Campbell Business launches Center for Financial Literacy and Economic Education

BUIES CREEK – Campbell Business School and the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) have partnered to establish the Center for Financial Literacy and Economic Education (CFLEE) on campus. The CFLEE has been established as an affiliate of the NCCEE and joins a national network of centers for economic education affiliated with the Council for Economic Education. The CFLEE, which is housed at Campbell Business, will partner with the Campbell University School of Education to deliver programs to the K-12 schools and educators. The Center’s mission is to promote financial literacy and economic education in greater Harnett County and surrounding regions.

“We are so pleased to welcome the CFLEE at Campbell University into our network,” said NCCEE Executive Director Sandy Wheat. “The addition of the Center at Campbell Business will close a gap in our economics and personal finance programming in the Sandhills region of our state. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to working with the Center.”

To fulfill its mission, the Center plans to engage faculty, train students, leverage alumni, collaborate with local, state, and federal governmental agencies, and capitalize on the expertise of the national network. The CFLEE will offer continuing education programs to benefit K-12 educators and their students, and will offer community outreach programs to the public. Programming initiatives will include professional development for K-12 teachers, workshop series, personal finance clinics, investment clubs, and additional seminars throughout the year.

“The School of Education is pleased to collaborate with Campbell Business to promote financial literacy and economic education,” said Campbell University School of Education Dean Dr. Karen Nery. “We are especially pleased with the emphasis on professional development for K-12 teachers and the impact this will have on students in Harnett County and the surrounding community.”

As an advocate for economics and personal financial literacy, the CFLEE stands ready to assist the Harnett County school system and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in curriculum development related matters. Furthermore, the CFLEE will serve as a one-stop information hub for providing no-cost and unbiased educational resources to assist all Campbell stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners in making knowledgeable choices that will improve the economic well-being of themselves, their families, and their communities.

“The establishment of the Center fits very well with the mission and scope of our business school community,” said Campbell Business Dean Dr. Kevin O’Mara. “Not only are we strong free enterprise advocates but we also are firmly rooted in our desire to engage with our community. We see many avenues to involve Campbell Business students in the Center’s programs. The Center will serve as an umbrella for many types of programs for a variety of constituents but those initiatives involving educating our K-12 students and their teachers will be the most impactful.

“A citizen that understands our free enterprise system will be a better citizen and more informed voter. I want to thank Dr. Shahriar Mostashari for leading our efforts to secure this Center. He, along with Sandy Wheat and Dean Nery, are responsible for this wonderful opportunity for Campbell Business to give back to our community.”