Credit Improvement Sessions Offered by TAMIU’s SIFE

Credit Improvement Sessions
Offered at TAMIU

Anyone interested in learning how to repair their credit will want to make plans to attend credit improvement workshops sponsored by Texas A&M International University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). The next session is scheduled for Friday, July 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. in TAMIU’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 116.

The sessions are free and open to the public.

“The topic for these conference was selected because Laredo is 60 – 80 points below the national average in credit scores and the most affected group is 18 to 30-year-olds. We want to help the community to increase their credit score by making the right decisions,” explained Miguel Chávez, SIFE member.

“Make Your Credit Work for You,” an explanation on the different options in credit cards available, will be presented by Elizabeth Nochebuena, assistant vice-president, Falcon International Bank. Participants will also learn how to choose the best card for their needs. The basic points of the foreclosure problem will also be covered.

The last session is scheduled for Friday, July 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. in TAMIU’s Western Hemispheric Trade Center, room 116.

In “Fix Your Credit. Learn How,” Anna Rocha, certified credit counselor, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater San Antonio, will explain simple steps to credit history for those who have already made some mistakes.

The TAMIU SIFE mission is to prepare students for leadership roles through participation in quality programs. It utilizes border economics to create innovative projects that will empower, educate, and enhance the quality of life in the culturally diverse community of Laredo. The TAMIU Chapter first formed in 2005.

TAMIU SIFE has developed various programs mainly targeting low- to mid-income individuals, taught in both English and Spanish, with an audience ranging from first-grade children to adults, presented free of charge by volunteer TAMIU students dedicated to the economic development of Laredo.
Projects have included education and financial advice for families to improve credit scores and comprehensive child development and early education programs for low-income participants.

TAMIU-SIFE has helped approximately 700 community members, from first grade children to adults and hopes to help hundreds more.

For more information, contact Dr. Andrés Rivas, TAMIU A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business Sam Walton Fellow at 326.2484 or Chávez at miguelchavez20@dusty.tamiu.edu

For more information on SIFE, visit sife.org

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