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Bismarck, ND - There is still time for teachers to register for the 14th Annual Invest North Dakota Teachers Academy to be held July 20-24, 2009 on the campus of The University of Mary in Bismarck. 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 Academy, teachers will receive two graduate credits through the University of their choice (NDSU, UND or MiSU). The deadline for registration is July 10, 2009. Enrollment is limited to 150 teachers, so apply immediately to assure a spot.

The most recent National survey in 2008 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, said Diane Kambeitz, program coordinator.

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 tuition, seminar materials, dormitory lodging and some 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. In addition, a variety of 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.

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