In January 2014 the Treasurer’s Office partnered with Visa, Inc., the NFL and Regions Bank to launch Financial Football, a free educational video game and classroom curriculum designed to help high school and middle school students learn essential money management skills. Developed by Visa Inc., Financial Football combines the action of an NFL game with financial education questions based on real life scenarios. The Treasurer’s office mailed a copy of this game to all middle schools and high schools in Alabama.
Career Preparedness Course
Beginning with the 2013-14 academic year the Alabama State Department of Education implemented the Career Preparedness required course of instruction. The areas of instruction cover academic planning and career development, financial literacy and technology. Course content ranges from college and career preparation to computer literacy skills to ways to manage personal finances and reduce personal risk. As part of preparing students to be college and career ready, this course also equips them with the skills needed for business and industry, continuing education and lifelong learning. Career Preparedness is required for high school graduation and can be taught in Grades 9-12.
The Career Preparedness courses specific to financial education encompass managing finances and budgeting, saving and investing, banking and financial institutions, credit and debt, and risk management and insurance. The plans of instruction can be viewed here in standards 15-23: