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Financial Planning Classes

SamCERA’s free financial planning classes can help you learn more about financial planning, taxes, retirement, and more. Get the skills you need to take control of your financial future. These classes count toward your 20-hour training target.

Step-by-Step Class Registration

County Employees:

To register, follow the instructions below.

  1. Head to the LMS site via the County’s Okta single sign-on.
  2. Click on”LMS”.
  3. Browse the course offerings by selecting “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab or search by the course name.
  4. Click on the course you’d like to register for, and then select “Request.” LMS will then send you a confirmation email.

Need more help enrolling? Contact your department’s LMS administrator. If your administrator is unavailable, please call SamCERA at (650)599-1234, or email samcera@samcera.org.

Court, Mosquito District and Library Employees:

Email SamCERA, at samcera@samcera.org, to make your request. Please provide the name and date for the class(es) you would like to attend.

Event

Tax Planning Strategies for the Intermediate to Advanced Tax Payer (Online)

Course Information

Location: Online Webinar

Instructor Bio:

Keith Dorney, CFP® has been an instructor with Financial Knowledge since the year 2000. Conducting personal finance seminars is a natural extension of his previous career helping NFL players with financial planning. His years of experience and engaging smile make his classes truly enjoyable.  

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

How to Choose Financial Professionals

Course Information

Location: 455 County Center, Room 101 – Redwood City, CA

Instructor Bio:

Andrea Roland, CFP® has been in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. Originally from New Zealand, her world experiences and zest for life make for an engaging and entertaining class experience.

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Successful Retirement Living

Course Information

Location: 455 County Center, Room 101 – Redwood City, CA

Instructor Bio:

Keith Dorney, CFP® has been an instructor with Financial Knowledge since the year 2000. Conducting personal finance seminars is a natural extension of his previous career helping NFL players with financial planning. His years of experience and engaging smile make his classes truly enjoyable.  

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Money Management (Online)

Course Information

Location: Online Webinar

Participants will learn how to make better spending decisions, get out of debt, build and maintain a good credit record and stay on track with their financial goals.

Highlights:

  • Construct and prioritize a set of realistic financial goals
  • Utilize a spending plan to forecast and track monthly expenditures
  • Avoid common spending traps that hinder successful goal achievement
  • Uncover easy and creative ways to save
  • Understand the importance of establishing an emergency fund
  • Learn how to whittle down credit card and other debt quickly
  • Discover how to stay out of debt and develop wise credit habits
  • Identify important credit card terms used in disclosure statements and agreements
  • Review current credit reporting laws
  • Assess the meaning of credit scores and how they are compiled
  • Learn how to correct mistakes on your credit report

Instructor Bio:

Keith Dorney, CFP® has been an instructor with Financial Knowledge since the year 2000. Conducting personal finance seminars is a natural extension of his previous career helping NFL players with financial planning. His years of experience and engaging smile make his classes truly enjoyable.  

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Understanding Social Security and Medicare

Course Information

Location: 455 County Center – Room 101, Redwood City, CA 94063

Learn how to sign-up and receive Medicare and Social Security benefits and how to integrate and maximize those benefits when planning for retirement.

Highlights: 

  • Learn how to check income history and estimate future Social Security benefits at ssa.gov
  • Evaluate Social Security filing strategies while considering your own unique circumstances
  • Understand how benefits are calculated and the effects on your fixed monthly payment
  • Aggregate Social Security’s cost of living adjustments and possible delayed retirement credits into your retirement planning
  • Master Medicare terminology and the different ways to receive Medicare benefits
  • Establish your projected Medicare sign-up date in line with your retirement plans

Instructor Bio:

Louise Wen, CFP® has always had a passion for helping others understand complex financial topics. Before joining Financial Knowledge in 2014, she helped clients improve their finances through financial literacy classes as well as private coaching at non-profits and community organizations.

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Estate Planning – Understanding the Basics

Course Information

Location: 455 County Center – Room 101, Redwood City, CA 94063

Participants will gain a better understanding of the estate planning process. They will learn about an easy three-step process to set up an estate plan. In addition, this course will help simplify the terminology used by the financial planning and legal professions.

Course materials and instructions will be emailed to all registered members 1-2 days before the date of the class.

Highlights: 

  • Discuss important reasons for estate planning
  • Determine ways property can be transferred upon death
  • Recognize important features of wills
  • Identify methods that avoid probate
  • Discuss the various ways assets can be titled

Instructor Bio:

Keith Dorney, CFP® has been an instructor with Financial Knowledge since the year 2000. Conducting personal finance seminars is a natural extension of his previous career helping NFL players with financial planning. His years of experience and engaging smile make his classes truly enjoyable.

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Financial Planning for Your Future

Course Information

Location: 455 County Center, Room 101 – Redwood City, CA 

Instructor Bio:

Louise Wen, CFP® has always had a passion for helping others understand complex financial topics. Before joining Financial Knowledge in 2014, she helped clients improve their finances through financial literacy classes as well as private coaching at non-profits and community organizations. 

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Creating and Managing Wills and Trusts

Course Information

Location: 455 County Center – Room 101, Redwood City, CA 94063

Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of wills and trusts in estate planning, focusing on understanding probate and estate taxation in order to set up and manage trusts more effectively.

Highlights: 

  • Explain the reasons for setting up wills and trusts
  • Review the many ways an estate can be transferred
  • Describe seven essential objectives a will can accomplish
  • Determine seven common reasons to establish a trust
  • Analyze many different types of trusts including: living, family, charitable, life insurance,testamentary, and other trusts

Instructor Bio:

Louise Wen, CFP® has always had a passion for helping others understand complex financial topics. Before joining Financial Knowledge in 2014, she helped clients improve their finances through financial literacy classes as well as private coaching at non-profits and community organizations.

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

Event

Building Your Wealth

Course Information

Location: 455 County Center, Room 101 – Redwood City, CA 

Instructor Bio:

Andrea Roland, CFP® has been in the financial services industry for nearly 20 years. Originally from New Zealand, her world experiences and zest for life make for an engaging and entertaining class experience.

How to Register:

County Employees: Register on LMS via OKTA. This class can count toward your annual 20-hour training target!

Court, Mosquito District & Library Employees: Register on LMS here. If you do not have access or experience any issues, email njeong@samcera.org with the name and date of the class that you would like to attend.

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