News & Announcements

2018 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance

The 2018 Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance was held on April 20th, hosted by lead sponsor Capital One. Student teams and teachers took part in a full day of competition and excitement! For sample VIDEOs click here and here. Congratulations to this year’s winners:

David Ricardo Division (Economics)
First Place:  Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, Chesterfield- Multi-divisions, Teacher: Emily Hardesty
Runner Up:  Faith Christian Academy, Independent School, Teacher: Tracey Fox

Adam Smith Division (Advanced Economics)
First Place:  Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County, Teacher: Richard Monteverde
Runner Up:  Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Richmond, Multi-divisions, Teacher: Julius Oreska

Personal Finance Division
First Place:  Nansemond River High School, City of Suffolk, Teacher: Jason Bartholomew
Runner Up:  Glen Allen High School, Henrico County, Teacher: Patricia Adams


Mini-Economy Makes a Big Impact

This year’s VCEE/VCU Mini-Economy Market Day proved one of the most bustling hubs for young entrepreneurs in recent memory! 3rd through 5th graders in Central Virginia have been hard at work back in the classroom, learning and practicing key economic and business concepts: forming a government, creating a currency, ‘paying’ taxes, generating business ideas, formulating marketing plans and producing inventory. Market Day is the culminating event. Students react to market conditions…are prices too high or too low? did we produce enough inventory? buy! sell!  Thanks to sponsors Union Bank & Trust and Publix for their generous support.
Read more about 2018 VCEE/VCU Mini-Economy Market Day in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


‘Entrepreneurship & Economics’ is new among 2018 Institutes

2018 VCEE Institutes in Economics and Personal Finance have been announced! Click here for the full schedule. New this year is Entrepreneurship & Economics: Putting Ideas Into Action, promoting student creativity, problem-solving,critical thinking and innovation. This 4-day Institute is flexible by design and available for Middle and High School teachers.

A range of professional development includes online options to provide a meaningful presentation of content and convenient scheduling for teachers. This year, a K-5 Online Institute will be offered in March/April and a High School Economics Online Institute will be offered in June through August.

Thanks to sponsors of the Fund for Teaching Excellence who make VCEE Institutes possible at no charge to teachers or school divisions.


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.