League and Foundation Reach 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 Tuesday, reaching 130 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, Lakehurst Naval FCU, and the New Jersey Credit Union League manned the lifestyle booths and provided financial counseling along with faculty and staff from the school.

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This 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.

Seven classes came to the school’s gymnasium for a brief orientation and then were set loose 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 tenth 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.

   April 12, 2019 – Rutgers University Sponsored by Rutgers FCU (Busch Campus)

   April 16, 2019 – Veteran's Memorial Intermediate School Sponsored by Bay Atlantic FCU (Vineland)

   May 9, 2019 –  Bridgeton High School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Bridgeton)

   May 15, 2019 – Cumberland Regional High School Sponsored by Members 1st of NJ FCU (Bridgeton)

   May 22, 2019 – Woodstown High School Sponsored by Thunderbolt Area FCU (Woodstown)

   May 29, 2019 – Hanover Park High School Sponsored by Visions FCU (East Hanover)

   June 4, 2019 – Ramapo High School Sponsored by Visions FCU (Franklin Lakes)

   June 11, 2019 – Wallace School Sponsored by Bay Atlantic FCU (Vineland)