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MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Aptman
561-297-2980, japtman@fau.edu

FAU Receives $5,000 from State Farm for Financial Literacy Initiatives

Youth Learn Financial Literacy and Leadership Skills

BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 12, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business has received $5,000 from State Farm to provide financial literacy programming for local area educators.

“FAU appreciates State Farm’s generous contribution. One of the leading issues in secondary education today is promoting financial literacy,” said William Bosshardt, Ph.D., associate professor and director of FAU’s Center for Economic Education in the College of Business. “Training secondary school educators how to introduce this topic in their classes is the first step in promoting financial literacy in middle and high schools.”

The FAU Center for Economic Education will offer programs for K-12 teachers in local area schools to provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to be able to effectively teach personal finance concepts to students in an innovative way. The Center has recently offered similar programs that covered income, investing and insuring for students in secondary schools.

“We are proud to support FAU’s financial literacy initiatives in our local schools,” said Jose Soto, public affairs specialist at State Farm. “We remain committed to building stronger and better educated communities.”

For more information, contact William Bosshardt at 561-297-2908 or wbosshar@fau.edu.

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About State Farm®:
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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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