WSOB to Host Financial Literacy Series


Navigating the world of personal finance – creating budgets, buying homes, knowing how to invest – can be difficult and stressful.

But a financial literacy series, taught by a widely published expert in finance, presented by Dalton State’s Wright School of Business (WSOB) is designed to make these topics and others easier to understand. The series takes place on Mondays on Sept. 9, Oct. 7 and Nov. 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Gignilliat Memorial Hall at Dalton State. Each discussion is free and open to the public.

A different topic will be covered each evening: budgeting and goal setting on Sept. 9; credit, interest rates, home loans and insurance on Oct. 7; and investing, retirement and financial advisors on Nov. 11. All are led by Dr. Corey Shank, an assistant professor of finance.

“Each presentation will cover topics to help improve individuals’ financial literacy and give them more tools to take control of their personal finance,” Shank said. “On Sept. 9, we’ll talk about how to make a budget, how to cut costs and how to work financial goals into a monthly budget. On Oct. 7, we’ll talk about how to build and improve your credit score and why it’s necessary, credit card debt and the importance of insurance. The final discussion will cover the benefits of compounding interest and how to use it to your advantage, different types of financial assets, how to build a retirement portfolio, how much you need to save for retirement and how to find a financial advisor.” 

This is the first of several community events being planned thanks to the new WSOB space in Gignilliat.

“Sharing knowledge through training seminars is an opportunity to give back to the community,” said Dr. Marilyn Helms, dean of the WSOB. “This is the first of many such seminars, and we welcome comments on other topics of interest. We're delighted to host the event offered free to the public and showcase our new classroom space and feature our top business faculty. Dr. Shank is an expert in finance and is widely published. He has a unique teaching style to make somewhat difficult concepts clear and I know participants will benefit from his knowledge.”