Mid-State Literacy Council, PSECU offering financial literacy workshops

Mid-State Literacy Council has teamed up with PSECU to hold a series of financial literacy workshops.

The goal, according to a report from Executive Director Amy Wilson, is to help adults understand and navigate the financial system.

Next workshop June 14

The next workshop is scheduled for June 14 to discuss types of accounts.

“It is the goal of both the Mid-State Literacy Council and the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union to fine-tune and develop a viable curriculum that assists adult learners in overcoming barriers to financial literacy,” Wilson said in an email.

The first workshop was held in January and focused on financial vocabulary. The next session, held in March, targeted budgeting.

Other topics could include understanding credit scores, identifying living expenses, the effect of finances on future employment and protecting against identify theft.

Free for enrolled MSLC students

All workshops are free to enrolled literacy council students.

Mid-State Literacy Council was founded in the 1970s to help provide literacy services to residents in Centre and Clearfield counties.

But Wilson added that services go beyond that.

“While the focus of the literacy council has been to work with adult learners on basic educational skill development and with English as second language learners to enhance their communication skills, a need to developed collaborative models in specific fields has emerged,” she said. “MSLC identified this need within our health system and developed a curriculum with local health officials to provide Healthy Literacy Workshops on topics such as doctors’ visits, hospitals and health insurance. It is now extending this concept of collaboration with PSECU to develop a series on financial literacy.”

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

If you go

When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 14

Where: Mid-State Literacy Council, 248 E. Calder Way, Suite 307

Topic: Types of accounts