Credit Score and Credit Report – June 22
  • Debt, AHHHHH! – July 6
  • Financial Freedom Sounds Good – August 6
  • Identity Theft, Don’t Become a Victim – August 17

The new series of financial literacy workshops now runs until the end of August, in anticipation of a rolling schedule.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with several local banking industry experts to share their knowledge with the communities we serve. We know finances are hard to manage, especially right now with the changing economy,” said Amanda Sutherland, Workforce Development Administrator at Michigan Works! South West. “We look forward to offering these workshops to help those in need learn important skills regarding their financial freedom.”

Those interested in seeing the full schedule and registering for the workshops can go to do this.

About Michigan Works!

Michigan works! Southwest is part of a statewide network of organizations that contribute to the economic prosperity of our communities by developing a strong and talented workforce. The agency serves employers and job seekers in Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties. Learn more about Michigan Works! Southwest, visit our website at or call (1-800) 285-WORKS (9675).