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Gain Financial Independence with "Next Step"

If you’re like most of us, you know someone who needs help getting a job or enrolling in school. Perhaps you need to pay off debt and get your credit score back on track. These financial woes can disappear with the help of a free local service called Next Step.

Next Step will help you create goals to get financially independent, so you don’t have to worry about living paycheck to paycheck. One of the benefits of this free service is having a financial coach to help you reach those goals.

“Our job is to be a referring agent. We see what your need is, address the need and find out how we can help you,” said Janice Tamplin, associate director of Next Step. “We want to see you get a job, save money and pay your loans back."

By reaching your financial goals, you’ll increase your net worth, improve your credit score, find a job and establish a relationship with financial institutions. And Next Step plans to help you achieve this in less than two years.

In addition, Next Step will help you enroll in courses, giving you accessibility to HCC’s College Navigator program and to campus liaisons who can provide one-on-one support to help you discover your interests and skills as you pursue your educational path.

Next Step is a collaborative effort through Heartland Community College, Mid Central Community Action, United Way of McLean County and the University of Illinois College of Law--organizations which have strategically joined forces to provide the resources you need to achieve financial independence.

The program provides you with all of its services in two convenient locations, Heartland Community College at 1500 W. Raab Rd. in Normal and Mid Central Community Action at 1301 W. Washington St. in Bloomington.

For more information or to get started in the Next Step program, call (309) 268-8062.

For more information about Heartland Community College, visit www.heartland.edu.