Colorado State Bank and Trust: Committed to Financial Learning for Life

July 26, 2017 1:30 am

Making financial education engaging, meaningful and long lasting is a top priority for Colorado State Bank and Trust (CSBT). A long-time JA-Rocky Mountain corporate partner, the bank and its employees are making significant strides in helping young people learn how to manage a budget, stay out of debt, responsibly finance their college education and save… Read More



Colin Spreier shares lasting influence of JA volunteerism

July 13, 2017 3:38 am

Before he was a JA classroom volunteer, a director at Grant Thornton or a graduate student in accounting at Oklahoma City University, Colin Spreier was a middle school student. He was an eighth grader learning about business, the stock market and the power of money from Jane Haskin, a bank executive and JA volunteer. While… Read More



Harvard’s recognition of JA Finance Park

July 1, 2017 4:34 pm

JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, is one of JA-Rocky Mountain’s most popular and engaging programs for middle and high school students.  Recently, JA Finance Park was recognized by Harvard University’s Global Education Innovation Initiative as a program with innovative curriculum and pedagogical practices related to 21st century skills in financial literacy education. Harvard has added program… Read More



Witnessing opportunity and liberation emerge

June 27, 2017 2:26 pm

When I was in my 20s, my Mom retired from teaching accounting at the University of Colorado and joined the Peace Corps. As you might know, the Peace Corps assigns volunteers to work on two-year projects in countries around the world to promote peace and improve their citizens’ quality of life. What you might not… Read More



Western Union Empowers Communities Through Financial Literacy

June 26, 2017 3:46 pm

Repeatedly, Western Union employees demonstrate their steadfast commitment to helping young people in the Denver Metro community – and around the world – understand and embrace financial literacy.  During the 2016/17 school year, 48 Western Union employees volunteered in classrooms at Fulton Elementary School in Aurora, Castro Elementary School in Denver, Cherokee Trail Elementary in… Read More



The Students Keep Me Coming Back to JA Business Week

June 26, 2017 3:22 pm

By: Joe Acker, JA Business Week Company Advisor Several years ago, I received an email regarding the need for judges at a Junior Achievement summer competition.  Without really knowing what it was, I decided to show up and volunteer.  I remember sitting there watching the students’ presentations about bicycles and reading their business plans.  When I… Read More



Roots and Wings

May 30, 2017 10:44 pm

We just finished celebrating our youngest son’s graduation from CSU. He finished his accounting degree and now we are in the process of packing him up to start his new job in DC. Holy cow! Wasn’t he just starting kindergarten five minutes ago? I know the term “commencement” means a beginning or a start… so… Read More



JE Dunn VP Mike Tilbury leads charge for JA

May 22, 2017 8:48 pm

There are countless ways to support Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA), and JE Dunn, a JA partner for more than 10 years, continually finds new and creative ways to do just that.  Mike Tilbury, vice president of JE Dunn Construction, joined the JA board of directors in March 2017.  While he is new to the board,… Read More



Otter Products: Inspiring Kids to Change the World

May 22, 2017 8:02 pm

It’s an amazing experience for high school students to tour Otter Products’ offices in Fort Collins. To see Otter Products professionals at work and to experience the creative and fun workplace is eye opening for many students who participate in JA Business Week. What’s even more amazing is to see those same students take what… Read More



Steeped in Tradition

May 2, 2017 3:01 pm

I recently had the awesome opportunity to take a bucket-list trip with dear friends to the 2017 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. They call the Masters “a tradition unlike any other” and I now understand why. It’s easy to equate the Masters with green jackets, but every aspect of the week is steeped in tradition…. Read More





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