The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Education

June 2, 2014

CHS students honored for financial literacy

CLINTON — Gateway State Bank and Clinton High School educators recently honored more than 100 graduates from the Iowa Financial Literacy program.

The program is a financial education course designed to empower young people in making sound financial decisions.

Gateway State Bank President Gary Saelens said this partnership with Clinton High School has provided students with critical financial literacy education.

“We are committed to giving students the tools to build a better financial future and we are proud to bring this innovative program to area schools.”

The high school course offered more than six hours of programming with 10 units in a variety of financial topics, including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other concepts.

Duncan Winoski, a Clinton High School student, said this program has allowed him to apply the lessons to his life.

“With this new financial knowledge, I feel better prepared for my future,” Winoski said.

The web-based program is brought to schools at no cost.

The course tracks student knowledge gains as well as changes in attitudes and behaviors about these issues. The program tracks the progress and performance of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy.

The event honoring students featured statements from Saelens, Associate Principal Brian Galusha, Financial Literacy teacher Danny Pataska and student representatives who completed the program.

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