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Students at Mar Vista High School Celebrate Graduation of Financial Literacy Program

MAR VISTA, CA – The California Bankers Association today congratulated a class of 80 Mar Vista High School students who completed the California Bankers Association Financial Scholars Program, an innovative web-based platform, created by EverFiTM, that uses the latest in digital learning and gaming to educate students on critical financial topics. The program uses the latest in new media technologies – video, animations, 3-D gaming, avatars and social networking – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.These students are now certified in more than 600 topics in financial education, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. CBA’s sponsorship of the EverFi program brings this interactive financial management curriculum to these high school students at no cost to the schools.

“I had been looking for a program of study to complement my business computer applications class and have now found it!” said David Hipwell, CTE/ROP (business computer applications) teacher at Mar Vista High School. “The topics are current and relevant, and the students have been telling me that they are getting a lot of useful information that makes sense.”

The 10-unit course offers six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with certification in financial literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.

“Financial literacy is vital to the success of the next generation, and is one of the most important tools that a student can learn. CBA feels strongly about this issue so we have sponsored the EverFi program at seven schools throughout the state,” said Rodney Brown, CBA president and CEO. “Understanding how to manage money, make smart financial decisions and put money into savings will set these students up to thrive in the future, and we are proud to be part of this financial education program with Mar Vista High School and EverFi.”

About CBA

Established more than 121 years ago, the California Bankers Association (CBA) is one of the largest state banking trade associations in the country. CBA leads the way in developing relevant educational and legislative solutions to some of California’s more pressing financial and banking issues, including adult financial empowerment, identity theft, financial privacy, and financial elder abuse. CBA’s membership includes nearly 200 of California’s commercial, industrial and community banks and savings associations. For more information, visit www.calbankers.com.

About EverFi

EverFi is the leading education technology platform company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills including Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, and Health and Wellness. The company is already powering a national movement in 50 states that enables students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media, gaming, high-definition video, and simulations. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to schools. To date, more than 3 million students have completed EverFi learning platforms. Learn more at www.everfi.com.

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