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WVU Center for Financial Literacy and Education receives grant for financial literacy conference

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics is holding a Finance University Boot Camp to provide K through 12 teachers with in-depth understanding of the components of financial education with a focus on investor education topics.

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This boot camp is made possible by a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo to the Center for Financial Literacy and Education.

“Helping the next generation succeed financially is both pertinent to their own success as well as the communities that surround them. Wells Fargo is proud to support a program that provides educators with the resources needed to improve their financial literacy programming,” said Justin Southern, a Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors. Wells Fargo Advisors is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC and a separate, non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

Naomi Boyd, Fred T. Tattersall Chair of Finance and director of the Center for Financial Literacy and Education, said the grant is a perfect fit for the Center.

“We are grateful for partners like Wells Fargo who help us to expand financial literacy throughout the state and surrounding region,” Boyd said. “With subjects of managing money and student loan debt part of daily conversation, financial literacy is more important than ever. We aim to give these educators the tools to prepare our state’s youth and create impactful lessons for generations to come.”

Finance University Boot Camp will address topics such as budgeting, saving, investing, investment fraud and financial planning. Representatives from Wells Fargo will be presenting their hands-on banking curriculum that will cover banking basics, credit and asset acquisition. Teachers in attendance will also explore interactive learning activities and classroom materials to enrich their curriculum provided by EVERFI and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The event will be held Nov. 14 through 16 and is free of charge to primary and secondary educators in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and D.C.

Finance University is a weeklong summer program by WVU’s Center for Financial Literacy and Education. The Center is currently increasing efforts to expand its impact through this supplemental weekend program.

“The boot camp provides an opportunity to reach a larger audience, including educators who cannot participate in longer programs because of time, travel or other constraints,” Boyd said. “Rather than expecting educators to come to us, we are bringing programs to different regions of the state, offering an opportunity for them to participate in training and resource development for their curriculum.”

The event will be held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown and will kick off with an opening dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The seminar begins Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP. For additional information, contact Amanda Hall at 304.293.7885 or aghall@mail.wvu.edu.

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CONTACT: Brittany Murray

Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
(304) 293-5927; brittany.murray@mail.wvu.edu

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