PERS 3 classes offered

Bill McGrath, from the International City/County Management Association Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC), will present a series of classes in May to WSU classified staff who participate in PERS 3. McGrath’s classes will address two topics – investment options and retirement benefit distributions. They will be 90 minutes long and offered on the Spokane, TriCities and Pullman campuses. For more information, contact Jan M. Rauk, associate director of Benefit Services at or 335-2523.

* The Investment Options class informs participants of the choices they have between two investment programs: the Washington State Investment Program or the Self-Directed Investment Program. Although participants can contribute to only one at a time, they can have assets in both programs; AND they can move any portion from one program to the other. In each program, there are various investment funds representing diversified portfolios.

* In the Retirement Benefit Distributions class, participants learn about making withdrawals from their defined contribution money once they separate from all PERS-covered employment or officially retire from WSU. Payment of these funds may be taken under a variety of payment plans, including installments, lump sums or rollovers, which can be designed to fit specific retirement goals.

Classes will be:

May 12, WSU Spokane: Investments, 11 a.m., Phase 1 Bldg. 118; Distributions, 1:30 p.m., Health Science 110A.

May 13, WSU Tri-Cities: Investments, 11 a.m. West Bldg. 230; Distributions, 2 p.m., West Bldg. 230.

May 14, WSU Pullman: Distributions, 8 a.m., Lighty 405; Investments, 10 a.m., Lighty 405; Distributions, 1 p.m., Lighty 405.

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