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Course details and registration information are available for a variety of educational mediums. You can even sort topics based on your current educational needs.

  

Retirement Planning

  • Presenter: Virginia Credit Union, Aaron Johnson, Members Financial Services Program Representative

    ">National Retirement Security Week: Women and Money Seminar – Join us for a session focused on steps women can take to help ensure a brighter financial future.
    Presenter: Virginia Credit Union, Aaron Johnson, Members Financial Services Program Representative

  • Presenter: Sherrel Addison, ICMA-RC Defined Contribution Plan Retirement Specialist

    ">National Retirement Security Week: Looking Ahead - Build Retirement Security – It's important to continue saving for retirement – even when other financial needs crop up. In this webinar, we'll discuss how to ensure that your future remains a priority even when life gets in the way.
    Presenter: Sherrel Addison, ICMA-RC Defined Contribution Plan Retirement Specialist

  • Presenter: Virginia Credit Union, Sylvia Watford, Senior Financial Education Specialist

    ">National Retirement Security Week: Adulting 101: Smart Choices to Succeed in Your Finances – This interactive workshop will cover money-management principles and the financial challenges facing millennials. You'll take an in-depth look at effective cash-flow management, understanding student loans and how to build a savings and investment plan.
    Presenter: Virginia Credit Union, Sylvia Watford, Senior Financial Education Specialist

  • Presenter: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, James Moores, Commonwealth of Virginia Account Manager

    ">National Retirement Security Week: Getting Value From Your Flexible Spending Accounts – Take advantage of tax-savings programs. Using pre-tax dollars to pay for a variety of eligible health care, qualifying medical expenses and dependent care expenses can save as much as 40 percent. Learn how.
    Presenter: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, James Moores, Commonwealth of Virginia Account Manager

  • Presenter: Minnesota Life, Joe Chang, Richmond Branch Manager

    ">National Retirement Security Week: Why Life Insurance Is Essential for Retirement Planning – Thinking about financial protection and retirement can seem overwhelming; yet, as life changes so does your financial situation. In this seminar we'll discuss how the Commonwealth's Group Life Insurance Program plays a role in preparing for retirement.
    Presenter: Minnesota Life, Joe Chang, Richmond Branch Manager

  • Are You on Track? – This presentation for current Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) educates you on your VRS membership and the importance of planning now for your future. Topics include an overview of your VRS benefits and optional programs, purchase of prior service and member resources such as our online self-service tool, myVRS.

  • Are You Ready to Retire? – This presentation for current Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) who are within five years of retirement guides you through important retirement decisions (such as when to retire and selecting a benefit payout option). Other topics include using myVRS and benefits after retirement.

  • Your Next Steps – This presentation for current Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) who are fewer than 12 months away from retirement walks you through the retirement application process. Topics include a timeline of action items, an overview of the required forms, post-retirement considerations (such as taxes and COLA) and your VRS resources after retirement.

  • Purchase of Prior Service – Considering purchasing prior service credit but not sure how it will impact your benefit or even if it's worth purchasing? Attend this webinar to learn more about the different types of prior service that can be purchased and credited to your service and how it affects your benefit. The webinar explains how to calculate the cost and the different methods of payment to choose from.

  • Hazardous Duty for Political Subdivisions – This webinar is for employees in VRS-covered positions who are eligible for enhanced hazardous duty benefits. Topics include eligibility and how other benefits, such as disability retirement and the purchase of prior service credit, affect enhanced hazardous duty.

  • Nearing Retirement Workshop – Planning to retire within the next five years? During this half-day workshop, industry professionals will share information to help you better prepare for the transition to retirement. Featured topics include social and psychological changes that accompany retirement, how to determine retirement costs and timing your Social Security benefit.

  • Building Retirement Security Workshop – Do you have financial goals? Perhaps you'd like to reduce your debt, start a family or establish a savings plan for a major purchase or retirement. Join us for this half-day workshop, featuring industry professionals who will cover a range of topics including credit and debt management, protecting your finances and retirement planning.

  • Reaching for the Horizon - Life in Retirement – You've worked hard, and now it's time to enjoy your retirement. With a little planning, you can ensure that you have financial resources for the things you need, and want, to do during your retirement. Join this webinar for a discussion of how to turn retirement assets into retirement security, estate planning for everyone and health care in retirement.

  • Starting Point - For Young Investors – When should you start saving for retirement? Now is a good time! As you begin your career, retirement should be something you save for along the way. Join us to learn about designing a budget, why you should start saving now, and investing basics.

  • Looking Ahead - Build Retirement Security – It's important to continue saving for retirement – even when other financial needs crop up. In this webinar, we'll discuss how to ensure that your future remains a priority even when life gets in the way. Join us to learn about designing a budget, why you should start saving now, and investing basics.

  • Eye on the Prize - Almost There! – Exciting times are ahead! As you approach the end of the accumulation phase of your career and into your spending phase of your life, you'll want to make sure the ride into retirement is a smooth one. In this webinar, we'll discuss how much retirement will cost, Social Security planning and our ready-to-retire checklist.


Financial Literacy

  • What's Financial Wellness? flash icon – Access money-management information, increase your knowledge of financial best practices and make sense of things like credit, insurance and taxes. Tips, tools and time-savers will help you on your way now and also prepare you for retirement.


Benefit Topics

  • VRS Overview – This presentation for current Plan 1 and Plan 2 members (hired before January 1, 2014) provides details on your benefits as a member of the Virginia Retirement System. Topics covered will include the value of your benefit, vesting and retirement eligibility and ways to enhance your benefit for retirement.

  • Benefit Payout Options – Did you know there are four payout options to choose from when retiring? Or maybe you're just not sure which payout option to select. Learn the basics of a service retirement: retirement eligibility; how a benefit is calculated; the payout options to choose from.

  • Health Insurance Credit – Health insurance for some tends to be the largest deduction from a retirement benefit. Did you know a portion of your health insurance premiums may be reimbursed to you as a retirement benefit? This webinar will provide information on the Health Insurance Credit. We will talk about who is eligible for this credit, how the credit is calculated and how to apply for it.