Malcolm High School business teacher Andy Klepper says he sees results in his students’ everyday lives from their work with EverFi, Inc.’s, online financial literacy course offered through the Nebraska State Treasurer’s Office.
“They are using the information; they are gaining knowledge. Hopefully they are getting a jump start on their financial education,” Klepper said before a ceremony April 29 to recognize 62 students who had completed the EverFi course and earned certificates as Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars. Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg presented the certificates and congratulated students during the ceremony in the school gymnasium.
Klepper cited a couple instances that demonstrated students’ use of the course information. For instance, he said, after his class talked about retirement planning, one student came to him the next day saying she had set up a 401(k) saving plan. And after the class talked about W-4 forms, another student came to him later to say she had just filled out a W-4 form for a job.
The EverFi online financial literacy course, called Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars, is required for all seniors at Malcolm High School as part of an economics class taught by Chris Lewandowski.
“Everything you learned, you will use the rest of your lives,” Malcolm Principal Greg Adams told the students, emphasizing the practical skills students learned in the EverFi course.
“No matter what you do, whether you get a job working for wages, starting your own business, or going into a profession like a doctor or dentist, or running a household, you will always use your financial knowledge,” said Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg.
Madeline Diedrichsen, who plans to study meteorology and climatology at UNL, said she definitely will use the financial knowledge she gained through Nebraska NEST Financial Scholars. “I am glad we were able to take the course,” she said.