In a world driven by the stock market Lancaster High School entrepreneurship teacher Spencer Gilbert is teaching his students ways to make wise choices with their investments through the EverFi computer based coursework Market Works. The curriculum is provided free of charge to students through a donation from Citadel Securities. The two companies recently paid the students a visit to commend them on their progress and give them hands on assistance with the products offered in the online platform.
“We were excited to see the critical thinking of the students here in Coach Gilbert’s class,” EverFi Schools Manager Tracey Beckett said. “The students paid close attention to what we shared with them. I even learned a few things listening to their experiences with our product.”
Gilbert said students complete modules on the computer and receive certifications at the completion of the process. He said the visit from the company was something that gave his students a connection to what they have been learning.
“Hearing from the professionals in the industry is a great way to help students see their learning come to life,” Gilbert said. “The more we can give our students experiences like this the more we equip them for the future.”
Citadel Securities also sent a representative to share their experience with the students. During his conversations, students gained knowledge to apply with what they learned during their financial literacy coursework.
“I know so much more about how make the stock market work for you now,” senior Emanuel Sandoval said. “Listening to the citadel representative gave me real life insight into how I can be a responsible investor in the future.”
Gilbert said the coursework takes students through financial literacy in a self-paced technology driven environment. The wall outside his room showcases his students certificates of completion for each part of the coursework.
“My students love the certification process and enjoy seeing their certificates on the wall in the hallway,” Gilbert said. “My students push each other to finish their certifications.”
Sandoval said he not only enjoys the certification process but he loves learning new things about the market.
“If I learn about stocks in high school it is easier than waiting until I get older then learning to invest,” Sandoval said. “We are in the age of convenience and we can learn things that it may take others up to 40 years to learn.”