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Professional development workshop on finance offered for teachers

Western Carolina University’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise will host a “Teach Personal Finance Like a Pro” workshop for teachers from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 1, at Hyatt Place in downtown Asheville.

In its second year, the free professional development workshop for teachers instructing middle school and high school is already filled, but a standby list has been started at Objectives are for participating educators to gain strategies for teaching students about personal finance, credit, saving and investing.

Edward J. Lopez

April is promoted as Financial Literacy Month by the National Endowment for Financial Education, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to inspiring empowered financial decision making for individuals and families.

“Western North Carolina is rich in talented educators. We’re excited to be able to offer this workshop and its resources and opportunities for them and the next generation of lifelong learners under their guidance,” said Edward Lopez, director of WCU’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise and professor of economics. “The overwhelming response to our second workshop demonstrates that our educators are hungry for opportunities and resources that will help them teach their students important life skills like financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The Center for the Study of Free Enterprise is honored to be able to bring together a group of experts from within our community to do just that.”

Sponsors include the North Carolina Council on Economic Education, State Farm Insurance, Wells Fargo, Champion Credit Union, Certell and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

For more information, contact Briton Bennett, project leader for economic education, at

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