Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma August 2018 - Page 6

Amy Lee, Oklahoma Council on Economic Education Director. PHOTO BY KAREN MOORE Learning Personal Finance, Economics is Now Required BY VAN MITCHELL Oklahoma previously passed a law requiring students learn about personal finance before they graduate high school. And, the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education (OCEE), the leading organization in Oklahoma that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school, has been helping teachers achieve this through professional development workshops. “The purpose and goals are to serve teachers in teaching personal finance and economics,” said Amy Lee, OCEE executive director. “We provide teacher training and other support services and resources to help them do their job. Our cornerstone of helping teachers is holding workshop training whether that be here on campus or at an alternate location or at a school site.” OCEE is a 501(c)3, not-for- profit, educational organization housed in the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond whose mission is promoting financial literacy and economic education in Oklahoma. Established in 1954, OCEE is affiliated with the Council on Economic Education — a national network of state councils and university-based centers. Lee said their goal is reaching students through teachers in Oklahoma, giving them the skills they need to be productive citizens, informed consumers and knowledgeable voters. “Ensuring our students understand economics and know how to manage their financial resources are the keys to growth and development in our state,” she said. “That is the one skill they are going to walk out of the classroom with and use the next moment, and learning how to be responsible about their money.” Lee said the OCEE reached 550 Oklahoma teachers in 2017. “There are a lot of new teachers learning about our program and we reach out to schools as well,” she said. “There is a constant marketing campaign to make sure that teachers know that we are there to help them and support them.” 6 August 2018 | The Business Times