Butler County GEAR UP Alabama held a joint Financial Wellness & Dual Enrollment Meeting on March 12, 2018. The meeting was held at the Greenville Public Library. Mr. Jeremy Craig from Regions Bank and Mrs. Deidre Murray from UAB were the presenters. In addition to the Site Facilitators, and Region 3 Coordinator Cathey Hendricks, there were over 40 parents and students in attendance at the meeting. Many of the parents and students were answering questions and sharing comments during the meeting.

When asked about his experience at the workshop 9th grader Riley Boutwell commented, “It was very eye opening. You got to know what all the dual enrollment can do for you. Along with the introduction to all of the experiences you will have with the college professors and get an inside look at college, it will help you in the long run by taking college classes through dual enrollment and help you get through with college quicker”. When asked about the

Regions Bank Financial workshop, 9th grader Haley Downey stated “It was very educational to me. He told us good methods of saving, and how to invest by putting things into bonds, and how to get into the stock market.” She also stated that the UAB Start dual enrollment presentation was very informational and that all of her questions were answered. “I learned how everything is paid for, how we need to prepare for it, how the classes work and what the requirements were.”

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Story Submitted By: Renee Goss