Citizens Bank today announced its sponsorship of the LiFE program (Literacy in Financial Education), for high school students in Macon County High School and Red Boiling Springs High School. The bank purchased the financial literacy program for use in area high schools to help students, teachers, and communities gain better understanding about personal finance matters. This program will supplement the high schools’ Personal Finance course currently mandated by the state of Tennessee.
Through this public-private partnership, Citizens Bank is able to bring the award-winning EverFi Financial Literacy Platform to high school students. “The Citizens Bank LiFE program will provide the students with access to a cutting-edge curriculum that will enable them to become certified in financial literacy,” said Joe Carter, President of Citizens Bank. “The bank has made this commitment in our community because of our strong belief that if we can better educate the students of today, then they will be financially responsible citizens of tomorrow.”
The Citizens Bank LiFE program is a 10-module, 6-hour program that will be integrated into the current high school curriculum. The platform covers over 600 topics including credit scores, budgeting, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts. “The platform tracks individual student progress and knowledge gain and provides students who successfully complete the course with certification in financial literacy,’ said Doug Haehl, Marketing Coordinator for Citizens Bank. “This will be a powerful tool for job applications, college search, and internships.”
“Citizens Bank is looking forward to working with our Macon County Schools to best leverage this partnership and prepare our students for a successful tomorrow,” said Pete Williston, CEO of Citizens Bank. “In fact, the bank has purchased this service for not only Macon County and Red Boiling Springs high schools, but also for Westmoreland, Smith County, Gordonsville, Clay County, and Jackson County High Schools. We want as many students as possible in our area to have the opportunity to complete this program.”
“We, at the Macon County Board of Education, look forward to our students and teachers having access to the EverFi program,” said Margaret Oldham, Director of Schools. “So many of today’s students enter post secondary school and/or the workforce without a clear understanding of their monetary options as well as the pitfalls that often accompany them.
“This program will allow our teachers to supplement their instruction in various financial and economic classes to better prepare their students to manage their personal finances. We appreciate Citizens Bank’s sponsorship of this endeavor and value their constant commitment to our student’s academic lives.”