KSU SIFE students travel to Sprayberry High School to deliver crash course in online banking

In collaboration with Bank of America‚ the Kennesaw State University Students In Free…

Georgia (Feb 17, 2003) — KSU SIFE students travel to Sprayberry High School to deliver crash course in online banking

Rick Woodall

Abstract

In collaboration with Bank of America‚ the Kennesaw State University Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is traveling from high school to high school using a combination of puppets and PowerPoint to help the next generation of consumers develop the financial skills they will need to succeed in the real world. The SIFE team will present "Checking the Next Generation" at Sprayberry High School on Tuesday‚ Feb. 18‚ 8:30−9:30 a.m. and 9:35−10:30 a.m.



"Basically‚ what we're trying to do is teach these kids a little bit about personal finance and other ways to do it than just the traditional 'going to the bank‚'" Nathan Barrett‚ SIFE team leader‚ said. "(The puppet show) gives them something fun to look at‚ something different."



SIFE students have already presented "Checking the Next Generation" to students at Kennesaw Mountain High School and Harrison High School to positive reviews. Presentations are being scheduled throughout the semester at other area high schools.



All of the KSU students participating in the project are current or − in Barrett's case − former members of Dr. Gary Roberts' principles of management course. One of the requirements for that class is participation in a service−learning activity such as this one.



"I'm getting a lot of experience on managing projects‚ developing them‚" said Barrett‚ a dual major in business management and computer information systems. "This project didn't exist before this fall; we built it from the ground up."



As Roberts sees it‚ the experience his students have gained serves as a dress rehearsal for the type of situations they will face in their future careers.



"The thinking is the project manager is responsible for everything that happens or does not happen in the project‚ and that's an alien concept to the students‚" he said. "When they go out into the business world‚ that's what project managers have to do; they either get it done or they don't. If they get it done‚ they get credit‚ and if they don't get it done‚ they're the ones held accountable for that; it's called sweating the details." The SIFE team will present "Checking the Next Generation" at Sprayberry High School on Tuesday‚ Feb. 18‚ 8:30−9:30 a.m. and 9:35−10:30 a.m.



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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.




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