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For Immediate Release
July 08, 2004 Contact: Cheryl Weiss
(608) 264-7875


Educators to Learn Wealth-Building Facets of Personal Finance

(Madison) A group of 50 Wisconsin teachers will learn how saving and investing can build wealth and financial security during the second session of the 2004 Wisconsin Institute of Financial and Economic Education. The program entitled, Saving, Investing and Insurance, will run July 12-16, 2004 at Edgewood College and is filled to capacity with educators from around the state. The Wisconsin Jump$tart Coalition presents The Wisconsin Institute in order to train educators in teaching their students about personal finance, money management and economics and help the teachers themselves to become better money managers.

Program topics for Saving, Investing and Insurance include the economic way of thinking, the National Association of Investors Corporation approach to investing and how to build a financial safety net through insurance. The session also includes a tour of Milwaukee's financial district with visits to Robert W. Baird & Co. and Northwestern Mutual.

"Wisconsin students and the state's economy are the ultimate benefactors of this program," said DFI Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann. "We are happy to take a leadership role with the Institute and we look forward to its continued success. I encourage all teachers involved with personal finance and economics to attend these sessions. They provide outstanding value along with excellent content," added Secretary Heinemann.

The Wisconsin Institute results from a major collaborative effort among several key private and public partners who share a common goal of promoting financial literacy in Wisconsin. Host sponsor for the 2004 programs is the CBM Credit Education Foundation, Inc. Other major sponsors include Edgewood College, Northwestern Mutual and the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. The Institute features top-notch instructors with national and local experience in the financial industry from both the public and private sector and includes a wealth of relevant teaching strategies, lesson plans and practical materials that fit today's financial climate.

The final Wisconsin Institute session this year, Credit and Money, will run August 2-4, 2004 and some spaces still remain open for it. Anyone interested in attending the Credit and Money program should contact Teresa Walker at DFI at 608-267-1713 or email her at teresa.walker@dfi.state.wi.us.