UW Extension offers money manager coach course in Gillette

Michelle Pierce
Community development educator Michelle Pierce

University of Wyoming Extension is offering a train-the-trainer course in Gillette to help community organization members help those they serve improve money management skills.

The Master Money Manager Coach program is Wednesday-Thursday, March 7-8, at the George Amos Memorial Library Cottonwood Room, said Michelle Pierce, extension community development educator based in Campbell County.

Participants are trained to help individuals learn basic money management skills and become financially stable, she said. The program is recommended for community organizations, nonprofits and agencies.

The coaches and the clients they work with will be more prepared for a financial emergency, feel more financially secure, spend less than they make each month and increase their savings, said Pierce.

Pierce said she works with agencies that are required to teach some type of money management, such as budgeting

“Many times agency professionals are left to Google financial resources versus using researched-based information to assist their clients with financial literacy education,” said Pierce.

The FDIC Money Smart curriculum gives community organizations a money coaching kit in a box, she said. Items include outlines, presentations, activities and examples for budgets, housing, transportation and money emergencies.

           The two-day training introduces the curriculum, teaches about adult learning and provides tools to use in interacting with clients, she said. The curriculum covers 11 topics from banking to debt management to making large purchases.

No knowledge of teaching or money management is necessary, she said.

“You don’t have to be a financial expert to make a difference,” Pierce said. “Our program will help anyone in a community organization who works with their clients on money matters.”

Open registration ends March 5. A registration fee of $125 covers the class and two lunches and snacks, said Pierce. Scholarships are available, and space is limited.

For more information and to sign up, contact Pierce at 307-682-7281 ormrp10@ccgov.net.