News from the Reference Desk Category: Education

Short-term training scholarship to benefit community members impacted by COVID-19

To help those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Harper College is introducing the Moving Forward Scholarship for short-term training programs.

The scholarship will benefit community members who have experienced job loss, require a career change, or have delayed college or employment due to COVID-19. It awards tuition for several Continuing Professional Education programs including contact tracing, medicinal cannabis, human resources certification preparation, real estate licensing, strategic planning, substitute teaching, truck driving and veterinary assistant training. Technology-focused programs include big data, cybersecurity, networking and web development.

Through the Moving Forward Scholarship, Harper aims to help individuals move from unemployment to employment, achieve additional training for a new career, or advance within an existing career. Special consideration will be given in guiding applicants toward relevant academic certificates and degrees to continue their studies. Scholarship recipients will also receive resources on how to conduct a successful job search. In addition, most CPE programs offer digital badges for participants to share training accomplishments with employers.

To learn more and to complete the application for fall 2020 and spring 2021 courses, please visit harpercollege.edu/pro. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through spring 2021.

What to Do when Debt Collectors Call

From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Learning about your rights can help to prevent problems and avoid scams during this stressful time. If you have outstanding debts, you can use the When debt collectors call tool from our Your Money, Your Goals financial empowerment toolkit to be prepared to respond to debt collectors.

The tool will help you to:

  • Take action to verify whether the claim is valid
  • Know how to dispute the claim if you do not owe the debt
  • Know what to do next if you do owe the debt

This information can also help you be prepared to avoid scammers who may pose as debt collectors to get you to pay on debts that you don’t owe.

Spanish Language Resources and Tools from the CFPB

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2018, the Hispanic population in the U.S. was made up of just under 60 million people, or nearly one-fifth of the nation’s population. The Consumer Financial protection Bureau (CFPB) has a selection of financial education tools and resources for our nation’s diverse Hispanic and Latino community that are available in both English and Spanish. It recognizes the great variation in the needs, interests, and financial well-being of Hispanic and Latino households. Its resources are intended to be useful for individuals and families during many different stages of their economic life, as they pursue the goals and aspirations that are important to them.

A Chance to Complete Your College Degree

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Are you someone who started college but did not finish for whatever reason–lack of time, money, energy? Perhaps now as other students go back to school or to college you can as well! Eastern Illinois University and District 214 Community Education are partnering to offer an Adult Degree Completion Program with evening and weekend courses. This program is available online and in person.  Adults in the program can earn a Bachelor of Arts in general studies from Eastern. An open house will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30 at the Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights, Room A334. The $30 application fee will be waived for those who attend this event. Enter through Door 4. Reservations to the open house are not required but are appreciated and can be made by phone at (217) 549-3347 or by email at chicago@eiu.edu. For more information about the program, visit www.eiu.edu/bgs.

Back to School with Good Money Habits

It’s back-to-school time again! MPPL wants to help young patrons, in alliance with their parents, learn about good money habits. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s Money as You Grow webpage has tips and activities that can help grow the money skills, habits, and attitudes of children of all ages. Money as You Grow Bookshelf materials helps parents and caregivers bring money topics to life during the time they are reading with their children. This program provides a list of books that are commonly found in libraries or bookstores for children ages four to ten. There are free downloadable reading guides for each book that help parents and caregivers explain key money ideas, and includes questions and activities that can help children understand and use the key ideas in daily life. Take a look and see what we have available!