GLENDALE, Ariz., April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Today, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, State Senator Kimberly Yee (LD-10), Comerica Bank executives and educators from Horizon Elementary School honored 151 graduates from the Comerica Bank Money $ense Program, a financial education course designed to empower students with the essential skills needed to make sound financial decisions. Comerica Bank has partnered with leading education technology company EverFi, Inc., to bring this interactive, web-based financial management program to 19 Arizona schools this school year. The Comerica-sponsored educational curriculum program has been completed by nearly 1,000 Valley students to-date, with more than 2,250 learning modules completed.
At today's certification ceremony, students at Horizon Elementary were recognized for their outstanding work in successfully completing the program. The event included remarks from Mayor Weiers, Senator Yee, Arizona Bankers Association President & CEO, Paul Hickman, and educators who implemented the Comerica Bank Money $ense Program at Horizon Elementary.
"I hope that as these students make financial decisions in their daily lives, they think back to this experience," said Annette Musa, Comerica Bank's Arizona Market President. "Comerica is committed to serving the Valley community and enhancing educational opportunities that give students a better chance of being successful. We're proud to be a partner in this quest to prepare our students to become good financial stewards."
Comerica Bank has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the program to local students at no cost to the schools or the taxpayer. The web-based program uses the latest in new media technology – simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today's digital generation. The course offers over three hours of programming with six units in a variety of age appropriate financial topics including budgeting, the differences between needs and wants, basics of saving and investing, credit and borrowing, the fundamentals of insurance, and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and performance of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction.
"Horizon Elementary School strives to create well-rounded students in all aspects of life, inside and outside the classroom," said Horizon Elementary teacher Tammy Hamblen. "We are grateful for these public private partnerships that enable us to provide innovative resources and new opportunities to students in our district."
About Comerica Bank Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA), the 22nd largest U.S. financial holding company, and is strategically aligned by three business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships and helping people and businesses be successful. Comerica currently operates 19 full-service banking centers throughout the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. In addition to Arizona, Comerica Bank locations can be found in its headquarters state of Texas, as well as in California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. To find us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/ComericaCares. Follow Comerica on Twitter at @ComericaCares and follow Comerica Chief Economist Robert Dye on Twitter at @Comerica_Econ. For more information, please visit www.comerica.com.
About EverFi EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors, including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures (the investment arm of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt). Learn more at www.everfi.com.