First Columbia Bank recently announced that they certified 157 students in financial literacy during the 2013-2014, school year, through the First Columbia Bank Financial Scholars Program. This program is an initiative to bring critical financial literacy education to high school students across their communities.  
 
First Columbia Bank has partnered with EverFi, Inc., the nation’s leading education technology company, to bring this interactive, web-based financial management program to high school students at Southern Columbia High School, Benton Middle-Senior High School, Millville Junior Senior High School, and Central Columbia High School- at no cost to the schools or taxpayers.  According to Bank officials, "an impressive 93% of students, who used this program in their classes, reached certification in financial management.  Furthermore, the students increased their scores by an average of 21% on the program’s post assessments compared to pre-assessment levels, signifying their mastery of complex financial topics such as financing higher education, taxes, budgeting and investing."
 
Southern Columbia Area High School has incorporated EverFi into its Problems of Democracy class.  "Not only do students learn financial literacy skills but they are also introduced to national and global economics," stated Principal Jim Becker.  According to Mr. Becker,  the program is graded and is factored into the marking period grade of each student.
 
Powered by EverFi technology, the web-based learning high school platform uses the latest in new media technologies – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars, and social networking – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. High school students become certified in over 200 topics in financial education, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens.
 
The Southern Columbia Area School District is very appreciative of the support it receives from the local business community. The District extends many thanks to First Columbia Bank for providing this valued program to our students which is helping them prepare for the many financial decisions and responsibilities that lie ahead.

 

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