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New York High Schools Offers Corporate Finance Classes

investing and financeMartin Luther King Jr. High School of the Arts and Technology in Manhattan’s Upper West Side is working to provide students with real-world business experience by offering a class that teaches students the fundamentals of corporate finance. The course is called “Synergy M&A,” and students are studying deals being made by the financial advisory firm from which the class takes its name. The class is taught by Christina Feng, a Teach for America veteran.

Notably, many of the students in Ms. Feng’s class have Hispanic and black backgrounds. “Finance has a lot of upper middle-class, affluent white people in it,” said Ms. Feng. “It’s a field that traditionally not a lot of my students would feel they could break into.”

Learning a real-world application seems to be a big draw for students. ”A lot of high schoolers complain about having all these classes, and it’s like, how can I relate to this?” senior Mariangely Gonzales told the New York Times. “But this class directly affects me.”

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The Four Most Important Classes for Life

graduating manDo you ever wonder just how exactly your degree is going to help you in the real world? Your degree may give you a boost in your career, but what about life?

The sad truth is, you might be learning a lot of information that will not be useful to you after graduation.  However, if you follow the advice of Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard professor, and take classes that will prepare you for the “game of life,” you will receive a truly fulfilling education.

Mankiw thinks that there are four core areas that all students need to have at least a basic understanding of to be successful human beings: economics, statistics, finance, and psychology. Read the rest of this entry »



Expendable Expenses at College

expendable-expensesTuition is high enough as it is, so why not cut back on unnecessary living expenses? Here are ten things you don’t really need while staying in a dorm.

1. A Credit Card
Establishing good credit is important for a young person, but you don’t really need to add on the debt while living at college. On average, a college freshman with a credit card amassed $2000 in debt, reports Kiplinger. Instead, get a debit card that won’t let you spend money you don’t have.

2. High Bank Fees
It can cost about $5 every time you withdraw money from an out-of-network ATM. Consider opening a bank account with branches near campus or an online checking account that doesn’t charge ATM fees or refunds ATM surcharges from other banks.

3. Redundant Health Insurance
If you’re on family health coverage, you don’t need to buy additional campus health coverage. It’s wise to do some comparative shopping, but watch out for low coverage maximums and high co-pay fees. Staying on your parent’s insurance may mean extra paperwork to prove that a young adult is a full-time student, but in many cases it’s worth it.
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Courses Study Economic Recession at Major Universities

columbia universityWhen we hear “economic recession,” my friends and I don’t really have a strong grasp on what all is involved. We know that the unemployment rate is higher than it has been in years and that it is becoming harder and harder for college graduates to find a job.

We also know that more students are not able to go to college because they simply cannot afford it. But beyond that, my friends and I do not have a clear understanding of the financial crisis. It’s too bad that we don’t go to Columbia University.

Steven Fraser, an American studies professor at Columbia, is now teaching a class about Wall Street and this financial crisis, comparing it to similar crises in the past.

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Five Highest Paying Bachelor’s Degrees

graduation cap and diplomaIn today’s competitive job market, no one can argue the necessity of having your bachelor’s degree. But the question is: in which field should you get that degree to get the biggest paycheck?

Engineering and math-related jobs seem to offer the highest salaries, particularly with the demand for these jobs increasing faster than the number of graduates. If you’re hoping for a job that will “show you the money,” you may want to consider these top-earning degrees from the Payscale College Salary Report:

Environmental Engineering

Engineering degrees count for seven of the top ten on Payscale’s list of best undergrad degrees for top salary. Engineers use their analytical and scientific knowledge to develop products and solve problems. Read the rest of this entry »



Traders to Teachers is Training Dislocated Finance Workers as Math Teachers

Since December of 2007, New Jersey’s financial sector has shed more than 16,000 jobs, with thousands of New Yorkers losing similar jobs in the city. In March, New Jersey State Legislature approved a program called Traders to Teachers, designed to turn unemployed finance professionals into math teachers in as little as three months. Montclair State University is offering free classes for candidates who are not required to have been math majors.

photo via nytimes.com

photo via nytimes.com

Traders to Teachers will do more than retrain dislocated workers, it will also help to ease the state’s shortage of math teachers. The first 25 of the newly trained teachers are expected to be placed in teaching positions this coming January, with three more groups expected to be trained within a year, a Montclair State administrator said. Read the rest of this entry »





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