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August 4, 2012

Invest Ed program set at technology center

Woodward, Okla. — It's never too early to learn about financial investment planning.

At least that's what Invest Ed, an investor education program sponsored by the Oklahoma Securities Commission, teaches as part of its STARS program.

"The STARS program is a financial and investment education for high school students in grades 9-12 that teaches securities fraud awareness and long term investment planning," said Laura Olson, Invest Ed events coordinator.

Local and area teachers who are interested in teaching the Invest Ed STARS program in their classrooms are invited to attend a teacher training session led by University of Oklahoma Outreach on Oct. 10 at the High Plains Technology Center.

While the training is still more than 2 months away, Invest Ed officials wanted to provide teachers with plenty of time to register for the training.  Teachers interested in attending the workshop must register online at www.investedok.org.

According to Olson, the class is open to all teachers that wish to learn more about this program and to implement it in their classroom in some way.

The workshop will discuss the background of the program, why it was started and different aspects of financial planning that teachers can share with their high school students, Olson said.

Teachers will also learn about how the STARS program uses contests to incentivize students' interests in learning about the benefits of proper financial planning, she said.

"During the school year, students in the STARS program can enter contests at the end of each semester and be eligible to win from $200 to a $1,000 prize," she said.

According to the Invest Ed website, www.investedok.org, the reports that students submit for the contests must share what they've learned about investment risks, goals, fraud and diversification to qualify as winning reports.

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