ASU, PNC Bank Hold Financial Literacy Workshop at Jefferson Davis High School
By ASU News Services
Several students from Alabama State University’s Percy J. Vaughn, Jr. College of Business Administration (COBA) visited Jefferson Davis High School (JDHS) in Montgomery on Thursday, November 21, to conduct a two-hour financial literacy workshop.
The workshop, which was in partnership with PNC Bank and Career Countdown Alabama Cooperative Extension System, exposed more than 50 students to activities that challenged their assumptions about money and how to maintain financial wealth. The students also had an opportunity to evaluate their interests, discover career paths, identify career clusters, and understand education requirements to achieve their goals.
Michelle Jenkins, community relationship manager at PNC Bank said part of their mission is to engage with their partners around topics such as financial education, and they are doing it in a meaningful way with Alabama State University.
“Financial education is important. It’s a lifestyle,” Jenkins said. “So what we are trying to do at this event is trying to get these kids to understand that you have to have a discipline around financial education and management of your money. This is very important because if you don’t learn to manage your money, your money manages you.”
A key component of the event was that it allowed the students an opportunity to interact with college students, which helped reiterate the value of having a college education. It exposed them firsthand to innovative activities that ASU’s COBA offers to motivate and educate students on how to become self-sustainable and financially savvy in today’s consumer society.
Lady Takecia Barlow, vice principal at JDHS said she looks forward to a continuing partnership with ASU and PNC for her students so that they can bridge all the gaps in order for her students to make it.
“Thank you so much for PNC and ASU for partnering with Jefferson Davis High School,” Barlow said. “The Empire is so excited that you came. Just having the opportunity to walk around and talk to the students about the insights that’s being provided to them and you’re opening up their minds to really think about budgeting. We just want to say thank you for choosing us.”
PNC Bank provided the high school students with gift cards for their participation.