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GPC offers program on Financial Literacy for students, parents

COVINGTON — Achieving career dreams — without falling into the college debt trap — is a major theme of the 2014 Financial Literacy Day program on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus.

The day kicks off at 10 a.m. with Mary Johnson of Higher One.

Johnson, who is a former associate commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, is a national expert and advocate for student financial stability and college affordability. According to FastWeb, a website tracking student aid and debt statistics, student debt topped $1.1 trillion in 2012.

“Do you want to figure out how to make your dreams come true without being saddled with unnecessary student loan debt? This is a must-hear talk for all college students and their parents or significant others,” said Leila Lawlor, a GPC business professor who is organizing the event.

Also speaking during the day are Chico Chapman, a music producer for the groups TLC, Bobby Brown, Earth Wind & Fire and Mary J. Blige. Chapman will share his experiences of how he achieved his dream of working in the music industry in “The Moving Money in Music.” His talk is at 11:30 a.m.

Also featured will be C. Davis and his Comedy Troupe at 1 p.m. Davis is a professional comedian who followed his dreams to become a success.

“Dreaming about your future is important, but so is planning for that future,” said Mark Flowers, GPC Newton business professor. “When our students get the opportunity to see what success looks like — particularly for low probability fields — they can be free to chase their dreams and realistically plan for reaching seemingly impossible achievements.”

All speakers will be in Building N-2 auditorium. Light refreshments will be served before and between sessions. A student negotiating game, sponsored by the campus ABLE business club, will be offered after the speaker program.

The program is free and open to the public. For information, contact Flowers at 770-278-1333, or Lawlor at 770-278-1289.

Georgia Perimeter College, the largest state college of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 21,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.