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Chicago Public High Schools Adopt InVEST Classroom to Career Program
Insurance industry groups collaborate to help students explore career opportunities.
InVEST dot.jpgALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 18, 2014 – InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, is excited to announce that all Chicago Public School Career and Technical Education (CTE) finance programs will now offer its curriculum to seniors. The program is a key incentive in attracting new talent to the insurance industry.
 
"The InVEST program offers a unique chance for our CTE Business and Finance students to apply their business skills to solve real-world problems,” says Kye-Anne Wilborn, Chicago Public Schools Career & Technical Education (CTE) senior program coordinator. “They learn about career opportunities in the insurance industry and experience the responsibilities and contributions of different jobs in the field. The program provides everything needed to reproduce the workplace in our classrooms and the students love it! This program is a great opportunity for all students and especially students in business curriculum programs across the country."
 
The following Chicago schools now offer the InVEST program: Ace Technical Charter High School, Austin Business & Entrepreneurship Academy, Harlan Business Academy, Kelly High School, Richards Career Academy, Schurz Business & Finance Academy, Simeon Business & Finance Academy and South Shore International College Prep.
 
“InVEST is proud to announce that eight Chicago public high schools will start the school year next week offering so many opportunities to young scholars,” says Robert G. Slocum, CPCU, CIC, InVEST board chair and president of The Slocum Agency, Inc., an independent agency in Warwick, R.I. “We also want to thank the National African American Insurance Association (NAAIA), the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois, the Big ‘I’ Young Agents Committee of Illinois and the InVEST company supporters, who also worked with the Chicago Public School leaders to make this partnership possible. InVEST is a team effort of great teachers, mentors and volunteers–like dozens of Illinois Big ‘I’ agents and NAAIA members—who are the backbone of this program which is so critical for the success of the industry and financial literacy for our high school and college students.”
 
InVEST develops future industry professionals by educating high school and college students about insurance, risk management and financial services. More than 19,600 students in 545 InVEST programs across the country participate each year and graduate equipped with knowledge to help them pursue careers in an agency, company or other insurance industry organization. InVEST contributes to the education and development of future insurance professionals through academic programs and scholarships. In high schools, the program offers students a business curriculum which teaches them about the dynamics of insurance agencies and companies. At the college level, the program develops students’ risk management and financial analysis skills.
 
“This is exciting for the students of Chicago and to the insurance industry, which is a major employer in the Chicago area and Illinois,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “During a time when so many students cannot find work or are unsure of a career, InVEST offers students the chance to have a rewarding career helping people during their greatest times of need. A successful InVEST program is critical not only to the future of the independent agency system, but to the insurance industry as a whole and to the financial literacy of our young people. As baby boomers retire, the InVEST program has the potential to replenish our workforce and produce the next generation of industry professionals and leaders. We are looking forward to Chicago students, and all InVEST students around the nation, becoming part of the next generation of successful business professionals in our industry.”
 
As a 501(c)(3) educational trust, InVEST benefits from the support of numerous insurance organizations, hundreds of agencies, brokers and volunteers. The program provides the insurance industry with motivated, talented and intelligent professionals through a support structure of state associations, board members, national staff, teachers and the many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons.
 
Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and colleges. The high school curriculum is a business-education program that utilizes a hands-on approach which simulates an insurance agency and company operations to prepare students for various business careers and create more knowledgeable insurance consumers. At the college level, InVEST is an information-intensive curriculum of risk management and financial services. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to www.investprogram.org.
 
Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.
 
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