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Kirtland, Chemical Bank Partner to Offer Free Financial Skills Classes

Kirtland Community College and Chemical Bank North are partnering to offer a series of financial education courses between January 23 and March 13 through the college’s Community Education department.  The collaboration provides the opportunity for all community members to gain valuable skills in critical areas necessary for sound financial and budget management.  The courses are free of charge and will be offered in the Administration Building at Kirtland’s main campus near Roscommon on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m.

The financial education courses are delivered in seven separate modules and community members are able to register to attend a single class, any combination of the group, or the entire series.  “I am really excited to expand our partnership with Chemical Bank to offer this dynamic and timely seminar,” stated Clay Horton, Community Education Director.  “All aspects of managing finances are crucial to young and old alike.  Whether you’re a working adult, a student – even a high school student trying to establish the roots for a sound financial future – these courses have something beneficial for everyone.”

Andrea Weiss, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at Chemical Bank’s Roscommon office adds, “We have employees from various Chemical Bank North Region branches presenting the modules.   They all have numerous years of banking experience and are committed to serving their communities.”

The financial education series is comprised of:

1-23-13         Budgeting:  Sharon Niebrzydowski, Houghton Lake

1-30-13         Checkbook Management:  Andrea Weiss, Roscommon

2-6-13           Credit Basics:  Anita Merchant, Grayling

2-13-13         Fraud Protection:  Michelle Thren, Risk Management

2-20-13         Home Buyers Seminar:  Kitty Straub, North Region Mortgage Originator

2-27-13         Organizing Financial Paperwork:  Pam Kincaid, Houghton Lake East

3-13-13         Savings:  MaryJane Sundquist, Roscommon

“The best part is that this high-quality series is available to everyone in the community for FREE,” says Horton.  “Register today and save yourself a seat in any or all of these sessions.”

For more information on Kirtland Community College, contact Kirtland Community Education, at 989-275-5000 ext. 279, or visit our website at