Personal Finance Classes

Online Group Classes

Our classes are offered in small groups and as self paced, on-demand learning modules. Join our classes to learn about budgeting, money management, building and improving credit, and to take control of your finances! An Intake Form must be completed once a year. To register for class, scroll down and select the class you'd like to register for.

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Career Empowerment Day 2024

Champlain College, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, HireAbility, Mercy Connections, Vermont Adult Learning, and VT Works for Women are hosting our first annual Career Empowerment Day on Saturday, March 23, 2024, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the O’Brien Community Center (32 Mallets Bay Ave) in Winooski.

Password Management Webinar

In this class, you will get an overview of scams, learn tips for safety, be able to identify secure sites, and learn how to create unique and complex passwords. This class is in partnership with Technology4Tomorrow, and is the third in a series of four.

Tips and Strategies for a Safer Online Shopping Experience Webinar

In this class, you will learn simple and effective security measures that you can take to protect your personal and financial information so that you can enjoy online shopping with peace of mind. This class is in partnership with Technology4Tomorrow, and is the fourth in a series of four.

Avoiding Scams and Financial Fraud

Learn how to spot and avoid scams and financial fraud so you may protect yourself and your family. Knowledge is power! It is important to safeguard your personal and financial information to minimize the risk of financial exploitation and identity theft. If you are educated about the latest frauds and scams, you will be well prepared with tools to recognize potential red flags.

Setting Money Goals

This class is in-person at the South Burlington Public Library (180 Market St, South Burlington, VT 05403) The Setting Money Goals workshop helps you start solving specific financial challenges and reaching your goals. Each person’s needs are unique and often complex. This class covers key topics and the tools to set money goals and address your financial situation.

Protecting Yourself From Scams Webinar

In this class, you will get an overview of scams as well as examples, tips for safety, learn how to identify secure sites, and how to create unique and complex passwords. This class is in partnership with Technology4Tomorrow, and is the first in a series of four.

Fundamentals of Internet Privacy Webinar

In this class, you will learn about connections, controls, social media, web search, consent, access, and concerns. This class is in partnership with Technology4Tomorrow, and is the second in a series of four.

Renting in Vermont: Know Your Rights & Sustaining the Rent

This session will take place in-person at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury (?75 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753) Join CVOEO’s Vermont Tenants and Financial Futures programs for a workshop on renters rights and responsibilities and strategies to financially prepare for renting and help meet housing and basic needs. This session includes an overview of topics such as leases, security deposits, repairs, health code violations, terminations, evictions, fair housing and disability law, and how to determine affordability, track spending, build a budget, and find resources to help meet housing and basic needs. There will be plenty of time for questions and resources to bring home.

Financials 101

This class is in-person at the South Burlington Public Library (180 Market St, South Burlington, VT 05403) Financials 101 covers the personal finance basics of budgeting and the responsible use of credit. Explore how to set up a budget that can bring your personal money management goals into focus. You will learn how to use credit responsibly to improve your overall financial situation, and important factors to keep in mind when seeking a loan from a bank or credit union.

Sustaining the Rent

Sustaining the Rent focuses on strategies to financially prepare for renting, including determining what "affordable" rent would be and comparing costs of apartments, and understanding how credit affects the ability to pay rent, as well as developing the knowledge and skills needed to track spending, building a budget, and finding resources to help meet housing and basic needs.

GreenSavingSmart Podcast Club

CVOEO’s GreenSavingSmart program is excited to announce the start of our new Podcast Club! Join us on the third Wednesday of each month to discuss environmental and financial topics of the day and to connect with like-minded peers! Please listen to Session One's 30-minute episode prior to attending and RSVP. Session One: How We Survive: Electrify Everything Date and Time: June 21st, Noon – 1pm Location: Head Start Conference Room at 255 S. Champlain Street, Burlington, VT Bring your own lunch!

On-Demand: Spend SMART 2.0

This fully online, self-paced version of Spend SMART will help you understand your cash flow, set goals for managing your money, paying your bills, and will provide you with the tools you need to start taking action.

On-Demand: Keys to Credit

This fully online, self-paced version of Keys to Credit provides a comprehensive overview of credit: What is credit? Which accounts are credit accounts? And why does credit matter?

Heat Pump Webinar

Have you heard about heat pumps? Are you curious to learn more about how they work and why they are a cost effective and environmentally-friendly choice for heating and cooling your space? Join us for an informational webinar on heat pumps. Then, connect with Financial Energy Coach Jen Myers to learn how you can get started making the switch! Together, we can do our part to keep Vermont green!

Green Transportation Panel

Are you interested in learning ways to reduce your carbon footprint? Rethinking your transportation is a great place to start! Join us for a morning of conversation with representatives from Green Mountain Transit, Mileage Smart, Car Share VT, Drive Electric VT, and Old Spokes Home. Our panelists will highlight their programs and explain the ways that biking, car sharing, public transportation, and hybrid/electric vehicles can help you reduce your environmental impact. Together, we can do our part to keep Vermont green! (Co-hosted by CVOEOs Financial Futures Program and Green Saving Smart).

Spend SMART (2 Session Class)

Build skills to track spending. Learn how to develop a budget that works for you, and develop SMART savings goals.

Creating a Financial Future (2 session class)

Creating a Financial Future (2 sessions): Learn about investing for long term goals. Short term v. long term savings, planning ahead for emergencies, vacations, and retirement.

Keys to Credit

Understand how credit effects your day to day life, learn how to build and repair credit, and examine your own credit score with a financial class (through coaching sessions).

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Class Descriptions

Self-Paced Learning

  • Life is busy. Time is limited. We know that attending our online group classes might not fit your schedule.
  • To help you get the information you want in a way that fits your schedule, we have designed a series of online lessons, or modules as we call them, so that you can learn in a way that works for you!
  • How long will it take? That is up to you. We have divided our classes into a series of 7 lessons so that you can break it up and move through at your own pace. Work as fast or as slow as you'd like. If you have questions along the way, we are here to help!

Interested in arranging a private class for your clients, students, or staff? Financial Future coaches can design a class specifically for your audience. For more information on rates and availability, contact growingmoney@cvoeo.org