The Miami Dade College Center for Economic Education (CEE) is the local affiliate of the Florida Council on Economic Education and the National Council for Economic Education (NCEE). One of just five colleges in the state with this partnership, MDC provides professional development opportunities in teaching economics and financial literacy to K-12 teachers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. In the past five years, the CEE at MDC has conducted dozens of workshops for more than 600 teachers totaling thousands of contact hours in order to make teachers better versed in finance to help students become successful entrepreneurs, responsible citizens and wise investors. According to the NCEE, students exposed to this education are more likely to have positive financial behaviors. For example, research indicates that students who have taken a class in personal finance are nine percent more likely to save money, 14 percent more likely to have a budget plan, and 15 percent more likely to invest money than those who haven’t. “In this vital role, the center enables teachers to improve their knowledge of economics and finance while giving them strategies for conveying the information in ways students will internalize,” said Cynthia Okoe, interim director at the CEE.
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