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Bismarck, ND - There is still time for teachers to register for the 15th Annual Invest North Dakota Teachers Academy to be held July 19-23, 2010 on the campus of The University of Mary in Bismarck. This valuable course will assist teachers in grades K-12 in presenting personal finance topics to their students, as well as provide helpful information for their own financial planning. Upon completion of the Academy, teachers will receive two graduate credits through the University of their choice (NDSU, UND or MiSU). The deadline for registration is July 9, 2010. Enrollment is limited to 150 teachers, so apply immediately to assure a spot.

We are extremely pleased that personal finance will be taught in all North Dakota high schools starting in the fall of 2010 due to legislation passed during the 2009 legislative assembly, stated Diane Kambeitz, Investor Education Coordinator with the North Dakota Securities Department. The Invest North Dakota Teachers Academy would be a great opportunity for those educators teaching this class and take advantage of all the resources and turn-key curriculums offered during the Invest Academy.

The most recent National survey of high school seniors showed the lowest level of scores ever, with a 48.3 percent of correct answers on managing money, including handling credit cards, paying taxes and even saving for the future. However, studies have also found that just 10 hours of financial literacy instruction will prompt most young people to start preparing for their financial futures.

Invest North Dakota is a worthwhile experience for all North Dakota teachers from elementary through high school, stated Kambeitz. Teachers participating in the Academy need only pay a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee ($40.00 if registering before June 10th). All other expenses, including credit fees, seminar materials, dormitory lodging and most meals are covered for teachers completing the course.

Invest North Dakota Teachers Academy is a program of the North Dakota Securities Department and is funded in part by a grant from the Investor Protection Trust.

Approximately 20 business, education and professional leaders will present topics on business and finance during this 4-day seminar.

For more information and a registration form, contact the North Dakota Securities Department at (701) 328-2910 or 1-800-297-5124. An agenda for the event and a registration form may also be found on the Securities Department's web site at www.ndsecurities.com through the investor education link.

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