Tuesday, March 08, 2005

A conference at Fairmont State on April 21 will help educate college students about financial planning. The Money Conference for College Students is the first of its kind for West Virginia.

The event will be part of State Treasurer John Perdue's West Virginia Money Conference series, which has been offering free, all day conferences for over three years and has reached more than 4,500 people. This program expands on the successful "Women & Money Conferences."

Dee Lee, a nationally recognized financial author and speaker will lead the conferences.

The series starts April 21 at Fairmont State with the college conference and ends Oct. 21 with a Women & Money Conference at Chief Logan State Park Conference Center in Logan, W.Va.

Lee covers a gamut of financial topics, from personal financial organization to investments and retirement planning. Those attending will receive a free continental breakfast, lunch, travel bag and a copy of either "The Money Book" or "Women & Money," both written by Lee. Private sponsorships are raised to cover expenses for the events.

A complete list of this year's conference dates and the audiences for which they are intended:

April 21, Fairmont State, Fairmont college students and those aged 18 to 28

June 10, Oglebay Park, Wheeling women

July 15, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon women

Sept. 16, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston men and women

Oct. 21, Chief Logan State Park Conference Center, Logan women

"We are delighted to be gearing up for another round of conferences and are excited about expanding the scope of our mission," Perdue said. "Our past efforts have been met with nice turnouts and a great deal of positive feedback. We expect more of the same as we deliver our product to a wider audience."

To register for the Fairmont conference, call (304) 341-0742 or visit www.wvtreasury.com.