Arkansas Financial Education Commission Announces Partnership

Series promotes learning about financial matters

April 6, 2022 (Little Rock, Ark.) – The Arkansas Financial Education Commission, created by Act 1025 of 2021 and chaired by Treasurer of State Dennis Milligan, kicks off its first partnership to promote financial awareness among Arkansans next week. The collaboration in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will host a series of financial education webinars geared toward educating the public on basic financial matters.

April is National Financial Literacy Month and Gov. Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed it Financial Education Awareness Month in Arkansas.

“We are so excited to partner with CALS to bring financial education and empowerment to Arkansans all across the state,” Milligan said. “This partnership will kick off what I hope to be one of many similar partnerships throughout the state for the Financial Education Commission. It’s our hope that through this collaboration we can empower Arkansans with the knowledge they need to make informed financial decisions.”

The six-part series will kick off in April with a webinar about the basics of personal finance provided by Dr. Kris Bertelsen with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – Little Rock Branch. The library system will host two series of three webinars – one series in the spring and one in the fall. The schedule is as follows:

April 12: “Personal Finance: The Basics of Budgeting & Planning”

May 10: “Avoiding Debt Traps with Educational Expenses”

June 14: “Avoiding Debt Traps with Medical Expenses”

September 13: “Buying vs. Renting”

October 11: “Avoiding Identity Theft; Staying Cyber Secure”

November 8: “Planning for Retirement”

Sessions are free to attend, but registration is required. Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m. via a virtual link that will be provided after registration and will last approximately one hour.

Registration is available on the CALS website, www.cals.org, or the Treasury’s website at www.artreasury.gov.

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