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Center to Provide Career, Financial Learning

Center to Provide Career, Financial Learning

IN PHOTO (left to right): Dr. Susan May, president, Fox Valley Technical College; Michael Frohna, president, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin; Cathie Tierney, president/CEO, Community First Credit Union; and Amanda Secor, senior vice-president of Marketing, Community First Credit Union.

A new career exploration and financial literacy center is in the works, thanks to a partnership between Junior Achievement and Fox Valley Technical College, and a generous gift from Community First Credit Union.

To better prepare area kids to make sound financial and career decisions, Junior Achievement Wisconsin Winnebago Region is expanding its programming through a new Career Exploration & Financial Literacy Education Center on the FVTC campus in Appleton.

Community First Credit Union has provided the lead gift, pledging $500,000 to help establish the center and demonstrate its commitment to building financial literacy. Building on the successful model of Junior Achievement BizTown and Finance Park in Milwaukee, the initiative will extend programming and access to Northeast Wisconsin middle and high school students, serving an estimated 15,000 students each year.

The center will allow Junior Achievement and FVTC to work together to provide financial literacy instruction and career awareness with an emphasis on local careers and STEM education, and is scheduled to open in fall 2019.

Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has also pledged $200,000 towards the facility. Other donors include Galloway Company, Thrivent Financial, Festival Foods, the William A. Siekman Foundation and the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.   

The initiative was announced in a ceremony at Fox Valley Technical College on Wednesday, May 30.

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