ST. PAUL, Minn. (5/3/2010) —University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Credit Union Network will hold eight teacher trainings throughout Minnesota during the month of June.
Teaching Financial Education Today trainings will address the new Credit CARD Act of 2009, decision-making skills and integrating these topics into the High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) curriculum.
Signed into law in May 2009, the Credit CARD Act limits when issuers of consumer credit cards can increase interest rates and bans billing and payment practices that the Federal Reserve deems "unfair" or "deceptive."
Lori Hendrickson, Extension educator in family resource management, says young people are very interested in financial issues. "According to a recent study by the bank Capital One,76 percent of teens say they want to learn the basics of personal finance now because it will help them make better financial decisions down the road," Hendrickson added.
The trainings will focus on using the HSFPP curriculum and a variety of learner-centered teaching techniques to make the topics relevant. The trainings are appropriate for teachers, credit union staff and agency staff teaching youth.
The following dates and locations are planned in Minnesota:
June 14- Hermantown
June 15- Marshall
June 16- St. Paul and Morris
June 17- Brooklyn Center
June 22- Grand Rapids and Chaska
June 23- Mankato
June 24- Sandstone and Rochester
June 29- St. Cloud and Mahnomen
The cost for participation is $30, with an additional $10 for optional credits. Those interested in attending the trainings can register at www.extension.umn.edu/go/1028. To learn more about Extension's Youth & Money program, visit www.extension.umn.edu/Youth&Money.
Source: Lori Hendrickson, family resource management educator with University of Minnesota Extension, email: email@example.com