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CAFE program hosts Financial Awareness Week for second year

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The Financial and Career Readiness program is offering one lucky student a scholarship for attending Financial Awareness Week.

Texas State’s Career and Financial Education, CAFE, program provided resources Feb. 4-6 to become career and financially ready during their second Financial Awareness Week.

Academic coaches in the CAFE program informed students about the opportunities available. Scheduling one-on-one appointments with academic coaches is a great way to help students plan future financial and career priorities. Another way to kickstart future plans is by hosting Financial Awareness Week.

The awareness week involves more than eighty presentations from guest speakers on financial and career advice. Students attended the events to learn about credit, personal finance and budgeting.

Partnered with and sponsored by University Federal Credit Union, the CAFE program provides a $500 scholarship to a randomly selected student who attends Financial Awareness Week. For every event a student goes to, the higher the chance is for their name to be chosen.

The first winner of the scholarship was Gloria Cubos, health information and management junior, who heard about the Financial Awareness Week from a mass email. She learned it was important to take advantage of the career and financial opportunities given to students on campus.

“As you get older, you realize you have to start depending on yourself,” Cubos said. “Being in college is a great way and opportunity to start adulting.”

CAFE provides students with information on anything revolving around career readiness and financial knowledge.

Terrance McClain, Student Development Specialist for CAFE, oversees the events during Financial Awareness Week and offers academic coaching opportunities to students.

“My goal (for CAFE) is to have more students schedule one-on-one appointments,” McClain said. “We absolutely know students want to learn about (financial and career) information.”

According to McClain, there is a designated coach for every college, so students can receive the information they need to better accommodate them in their field of work.

Scheduling near-to-peer sessions can help students feel comfortable talking about stressful subjects like finances and career readiness. Students get to talk to other graduate-coaches of the same field to start preparing their soft-skills for the workforce.

Nicole Lengley, applied sociology senior, is an intern for CAFE. Lengley assists with social media and marketing management.

“This program has great potential,” Lengley said “Students should take advantage of every resource offered (by CAFE).”

Lengley used the help of an academic coach at CAFE to help assess her future after graduation. She encourages students to do the same if they feel unsure about their career and how to be successful.

The program hosts other events like Career Readiness Institute Symposium, taking place Feb. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will learn how to prepare themselves for the workforce and take steps to complete a career readiness certificate.

Reservations for the event can be made on the events tab located on the Texas State CAFE page.

The CAFE office is located on the second floor of Commons Dining Hall. Appointments with academic coaches at Career and Financial Education can be scheduled online on the Texas State University website.

Stay up-to-date with CAFE by checking out its social media handles, @TXSTCAFE.

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