Houston Community College System Central College
Biographical Sketch: Joel Philistin is a Financial Coach with Houston Community College. As a Financial Coach, he seeks to educate students on financial literacy. For Joel, financial literacy is more than budgeting a checkbook. As a first generation college graduate, he knows it’s about completing the FAFSA on time, understanding student loans, searching for scholarships, and sometimes accessing public benefits to make ends meet. His goal is to help students achieve student success and ultimately greater economic opportunity. Among his many accomplishments, Joel has received a Telly Award for writing content for HCC’s Student Loan Debt Challenge, was recognized with the Rising Star Award by the Houston Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, and recently was honored to receive the Chancellor’s Excellence Award in January 2018. Joel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kean University.