HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Economic Education (CEE) is helping educators discover easy approaches to teaching K-12 students about personal finance and economics. Through support from First Financial Bank, the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission and NKU’s 2020 NKU Innovation Challenge, 40 educators who apply by June 25 can receive scholarships and attend the program for free.
NKU’s Teaching Financial Literacy program is designed to equip educators the tools and skills to teach their students financial literacy concepts and pass a new state requirement for graduation. Housed in the Haile/US Bank College of Business, CEE’s professional development is the only training opportunity of its kind available in the Commonwealth.
The CEE aligned the program with national and state education standards. The fully online curriculum lasts four weeks and begins in July. After completing the program, educators can apply to teach NKU’s financial literacy course at their high schools—allowing students to meet the mandate while earning college credits.
The successful collaborations continue paving the way for more high schoolers to meet the new standards before graduating. Nearly 250 students from northern Kentucky communities earned college credits through the CEE’s program last year, with more than 30% enrolling at NKU.
The CEE is also partnering with Kentucky Campus Compact to help train college coaches who work directly with students in rural communities. The goal is to increase financial literacy education and open the possibility of a college degree to students who may not have had NKU on their radar.
For more information on NKU’s Center for Economic Education and participating in the Teaching Financial Literacy program, visit its website.