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SDSU College of Business Hosts Financial Literacy Workshop for High School Students

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Professor Alex DeNoble talks to the group about entrepreneurship

On October 23, 2015, San Diego’s Clairemont High School sent 36 seniors from their award-winning Academy of Business to the SDSU campus to meet with seven College of Business professors and several industry professionals to discuss financial literacy issues. Some of those issues included credit card debt, savings, entrepreneurship, real estate, identity theft and college financial aid.

Welcoming remarks were delivered by SDSU Provost Chukuka Enwemeka and College of Business Dean Dennis Cradit.

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SDSU provost, Chukuka Enwemeka, addresses the students

During the workshop, the students were given the opportunity to discuss each of the showcased financial issues with the professors and/or industry professionals specializing in those fields.

Students enter the Academy of Business at Clairemont High School as freshmen and take at least three units of business classes each semester up until graduation. According to Clairemont business teacher and SDSU alumnus, Alan Walter (’02, MSBA), the students from the Academy of Business have achieved a 100 percent graduation rate since its founding in 2004.

The event took place on the SDSU campus and included a campus tour and a stopover at the Zahn Innovation Center and the Wells Fargo Financial Markets Laboratory before concluding with the workshop. During the workshop, the students were given the opportunity to discuss each of the showcased financial issues with the professors and/or industry professionals specializing in those fields.

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From left: Clairemont High teachers Alan Walter, Elizabeth Rush, SDSU College of Business dean Dennis Cradit, and Clairemont teacher Mark Colombo

The Financial Literacy Workshop was hosted by SDSU’s College of Business as a collaborative effort between the SDSU College of Business Advisory board member and Moxie Foundation president, Peter Zahn; SDSU finance department chair, Mehdi Salehizadeh; Clairemont High School academy coordinator, Elizabeth Rush; and many other individuals who spent a significant amount of time to contribute to the event’s success. This is the first year for the event and the group hopes to stage the workshop on a regular basis during the spring and fall semesters for each year going forward.