Contact: Allison Fore
VALPARAISO, IN – In addition to lessons studied in their accounting books, business students at Valparaiso High School were surprised with real life insight during a visit from Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita today.
Forty accounting students and faculty joined Secretary of State Rokita as he shared practical, real world examples about financial planning and budgeting. He also explained the role of the secretary of state’s office and how its services are applicable to the students’ daily lives.
"Learning how to manage money and protect investments is a vital part of lifelong education," Rokita told the students. "The sooner you learn to manage money, the better prepared you will be to meet and overcome financial challenges."
Rokita’s office provides a variety of educational materials and outreach to help educate Hoosiers of all ages. For instance, Rokita’s office created "Indiana Investment Watch" after a statewide survey conducted in the spring of 2006 showed that nearly two-thirds of Indiana adults who own financial investments have little or no knowledge about potential fraud schemes or the security of investments.
Indiana Investment Watch is a free service and is funded entirely from the fines paid by stock brokerage firms in connection with the settlement of stock analyst conflict of interest cases.
Additional information about any of the programs offered through the Secretary of State’s office can be obtained by visiting www.in.gov/sos.