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Dollar Works2 workshop in Durango

Even though gas prices have stabilized, we are seeing a rise in unemployment, housing foreclosures, and vehicle repossessions.

Few people are escaping the impact of this recession, and everyone could use some help managing money.

A Harris Poll conducted for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, reported in The 2009 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey, that 41 percent of adults gave themselves a grade of C, D or F on their knowledge of personal finance and less than half of adults keep close track of their spending.

That’s why Colorado State University Extension is responding to the challenge by offering a Train-the-Trainer workshop utilizing the Dollar Works2 curriculum.

“Many people are struggling financially right now and helping people manage their financial resources is crucial,” said Wendy Rice, CSU Extension Agent in La Plata County. “The program teaches practical tools for making it through tough times, and because of that, helps people feel empowered and hopeful that they can handle whatever comes their way.”

Agency personnel using the Dollar Works2 curriculum will help individuals learn new and improved skills for managing personal finances as well as making sound financial decisions. The Dollar Works2 Train-the-Trainer workshop is designed for educators and service providers to increase financial literacy behaviors with the individuals and families they are working with. The activities can be applied for use in one-on-one situations or in group settings. The curriculum has printed materials in both English and Spanish.

This two-day training will take place Feb. 9 and 10 at the La Plata County Fairgrounds in Durango. Registration is $200 for the first person in the agency and $85 for additional agency participants. Space is limited and registration must be completed by Dec. 30 so that materials can be ordered. Register your agency by contacting Wendy Rice at (970) 382-6461. Online registration is available at The event code is TTDurango.


Thursday, Dec. 10 — 11:30 a.m., Mountain View Homemakers.

Friday, Dec. 11 — 2 p.m., Wolf Creek Wonders Club.

Friday, Dec. 11 — 5:30 p.m., 4-H Candy making project.

Monday, Dec. 14 — 4 p.m., 4-H Shooting Sports (Location TBD).

Tuesday, Dec. 15 — 7 p.m., Avalanche Safety.

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Note: During winter months, when the school district closes, Extension and 4-H meetings will be cancelled. When in doubt, contact the Extension Office at 264-5931.