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Economics for Heroes

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Apr 14 8:00AM - 4:00PM

The goal of this course is to improve the knowledge and skills of Iowa military veterans inmaking informed financial choices and improving their understanding of the basics of a marketeconomy.

  1. Identify and apply fundamental concepts and principles of personal finance that build

    financial independence and prosperous families.

  2. Identify and apply the economic way of thinking and the principles of free markets to

    make more informed decisions as individuals and citizens.


8:00 - Registration and Breakfast

8:15 - Introductions and Overview

8:45 - Why Are Some People Rich? You Can Be a Millionaire Too!

9:30 - You and Your Money: Why We Act the Way We Do about Money

10:00 - Break

10:15 - Add to Your Bottom Line: Budget 101

11:15 - Why Are Some Nations Rich? Mystery Nations

12:00 - Lunch

12:45 - Avoiding Scams and Schemes

1:30 - The Numbers What Everyone Should Know About Economics: Nominal GDP, Real GDP,CPI, Unemployment Rate

2:30 - Break

2:45 - Smart Choices About Managing Credit

3:45 - Saving and Investing for the Long Term

4:45 - Q&A and Wrap Up

5:00 - Adjourn

Meet the Instructors

Ken King is the past Executive Director of Consumer Credit Counseling Service and FamilyService Association of Sheboygan, WI. Ken was the first Certified Consumer Credit Counselor inthe State of Wisconsin; has served 10 years as a Trustee of the National Foundation for CreditCounseling (NFCC), was instrumental in the formation of and is the secretary of the WisconsinJumpstart Coalition, an avid supporter of Money Smart Week Wisconsin and a true consumeradvocate.

Ken served as an adjunct instructor at Lakeshore Technical College for over 20 yearsteaching data processing, accounting, and economics, he has done corporate salestraining and coaching for businesses, curriculum development and taught classes forCredit Union National Association and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. He has worked with Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and various Veterans groups throughout theState of Wisconsin. He has contributed to 10 books as well as the counselor certificationprograms of both CUNA and the NFCC. He has trained credit counselors and financialwellness coaches.

In February of 2015, Ken was recognized by Wisconsin Governor Walker with a GovernorsFinancial Literacy Legacy Award for his work and commitment to financial education in theState of Wisconsin, in his community and the work place.

Every Sunday, Ken writes a financial advice column in the local newspaper called Ask Ken,addressing everyday needs and questions of the readers.

Dr. M. Scott Niederjohn is Dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship and Charlotteand Walter Kohler Charitable Trust Professor of Business Administration at Lakeland Universityin Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Professor Niederjohn is also the Director of Lakelands Center forEconomic Education. Dr. Niederjohn holds undergraduate and masters degrees fromMarquette University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Professor Niederjohn has published more than fifty articles, monographs, reports, andcurriculum materials in journals such as Applied Economics, Monthly Labor Review, Journal ofUrban Affairs, Eastern Economics Journal, Journal of Private Enterprise, and Wisconsin Interest.

Professor Niederjohns research is concentrated in the areas of economic education, publicpolicy analysis, and applied microeconomics. He serves on the Governors Council for FinancialLiteracy, and has received the Governors Financial Literacy Award in 2011, 2012, and 2015.

During the fall of 2013, Professor Niederjohn was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach atthe University of Luxembourg. He serves on the board of the Association. ProfessorNiederjohn was recognized in the December 2014 issue of Money Magazine for his work in theshaping the landscape of financial education curriculum.

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