Archive for October, 2011
On October 27th, 2011, students in the career and technical education programs at WTI were introduced to the concepts of financial literacy, budgeting, and wise use of financial products by guest speaker Kimberly Darby, Vice President and Cashier of Brannen Banks of Florida (shown above). Co-facilitator was WTI Media Specialist Jeane DeFelice.
Financial literacy is not only a requirement for life, it’s a requirement for WTI career and technical education students. The Florida Essential Skills, which include academic foundations, communications, ethics, employability and career development, and financial literacy, are integrated into the standards and benchmarks of career and technical education programs. These skills represent the knowledge and abilities vital to success in careers in every career cluster as identified by the State of Florida. You can view all of these skills here: http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/dwdframe/rtf/essential_skills.rtf
The financial literacy component of these skills call for students to be able to, among other skills, describe the effect of money management on personal and career goals and to develop a personal budget and financial goals. Financial health and literacy are goals students should continuously strive to reach, and the introduction to these goals are just one of many essential skills WTI teaches to its students.
The teen parents, whose educational program is headquartered at WTI, learned about financial literacy today from an expert in the field – Kim Darby, Senior Vice President and Cashier of Brannen Banks of Florida.
Mrs. Darby discussed with the male and female students the need to create a budget, tips on how to save money, why one needs to balance one’s checkbook, as well as many other topics relating to banking and finance.
The format of the seminar was informal. Students were able to ask questions that concerned and interested them. Mrs. Darby answered their questions or referred them to another business or agency if the question was beyond her knowledge base.
In general, teen parents and their children are statistically known to be at high risk for living in poverty. It is hoped that by providing the students with the tools they need to be financially literate, they will avoid making poor financial choices in the future.
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10:00 am to 11:15 am and 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
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