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OXFORD, NY (April 27, 2018) – Oxford Academy and Central School District has been incorporating NBT Bank’s Strive® Financial Literacy program into its educational curriculum each year since 2015. And this year, during April is Financial Literacy Month, NBT Bank of Oxford Branch Manager Tracey Porack will visit the eleventh and twelfth graders in their Work-Based Learning class each week this month to work with the students through various scenarios that they should expect as they prepare for more financial responsibility, college and careers.
Throughout this course, Work-Based Learning Program students get a critical introduction to checking and savings accounts, budgeting, and understanding credit; as well as a special focus on auto financing, student loans and paying for college, and protecting against identity theft.
“Oxford Academy is committed to providing a wide range of opportunities for students to learn and maximize their potential. Our partnership with NBT Bank has paved the way for rich learning experiences that will benefit students not only today, but for years to come,” said Oxford Academy and Central Schools Superintendent Shawn Bissetta. “Financial literacy is a key ingredient to an individual’s overall well-being, and thanks to our partnership with NBT, our students are being provided with the tools needed to successfully navigate through a multitude of challenges and opportunities related to personal financial planning.”
“April is a great time to talk with students about the importance of understanding all of the aspects of financial management because it is National Financial Literacy Month,” Porack added. “The integration of Strive programming into the curriculum at Oxford Academy provides a strong and consistent foundation that helps these students develop positive financial habits and pay more attention to their money as their needs grow.”
NBT Bank’s Strive® program works with local teachers to help today’s youth grow into financially responsible, independent adults. To learn more, visit www.nbtbank.com/strive.
The Oxford Academy and Central School Work-Based Learning Program combines classroom study with student employment in participating area businesses. Students get real-world work training, experience, and a paycheck, and employers get motivated, trained employees whose wages are subsidized by local grants administered by the Chenango Foundation. Both students and employers get ongoing support from Coordinator Craig Tefft.
About NBT Bank
NBT Bank offers personal banking, business banking and wealth management services from locations in six states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. The bank and its parent company, NBT Bancorp, are headquartered in Norwich, NY. NBT Bancorp had assets of $9.2 billion as of March 31, 2018, and is traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol NBTB. More information about NBT Bank is available online at www.nbtbank.com.
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