• Merrillville Adult Education - Community Education
    Money Matters

    This section contains classes dealing with money and financial matters. The following is a list of available classes for the 2011 Fall semester.
    Oak Leaf
    FALL 2011
    Repair Your Credit and Improve Your Score - MMM-1
    Is your credit report in need of repair? Why pay someone, when you can do it yourself. In this course, students will learn how to interpret their very own credit report, identify data which is wrong or inaccurate. Students will also learn how to dispute their report if the information is not showing accurately. Instructor, Willie Garth, has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Retail Management.
    1 Monday, 6:30-8:30 P.M.
    February 21
    Fee $29
    Merrillville High School, Room C-107
    Entrance F


    Taking Control of Your Retirement By Understanding the Stock Market - MMM-2
    Does the volatile behavior of the stock market have you confused?  Are you questioning everything your financial advisor told you about asset allocation and "buy and hold" strategies?  Learn how prices in the stock market move.  Find out how to make your own judgments about the stock market, and be in sync with the pros.  This course teaches you how to buy and sell stocks from a Portfolio Manager with over 21 years experience.  The course will start with the basics of understanding a trend, identifying market tops and bottoms, and spotting whether the bulls or bears are in control. Students will understand the importance of market risk, market psychology and creating a sell discipline.  Finally, the course will help each student put together their own top down approach for picking stocks in the market.  Instructor:  David Wozniak.
    6 Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. February 17 - March 24
    Fee:  $60
    Merrillville High School, Room C-105
    Entrance F
    Strategies for Living Debt Free in the 21st Century - MMM-3

    What is the proper order for handling each area of your personal finances? Learn a 3-step system for successfully managing your debts & expenses. The workshop is designed for students who want to build real wealth and become financially independent by eliminating debt. Learn a linear math system that will eliminate all of your consumer debt in one to four years, and then your mortgage in another three to six years. Bring a list of your debts with balances and monthly payments (principal and interest only for mortgage) and during class develop your own debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into your lifestyle. You will also look at some simple money management techniques that will help insure that you achieve your personal financial goals. Students will walk through a simple cash flow management system for handling expenses. You will uncover numerous strategies for spending your money more efficiently, thereby putting more money back in your pocket. Finally, students will learn about "identity theft" and pulling a credit report to clean up incorrect information. Please bring a pocket calculator to class. Instructor: Forest Wilson. 
    1 Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    March 2
    Fee: $41 + optional textbook $39 payable to instructor
    Merrillville High School, Room C-109
    Entrance F