KLCAS housing counselor and education programs manager Michelle Scott is excited to be able to offer the On Track classes to a new segment of the population.
"We're just thrilled to bring this to the community," she said.
The class, which offers basic budgeting, consumer protection, and credit basics, helps lead students to financial independence. It also opens doors to other financial fitness classes, credit counseling, and pre-purchase classes for future homeowners, and home buyer savings programs, Scott said.
Mary Ruiz, the part-time Hispanic education coordinator, started at KLCAS in May, and has since translated all the On Track education materials to Spanish, Scott said. Ruiz will teach the first Hispanic On Track class in Merrill later this month.
Through the On Track class, the "seed is planted" about buying a house, Scott said, and the new Spanish language classes could lead to higher minority homeownership. For many migrant families, that's part of the American Dream, she said.
"That's really exciting," she said. "It's the dream."
Overall, the classes will help people learn skills to be financially stable and sustainable, she said, adding that she's pleased that the local Hispanic community will now have access to the same opportunities.
"Every level of skill sets can come to these classes," Scott said.
For more information about KLCAS and its programs, visit the website www.klcas.org or call 541-882-3500.