Woodlands Bank sponsors financial education programs for students | Education

Soon, all students in grades 3 through 12 in Lycoming and Clinton counties will have full, free access to a “personal finance lab.” The program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy, Brighter Financial Futures, and Woodlands Bank.

The “Personal Finance Lab” is a world-class online stock market simulation platform and the program includes the personal budgeting game, online learning with certifications in personal finance and investment 101, as well as the challenge of stock market. This state-of-the-art real-time stock market game is derived from Stock-Trak’s academic platform, which is used in over 80% of top business schools in the United States.

The lab includes 2 ten-week, 4-term stock games and 2 full-semester programs with competitions. The 4-term programs run in Early Fall, Late Fall, Early Spring, and Late Spring.

Students can learn using the program, lessons, trading, and budget simulation. The platform provides lessons, assignments, and grading for transparent teacher management, as well as superior gamification of the scholarship challenge and personal budgeting program.

Competitions are held in the classroom, both countywide and statewide. The next big competition for the stock market challenge and personal budget starts on February 14and schools in the region can register for www.penncfl.org.

Woodlands Bank is a local community bank headquartered in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Woodlands Bank provides banking and trust services to individuals and businesses in Lycoming and Clinton counties.

The Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy (PennCFL) is a 501(c)3 organization approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development as an education improvement organization. PennCFL sponsors financial competitions and entrepreneurial programs, resulting in more than 20,000 student enrollments in Pennsylvania. Training and support are provided to hundreds of teachers.

The organization’s mission is to provide K-12 students with economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurial skills that improve their standard of living, quality of life, and career success. We showcase exceptional talent from business, education and government.

The entrepreneurship program, Dream-Learn-Pitch, allows students to learn through an online program, at hybrid Dream, Learn, and Pitch conferences, or independently with their teachers. Students can upload their Elevator Pitch to win prizes of up to $10,000 and additionally up to $40,000 in college scholarships. See www.dreamlearnpitch.org for more details.

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