Coastal Bend College to promote smart money management skills among college students

Monster’s Making It Count “Ultimate Money Skills: College” program provides students with tips on effective credit card use, budgeting, and taking control of student loan debt

Coastal Bend College will host Making It Count’s “Ultimate Money Skills: College,” a financial success presentation about management skills. Making It Count, an educational service provider for students and a business unit of Monster Worldwide Inc. is teaming up with Bank of America, one of the world’s largest financial institutions to provide the free presentation on the Oct. 5, 11 a.m. to noon, at the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium. Free lunch will be provided to participating students.

The “Ultimate Money Skills: College” program provides students with an understanding of appropriate credit card use, how to develop and follow a budget, banking options, how to protect their identity and the importance of saving.

 “The Ultimate Money Skills: College program emphasizes the importance of how the choices students make about money while in college can have a direct impact on their future financial success,” said J.R. Cifani, Vice President and General Manager, Making it Count. “Knowing that undergraduates are busy with academics, internships and extra-curricular activities, we’ve developed a succinct, yet informative, program to help them make smart financial decisions.”

 Students and administration who have attended the “Ultimate Money Skills: College” program found the presentation extremely valuable and effective. On a 10-point scale, college personnel rated the program’s value at 9.4 and its effectiveness at 9.6. Students were also impressed, giving the program a 9 for value and 9.5 for effectiveness.

 The presentation is supplemented by, which offers more information on the topics covered in the presentation, as well as opportunities for students to submit solutions to money-related challenges; provide their own money- making and money-saving tips; and read a money-management blog written by college students.

 More information about the presentation can be found online at


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