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How to navigate Medicare.Gov and the Medicare Plan Finder Websites


with John Holland, Windham/Raymond Adult Education

Calendar Next available session starts Dec 15, 2020 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Are you someone who is comfortable going online to shop, or bank, or do your own research when making a purchase? Did you know that indications are that many Americans will spend more time researching a product or service than they will understanding their HealthCare Insurance option? If you are new to Medicare or, if you are considering looking for a more effective and appropriate Medicare Plan for yourself or a loved one, this course is for you. In this session you will be introduced to the most used tool on Medicare.Gov, the modernized Medicare Plan Finder. This newly designed and updated online web portal has many of the same features that you’ve used on most of the popular online shopping sites, such as enhanced search criteria, plans by name, plans at the lowest cost, and more. This tool will allow you to view online, in real-time, all the approved Medicare Advantage Plans (MAPs) and all the Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) that are available to you in your area. This course will focus primarily on navigating the Medicare.Gov website. This session will also show you how to create your own MyMedicare account and will have an in-depth review of the features and functionality of the Medicare Plan Finder. This will allow you to do your own personalized search for plans that best meet your Medicare insurance needs.

This one hour course is generously offered free of charge by the Southern Maine Area on Aging, donations to SMAAA are always gratefully accepted.

Instructor: John Holland, Certified SMP/SHIP
Section I: Tuesday, 9/15, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Section II: Tuesday, 10/20, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Section III: Tuesday, 11/17, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Section IV: Tuesday, 12/15, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Online via Zoom
Fee: Free

Medicare 101 - 1.11.21


with Anna Moorman, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Calendar Jan 11, 2021 at 5 pm, runs for 1 week

Anna and Jo-Ann, of Allen Insurance & Financial, are licensed insurance agents specializing in Medicare.They will help answer questions including: What does Medicare cover? What does Medicare NOT cover? When can I enroll in Medicare? What is a Medicare Advantage plan? What is a Medicare Supplement plan?

Foundations of Investing


with Fred Diehl, York Adult Education

Calendar Next available session starts Jan 12, 2021 at 6 pm

This overview of investing includes key terms and types of investments, the basic features of bonds, stocks, packaged investments, and the importance of asset allocation.  Register here to receive the livestream link.

CERTIFICATE Accounting & Finance for Non-Financial Managers


with U Got Class LERN, Sanford Community Adult Education

Calendar Next available session starts Feb 1, 2021 , runs for 12 weeks
4 additional sessions through Sep 7, 2021

Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. The Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers explains the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses and will provide practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and career. First, get a foundation to understand the seven steps in the accounting cycle and use financial information in decision making. Come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance.   Then find out what you need to know about cash.  Cash is the non-financial manager who really makes a difference in the day-to-day cash activities. Discover how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Finally, acquire advanced knowledge on the financial information that drives your organization. See how business reports are assessed and analyzed.  An understanding of this information will help you make smart decisions when it comes to budgeting, setting goals, and assessing performance within your own area of influence.  Learn to use financial information in decision-making.

This includes three classes which may be taken individually or grouped as a certificate:

          Account & Finance for Non-Financial Managers -  $195

          Cash is King - $195

          Financial Analysis & Planning - $195

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Social Security Retirement Workshop
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Social Security Retirement Workshop


with Lee Ann Mahar, Five Town CSD Adult & Community Education

Calendar Feb 3, 2021 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week

This popular class is an informative session to discuss all issues related to filing for Social Security and/or Medicare benefits.

The Basics of Bookkeeping


with U Got Class LERN, Sanford Community Adult Education

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 1, 2021 , runs for 4 weeks

How do you keep track of the day-to-day financial transactions of a business!  Whether you're looking to advance in your career, or you're a business owner, this course will help you understand the numbers.  Learn how to record, every penny that comes into and goes out of your business.  Create a chart of accounts that meet your needs.  Even if you outsource your bookkeeping needs, you should still have a basic understanding of what happens with the money earned and the money spent!  Learn where the numbers go, and why!

Accounting Fundamentals
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Accounting Fundamentals

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with ed 2go, Kittery Adult Education

Demand for accounting professionals currently exceeds supply. If you're interested in increasing your financial awareness while also gaining a marketable skill, this course is for you. You'll learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, as well as how to analyze and record financial transactions. You'll get hands-on experience with handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities. We'll cover all the bases, from writing checks to preparing an income statement and closing out accounts at the end of each fiscal period. Whether you're a sole proprietor looking to manage your business finances or you simply want to gain an understanding of accounting basics for career advancement or for personal use, this course will give you a solid foundation in financial matters.

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Manage Your Money
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Manage Your Money


with Sarah Joy Chaples, Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

This is a free series of classes offered through New Ventures Maine. We usually hold these classes in-person, but, for now, they are available online.

New Ventures Maine (NVME) can help you:

Learn to budget

Repair your credit

Create a savings plan

Our core financial education class is My Money Works. 

Other trainings:

Budgeting Basics

Let’s Talk About Credit

Build Your Savings

Your Money Personality

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