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Washington Federal Sponsors Financial Literacy Program
Published on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 (3:21 p.m.)SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Washington Federal, in partnership with the United Way of Southern Nevada, Citibank and EverFi, announce a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to high school students across Clark County Public Schools by providing them with access to the EverFiTM—Financial Literacy learning platform. This web-based program uses the latest in new media technology – Level 4 simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Through this platform, students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. Washington Federal has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the interactive financial management program to high school students at Mojave High School, Chaparral High School, Sunrise Mountain High School, Western High School, and Canyon Springs High School. The program is offered at no cost to the schools.
“Given today’s shifting economy, it is more important than ever that our young people acquire the financial skills they’ll need after they graduate,” said Victor Mizumori, Senior Vice President for Community Development at Washington Federal. “We are excited to offer students an innovative educational experience that uses current tools to teach them real life skills.”
The 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401K’s, and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with a Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.
“From the small rural towns to major cities across the US, EverFi technology is literally transforming how students learn, and we are incredibly grateful for the public-private partnerships that make this possible,” said EverFi CEO Tom Davidson. “Washington Federal is critical to the success of our mission to ensure that these cutting-edge tools reach all communities.”
About Washington Federal
Washington Federal, with headquarters in Seattle, Washington, operates 190 offices in eight western states. The Company offers residential real estate loans, commercial real estate financing, consumer deposit accounts, and business banking. To find out more about the Company, please visit our website. The Company uses its website to distribute financial and other material information about the Company, which is routinely posted on and accessible at www.washingtonfederal.com.
EverFi is the leading education technology platform company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills including Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, and Health and Wellness. The company is powering a national movement in 50 states that enables students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media, gaming, high-definition video, and simulations. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to schools. To date, more than 4 million students have completed EverFi learning platforms. Learn more at www.everfi.com.