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PR # 178 March 5, 2008


Teaching teenagers the value of money is becoming increasingly important as middle class families find it harder to make ends meet, teens expect more independence at the mall and college students rack up more debt than ever before. According to a USA Today survey, 78 percent of teens want to learn more about finance, in order to help them make smarter decisions.

Teenagers ages 13-17 will be introduced to the basics of finance at Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) Financial Literacy Camp for Teens. The program, sponsored by the College?s Corporate & Continuing Education (CCE) division, will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, April 1-24, from 6-8 p.m., at RVCC?s North Branch Campus.

The course will be taught by Ken Carter, founder of Working Your Money, which teaches financial literacy to adults, teens and kids. Carter has been a licensed real estate professional in New Jersey since 1983.

Financial Literacy Camp for Teens uses fun, interactive games and exercises that help teens learn how to manage money. The camp is designed to teach teens smart money management skills, from opening a bank account to how to think like a millionaire. Participants will learn about the history of money, what role it plays in our daily lives, and how to have a healthy relationship with money.

Cost to participate is $259. For more information and to register, call 908-526-1200, ext. 8404, or e-mail cce@raritanval.edu . Youth program brochures also can be picked up at the CCE office, located in the lower level of RVCC?s College Center, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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