Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The fourteenth annual INVEST NORTH DAKOTA TEACHERS ACADEMY will be held July 20-24, 2009 at The University of Mary in Bismarck. Sponsored by the North Dakota Securities Department, the purpose of the Academy is to provide K-12 educators with both the training and the curriculum resources necessary to facilitate the integration of investor education and personal finance into their classrooms. The Academy will also give teachers the knowledge to form their own personal finance objectives and incentives.

Over 1700 teachers have attended Invest North Dakota during the past thirteen years of the academy. A recent statewide survey conducted by the Securities Department, showed that 100% of the teachers responding felt that financial education was an important component in our young people's education and should be a part of their curriculum, stated Diane Kambeitz, Program Coordinator with the North Dakota Securities Department.

This 30-hour course provides teachers the opportunity to obtain 2 graduate credits of continuing education and will provide them with training and give them a wealth of resources and ready-to-use curriculum.

A $50.00 non-refundable registration fee is required. Register before June 10 and pay only $40.00. All other expenses including, college recording fees, course materials, dormitory lodging and most meals are provided at no additional cost.

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 prepared 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 academy so unique is that it provides 'something for everyone' no matter what age level or discipline you teach.

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

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 (investor education link). The deadline for registration is July 10, 2009, and enrollment is limited to 150. Invest North Dakota is funded in part by a grant from the Investor Protection Trust (IPT). The IPT is a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education. Since 1993, the IPT has worked with the States to provide the independent, objective investor education needed by all Americans to make informed investment decisions www.investorprotection.org.