League and Foundation Reach 500 Ocean County College First-Year Students Through Reality Fair Program

TOMS RIVER, N.J. – The New Jersey Credit Union Financial Reality Fair program visited Ocean County College Wednesday, reaching 500 first-year students with the award-winning program, which has now been integrated into the college's first-year class curriculum. Volunteers from ABCO FCU, Credit Union of New Jersey, Healthcare Employees FCU, Jersey Shore FCU, the New Jersey Credit Union League, and United Teletech Financial FCU manned the lifestyle booths and provided financial counseling along with faculty and staff from the school.

IMG 5246This is the fourth year that Ocean County College made the Reality Fair program a co-curricular requirement for the college’s First Year Experience course. Twenty one classes came to the Grunin Center for the Arts, the theater on campus, for a brief orientation and then were set loose in the gallery to build their hypothetical lifestyles, pretending they just graduated and have started working in an entry-level position in their field of study.

Some students managed to live within their means while others discovered some of their choices put them in the red. Each student reviewed their experience and choices with a financial counselor.

This is the nineth Reality Fair held at the main campus of the college.

Click here to see more photos from the Fair on the NJ CU Foundation page.

Upcoming Reality fairs are taking place on the dates below. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Marissa Anema at manema@njcul.org.

December 18, 2018 –  Manchester High School Sponsored by the Foundation (Manchester)

December 20, 2018 – Howard M. Phifer Middle School Sponsored by South Jersey FCU (Pennsauken)

January 16, 2019 – Mary E. Volz Middle School Sponsored by South Jersey FCU (Runnemede)

January 23, 2019 – Woodstown High School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Woodstown)
 
March 13, 2019 – Pitman Middle School Sponsored by ABCO FCU (Pitman)
 
March 20, 2019 – Millville Memorial High School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Millville)
 
March 27, 2019 – Millville Senior High School Sponsored by Thunderbolt Area FCU (Millville)
 
April 3, 2019 – Holy Spirit High School Sponsored by Jersey Shore FCU (Absecon)
 
April 12, 2019 – Rutgers University Sponsored by Rutgers FCU (Busch Campus)
 
April 16, 2019 – Veteran's Memorial Intermediate School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Vineland)
 
May 9, 2019 –  Bridgeton High School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Bridgeton)
 
May 22, 2019 – Woodstown High School Sponsored by Campbell EFCU (Woodstown)
 
June 11, 2019 – Wallace School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Vineland)
in NJ CU Foundation News