USU Extension to offer cooking/finance classes for Spanish speakers (with Spanish audio)

<a href=”http://extension.usu.edu/foodsense/”>Utah State University Extension</a> will offer two classes for Spanish speakers in May. The first course, “Creaciones en la Cocina,” is a Latino adaptation of USU Extension’s popular <a href=”http://extension.usu.edu/foodsense/”>Food Sense</a> program. The second class, “Fortaleciendo tu Futuro Financiero,Clases de Educación Financiera,” teaches principles of financial literacy.

Program Coordinator Paloma Jensen said both classes are free of charge and open to the public, with free childcare available. Jensen enjoys helping Cache Valley’s Spanish-speaking community access these important resources.

“I like to work with the people and share ideas and experience about both subjects,” she said. “In every class, I learn a lot. It doesn’t matter if I hear the class many times. Every class, something is new, and we learn a lot together. The teachers love to share the information with the people. It’s so exciting!”

<strong>“Creaciones en la Cocina”</strong> begins on Wednesday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m. The 4-part series will also be held on May 10, 17, and 24. Instructors of the course are Celina Wille and Jensen.

“We cook different recipes from Peru, Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico,” Jensen said. “We’re going to learn what habits we can use to be healthy. It’s also an opportunity to get to know each other and feel more comfortable. In the kitchen we talk and laugh a lot. We do the class, and then at the end we do Zumba. It’s fun to do this!”

“Creaciones en la Cocina” will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, located at 725 S. 250 E. in Hyde Park.

<strong>“Fortaleciendo tu Futuro Financiero”</strong> is a three-part course which begins on Tuesday, May 9, and also takes place on May 16, and May 23. A family dinner is served free of charge during the first 30 minutes of class, after which children are excused to the nursery while their parents learn more about managing their finances from instructor Jorge Manan.

“We have amazing teachers,” Jensen said. “We’re going to learn how to make a budget, about taxes and how we can save money.”

Discussion topics also include:

<ul><li>How to obtain a credit score (Puntaje de crédito, como obtenerlo)</li><li>How to purchase a home more easily (Como comprar una casa de forma fácil)</li><li>Affordable insurance (Seguros baratos)</li></ul>

“It’s important because everyone should know, no matter what you do, that finance is important,” Jensen said. “The finance problem at home is that we lack the habits to manage our money. We should know how to do a budget at home, and then it’s something you can start to learn and then do the practice at home.”

“Fortaleciendo tu Futuro Financiero” takes place at Centro de la Familia, located at 316 N Gateway Drive in Providence.  For more information about the classes and/or to register, call 435-994-4896. 

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