Business school hosts high school students for finance workshop

The Lundy-Fetterman School of Business held a successful day-long Economics and Personal Finance workshop for students from Cross Creek Early College High School in Fayetteville in November. The workshop was held in partnership with the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE).

This collaborative effort was part of the newly established Center for Financial Literacy and Economic Education (CFLEE) at Campbell. The center was formed in affiliation with NCCEE and contributing to a national network of economic education centers affiliated with the council.

The CFLEE, housed in the School of Business, aims to deliver impactful programs to K-12 schools and educators, working closely with the Campbell University School of Education and Human Sciences and the College of Arts & Sciences. The Center is committed to engaging faculty, training students, collaborating with alumni and partnering with local, state and federal agencies to promote financial literacy and economic education in greater Harnett County and surrounding regions.

Dr. Kevin O’Mara, dean of the School of Business, expressed enthusiasm in the program, stating, “The establishment of the Center fits very well with the mission and scope of our business school community. Not only are we strong advocates of free enterprise, but we also are firmly rooted in our desire to engage with our community.”

As part of its mission, the CFLEE, in collaboration with Dr. Cheryl Ayres, has offered a series of five-day “Economics for Educators” programs for K-12 teachers since 2017. Additionally, in partnership with NCCEE, the center conducts Professional Development workshops and five-day Economics and Personal Finance trainings, leading to certification in Buies Creek and Raleigh campuses.

The recent EPF workshop marked a significant milestone in the business school’s partnership with NCCEE. The workshop on Nov. 17 included engaging sessions on personal finance and investment, a campus tour and a panel discussion covering economics, banking, insurance and investment areas. Students were able to ask questions and even win prizes throughout the day courtesy of Pearson Higher Education.

“We truly enjoyed our time at Campbell and appreciate the hospitality showed. We look forward to planning this again for next semeste,” said Natasha Sell, economics and personal finance teacher at Cross Creek Early College High School. “The entire trip was extremely educational, and our seniors enjoyed the opportunity. We definitely have to thank Dr. Shahriar Mostashari for really advocating for our visit and for possible future visits.”

Mostashari said he was glad for the opportunity to showcase the school’s faculty, students and alumni for the college-bound visitors.

“We encourage high school students to visit the campus and experience college up close and in person,” he said. “In addition to enjoying the experience, students are often exposed to opportunities and areas of study that they were not previously familiar with.”