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Published 10/13/2005

Area High School Students Experience the Game of Life During Owens' Finances 101 Program, Oct. 19

Life isn't always as much fun as the classic board game, but it will be for more than 250 area high school students when Owens Community College hosts Finances 101 "Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk" on Wednesday, October 19.

Finances 101 will occur from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center Rooms 125-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo. The event is presented by Northwest Ohio Credit Unions and the Finances 101 committee, composed of the Bay Area Credit Union, Champion Credit Union, Erie Shores Credit Union, Member's Capital Credit Union, Sun Federal Credit Union, TPS Credit Union and the Toledo Area Community Credit Union.

"Owens Community College is excited to host an event dedicated to educating area students about important issues related to personal finance," said Jennifer Irelan, Owens assistant director of Enrollment Services. "Throughout the day, high school students will be able to learn about life's many lessons about finance and take advantage of the expertise and advice being offered by Northwest Ohio community organizations. The goal is to provide each student with the opportunity to gain practical knowledge about how to exercise fiscal responsibility throughout their lives."

Once entering the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center, each high school student will be dealt a dose of reality by first being randomly issued an occupation and a monthly income. A game of chance will then follow as each participant will spin a wheel to determine his/her number of children. The high school students then will proceed around the room, stopping at various tables in which they will encounter different scenarios that may occur in real life. The program will take them from payday through expenses like taxes, car payments, insurance, groceries and even unexpected costs like the loss or care of a loved one. Students will learn basic skills such as how to write checks and use of a credit card.

Organizations on hand to provide professional insight into each topic include Allied Solutions, brass|Media Inc., Cooperative Real Estate Services, Charlie's Dodge, CUNA Mutual, Integrity Building Group, Lourdes College, the Maumee DECA Program, Northwest Ohio Credit Unions, the state of Ohio Treasurer's Office, Ohio Credit Union Foundation, Owens Community College, State Farm Insurance and the University of Toledo.

Local high schools participating in the event include Notre Dame Academy, Bowling Green High School, Clay High School, Woodward High School, Springfield High School, Wauseon High School, Swanton High School, Rossford High School, Penta Career Center and Perrysburg High School.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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