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VCEE founder J. Curtis Hall passes away

J. Curtis Hall, VCEE founder and first-ever dean of VCU’s School of Business, has passed away at age 91. During his legendary 26-year tenure at the Business School, enrollment grew from 400 to 4,500 students. As visionary founder of VCEE, Hall saw the importance of providing economic education to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, establishing foundational knowledge in key financial concepts that would serve young people no matter what educational path or vocation they chose.

“Dr. Hall wanted people to know how to be careful consumers, wise savers, savvy investors, productive workers and successful business people,” said Suzanne Gallagher, former Director of the VCU Center for Economic Education.  For more on Hall’s life and enduring legacy, click here.


Governor’s Challenge winners in National Finals

Thomas Jefferson School for Science & Technology, 1st place winners in the Adams Smith Division of Virginia’s Governor’s Challenge, advanced to the National Semi-Finals and have qualified to compete in the 17th Annual Council for Economic Education’s National Economics Challenge being held May 20-22 in New York City. The finals will include written exams and a critical thinking round, culminating in a quiz bowl hosted by CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter, Steve Liesman.  UPDATE: TJHSST places in the top four in the nation and advance to the national finals! Read the press release here.


‘Life After High School’ workshops going strong

Financial Literacy Month is an opportune time to highlight partnerships working to inform and equip teachers with the very latest resources they need. The workshop series Life After High School: Navigating education, career and debt  incorporates the ‘Invest In What’s Next’ resource tool from The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond with curriculum developed by VCEE’s university-affiliated Centers for Economic Education.

An article from The Richmond Fed describes a recent Life After High School session for educators at the James Madison University Center for Economic Education. Since VCEE launched the series earlier this year, high interest and positive feedback have bolstered the schedule for upcoming sessions. See further details here.

Photo credit: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Photo credit: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond


2017 Mini Economy Market Day: a record breaker!

VCEE/VCU Mini Economy Market Day is breaking records in 2017!
1,605 students (3rd-5th graders)
11 school divisions
23 schools
76 teachers
The biggest success is knowing so many students and teachers have benefited from the mini-economy program in the classroom. Lessons learned truly last a lifetime.

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