Tuesday, April 13, 2004

The ninth annual INVEST NORTH DAKOTA teachers' academy will be held July 12-16, 2004 at The University of Mary in Bismarck. The purpose of the academy is to assist and encourage teachers to include personal finance information in their curriculums, as well as help teachers personally to meet their financial goals.

This 30-hour course provides teachers the opportunity to obtain 2 graduate credits of continuing education and will give them a wealth of information in the form of resources and ready-to-use curriculum, stated Diane Kambeitz, Program Coordinator with the North Dakota Securities Department. A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee is required. All other expenses, including college recording fees, course materials, dormitory lodging and majority of meals are Free to teachers completing the course.

Approximately 20 business, education and professional leaders will present topics on business, personal finance and curriculum ideas during the seminar. Some of the seminar topics include: economics: an elementary investment, investment planning and alternatives, investment and consumer fraud, Internet applications for the classroom, teachers' retirement fund and the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. Training sessions will also be conducted for two innovative curriculums, The Stock Market Game Worldwide and High School Financial Planning Program. Teachers will also have the opportunity to learn how to develop a mock portfolio of investments.

Invest North Dakota is a valuable experience for all North Dakota teachers from elementary through high school. Surveys indicate that most young people are not equipped to handle their financial futures. Therefore, it is never too early to start our young people thinking about money and financial planning. We also encourage school administrators to attend and participate in this worthwhile academy, said Kambeitz. What makes this course so unique is that it provides 'something for everyone' no matter what age level or discipline you teach, stated Kambeitz.

Invest North Dakota is an important step toward teaching our state's future leaders the value of sound financial planning, saving and wise investing, concluded Kambeitz.

For more information and a registration form, contact the North Dakota Securities Department at (701) 328-2910 or 1-800-297-5124 or check our web site address at www.ndsecurities.com (education link). The deadline for registration is July 1, 2004 and enrollment is limited to 150. The Invest North Dakota Teachers' Academy is sponsored by the North Dakota Securities Department.