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Revised Junior Achievement curriculum to increase financial literacy

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Wilmington, Del. Junior Achievement of Delaware, in partnership with Capital One, t announced the launch of a redeveloped digital curriculum and accompanying technology for the Junior Achievement Finance Park program,. The initiative will give Wilmington middle and high school students personal finance tools and digital skills to help them succeed in today’s technology-driven economy.

“As we work to prepare Delaware students to succeed in the new economy, smart investments in our children and their education will help to ensure they have a solid foundation for college and careers,” said Governor Jack Markell.

The digital curriculum and custom software were made possible by a grant from Capital One. The reimagined experience begins in the classroom with three weeks of redesigned classroom curriculum, taught by students’ teachers and providing the building blocks of personal finance education.

Students will then put their skills to the test when they leave behind their lives as teenagers and become adults with careers, families, salaries, and financial obligations in the fully digital, innovative, hands-on environment of Junior Achievement Finance Park in Wilmington.

Finance Park participants will make decisions using tablet computers on buying a home, purchasing and maintaining a vehicle, budgeting for student loans and health care expenses, and choosing child care, among other decisions designed to prepare them for the future. They will engage in real-world financial activities such as online banking and paying bills via the new tablets, also provided by Capital One.

“The redevelopment of the JA Finance Park curriculum in Wilmington will equip students with the opportunity to learn real-world money management skills and the tools they need to ensure their future financial success, through the technology they’re accustomed to using,” said Rob Eppes, President of Junior Achievement of Delaware. “Our focus on financial literacy education at this critical learning period develops a diverse talent pool that will be in demand for tomorrow’s workforce in the Wilmington region.”

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