Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Bismarck, ND - There is still time for teachers to register for the 12th Annual Invest North Dakota Teachers Academy to be held July 16-20, 2007. The Academy will be held at The University of Mary in Bismarck and is sponsored by The North Dakota Securities Department. This valuable course will assist teachers in presenting personal finance topics to their students, as well as provide helpful information for their own financial planning. Upon completion of the course, teachers will receive two graduate credits through the University of their choice (NDSU, UND or MiSU). The deadline for registration is July 9, 2007. Enrollment is limited to 150 teachers, so apply now.

Invest North Dakota is a worthwhile experience for all North Dakota teachers from elementary through high school, said Diane Kambeitz, program coordinator. Today's young people will face an array of personal finance decisions that will far surpass the decisions that their parents or grandparents had to make. National surveys continue to show that today's high school seniors are graduating with failing grades when it comes to 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, stated Kambeitz.

Teachers participating in the Academy need only pay a $50.00 non-refundable registration fee. All other expenses, including credit tuition, seminar materials, dormitory lodging and some meals are FREE to teachers completing the course.

Approximately 20 business, education and professional leaders will present topics on business and finance during this 4-day seminar. In addition, curriculum materials will be made available for all grade levels to assist teachers in presenting financial topics to their students.

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.

Teachers who help students prepare for their financial futures certainly deserve our assistance, encouragement and thanks, concluded Kambeitz.