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Iowa State Savings Bank of Creston, ISU Extension Provide Financial Literacy Teacher Training


CRESTON, Iowa -- Local educators have the opportunity to attend a three-day financial literacy teacher training workshop on the Iowa State University (ISU) campus this summer thanks to a donation from Iowa State Savings Bank (ISSB) to ISU Extension, through the ISU Foundation.

ISSB is providing scholarships to eight middle or high school educators to attend the “Family Economics and Financial Education” training July 14-16. This training will provide teachers the skills and confidence to teach financial education in middle and high schools. 

Scholarships will include all of the training expenses, including the course fee, a copy of the “Take Charge of Your Finances” semester course curriculum and the “Best Practices” facilitation binder, with teaching tips for each lesson. The scholarships also include two days of room and board on the ISU campus.

Karl W. Knock, ISSB executive vice president and chairman, announced the scholarship program Monday, May 3.

“We’re providing professional educators the opportunity to learn about and adopt a research-based, effective curriculum across several adjacent school districts at a time when every district is thinking about how to meet the related components of the new, state curriculum mandates in this area,” Knock said. “Ultimately, our goal is to empower the next generation to be financially literate and capable of making wise consumer decisions.”

ISSB banker Beverly Kinker will attend the training and provide ongoing support to schools in her job as ISSB’s financial literacy coordinator. She directs ISSB’s bank-in-the-school program in Lenox and is a personal banker.

“Developing financial competency in the communities we serve is something we identify as part of our role as community bankers. This appears to be a good way to help the schools at a time they are gearing up to meet the new core curriculum mandates,” Kinker said.

The training is available to up to eight educators in the following southern Iowa school districts: Creston, Lenox, Corning, Prescott, Diagonal, Mount Ayr, East Union and Orient-Macksburg. Participants will be selected on a first-to-register basis. 

For more information about the application process or to request an application, please e-mail Iowa State University Extension Continuing Education and Professional Development Registration Services at cepd-info@iastate.edu, or phone 515-294-6222.                                                                     


Contacts :

Beverly Kinker, ISSB Lenox Office, 641-333-2111

Christopher Weishaar, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-1327, cweishaa@iastate.edu

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