Columbus Technical College is one of 250 schools nationwide to receive a special grant from H&R Block aimed at helping young people better control their finances. The “Dollars & Sense” curriculum grant includes interactive software and lesson plans that cover 18 real-world topics like budget management, handling taxes, avoiding credit card debt, saving, and even investing. Lessons learned from the Dollars & Sense program will bridge the gap and increase students’ financial fitness one classroom at a time.
The winning colleges were those who had the most votes in a recent online survey. Economic Development project coordinator for Columbus Technical College, Hope Snead, said the enthusiasm and support Columbus Tech received proved how much this program is needed and wanted. She teaches a certificate program called Financial Service Professional to high school students dually enrolled at CTC. There are students from four Muscogee high schools currently enrolled in the FSP course.
"This state of the art software will make managing finances for high school students a reality,” Snead said. “Thanks to all of the votes in the community, the dual enrollment classes will be enhanced to include lessons on how to save, spend, and give money a responsibility."
The software (http://www.knowledgematters.com/products/vbpf/) is due to arrive at the College on or around May 27th and will be incorporated into the curriculum for high school students taking classes at CTC, and for any other program/class who wants to use it, shortly thereafter.
Congratulations and thanks to all who voted!