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For Immediate Release
April 28, 2010 Contact: Charles Evenson


Governor Doyle Congratulates Wisconsin’s National Institute on 10th Anniversary

Registration open in teacher-training program for remaining 2010 slots

(Madison) Governor Doyle today congratulated the Wisconsin Jump$tart Coalition on the 10th anniversary of its acclaimed National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy (NIFEL). The NIFEL shows high school educators how to teach their students about money.

“The National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy is a tremendous resource to high school teachers who are laying the foundation for financial literacy,” Governor Doyle said. “I congratulate JumpStart on their nation-leading programs and thank them for 10 years of service to the people of Wisconsin.”

Wisconsin educators who have attended sessions have reached over 300,000 students in their classrooms. The NIFEL has registered over 1,000 enrollments since its inception. It has been designated “a recognized best practice for teacher training” by the Financial Literacy and Education Commission of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy takes the lead role in executing the NIFEL. The program features three five-day, graduate-level sessions. It attracts educators from around the country though the majority comes from Wisconsin. Each course includes a mix of lecture, interactive learning, moderated panel discussions and field trips to such places as the Chicago financial district. Presenters consist of national and local financial experts from academia, the media, government, business and nonprofits. They include several members of Governor Doyle’s Council on Financial Literacy.

Some slots remain open for the 2010 sessions—Edgewood College, Madison, serves as venue:

  • Paychecks, Financial Contracts and Entrepreneurship, June 21-25, 2010, focuses on life’s major financial transactions including home purchasing, car buying and entrepreneurship. Participants visit businesses created by Wisconsin entrepreneurs.
  • Investor Education, Economics and Insurance, July 12-16, 2010, deals with saving, investment basics, insurance choices and associated topics. It also includes a tour of Milwaukee’s financial district with a lunch at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network.
  • Credit and Money, August 2-6, 2010, covers consumer credit, budgeting, monetary policy and connected topics. It includes a tour of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago’s Federal Reserve Bank with an on-site luncheon at the bank.

Participants may earn three graduate credits for $600 per program (credit costs underwritten by the CBM Credit Education Foundation). The fee includes all meals, refreshments, materials, lodging and parking. Attendees may take the courses in the order that best fits their needs and schedule. An enrollment form is available from the DFI website at:

For more information about the NIFEL, contact David Mancl, Director of DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy at 608-261-9540 or email him at