West Gate Bank® Empowers High School Students to Make Informed Financial Decisions Through Innovative Web-based Program
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February 16, 2018
West Gate Bank® today announced a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to high school students across Lincoln, NE by providing them with access to the EVERFI™--Financial Literacy learning platform. This web-based program uses the latest in new media technology (simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing) to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Through this platform, students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. West Gate Bank has partnered with EVERFI, Inc. to bring the interactive financial management program to these high school students at no cost to the schools.
“Learning about saving and borrowing in high school prepares a young person for success later in life,” said Mark Hansen, President of West Gate Bank Mortgage. “We are excited to offer students an innovative educational experience that uses the tools they love—digital learning and gaming—to teach this important topic.
The 9-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.
“From the small rural towns to major cities across the US, EVERFI technology is literally transforming how students learn, and we are incredibly grateful for the public-private partnerships that make this possible,” said EVERFI CEO Tom Davidson. “West Gate Bank is critical to the success of our mission to ensure that these cutting-edge tools reach all communities.”
About West Gate Bank®
West Gate Bank® is a locally-owned community bank with seven Lincoln locations, celebrating 50 years in 2018. As a full-service banking institution, we are large enough to serve all your personal or commercial banking needs, yet small enough to provide the outstanding personal service that only a community bank can deliver. We're committed to your success and invested in your financial well-being. At West Gate Bank, our interest is you! Visit westgate.bank for more information.
EVERFI, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures (the investment arm of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt). Learn more at www.everfi.com.
About West Gate Bank
West Gate Bank® is a family-owned community bank with 10 locations in Lincoln and Omaha. West Gate Bank is large enough to serve all your personal or commercial banking needs yet small enough to provide the outstanding personal service that only a community bank can deliver. At West Gate Bank, our interest is you! Visit westgate.bank for more information.