Helping to Prepare Students for a Solid Financial Future

Two students in a lecture hall
October 16, 2018

More than 50 students at Desert Pines High School were recognized for their successful completion of the Bank of Nevada Financial Cents Program, an effort to provide students in Southern Nevada with the smart money skills they need to be better-informed consumers.

During a brief ceremony, Bank of Nevada volunteers and Desert Pines High School educators congratulated students on becoming better-informed consumers and also presented each student with a certificate showing they completed the Financial Cents program. 

As part of its commitment to improving financial knowledge among Southern Nevada students, Bank of Nevada has underwritten the Financial Cents digital financial education program and provided it at no cost to 20 Title 1 schools in the Clark County School District (CCSD), reaching approximately 2,500 students so far. The Bank of Nevada Financial Cents Program allows each student to learn at their own pace and also tracks the progress and score of each participant. 

“As these students grow older they will face an increasingly complex financial system, and will encounter financial decisions that they may not otherwise be prepared for,” said John Guedry, CEO, Bank of Nevada. “The Financial Cents Program gives students the opportunity and the skills to become better-educated consumers, providing them with knowledge that will be beneficial for years to come,” he said. 

Through an alliance with EVERFI, the nation’s leading educational technology company, the Bank of Nevada Financial Cents Program provides students with a 10-unit course offering more than six hours of instruction. Students are immersed in many real-life scenarios which helps teach, assess and certify students in several critical areas, including:

  • Credit Scores
  • Insurance
  • Credit cards
  • Student loans
  • Mortgages
  • Taxes
  • Stocks
  • Savings
  • 401(k)s and other essential concepts

In addition to the Financial Cents program, Bank of Nevada supports many programs and organizations that strive to improve the public education system and better prepare students for future workforce opportunities. 

Bank of Nevada CEO John Guedry founded the Business + Education (BE) Engaged Summit which connects business leaders to nonprofit organizations and public schools to create collaborations that help elevate student achievement and workforce skills. As a result of a large donation announced by The STEM Academy, Inc. at the 2016 BE Engaged event, every middle school in the state of Nevada has access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum at no cost. Bank of Nevada also provides financial support to Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada and coordinates bank volunteers to help instruct students in financial literacy lessons. 

Bank of Nevada is also a financial supporter of Green our Planet, a nonprofit organization that has placed more than 150 gardens on public school campuses. The gardens provide students with hands-on learning opportunities and exposure to STEM principles. Many schools go on to participate in semi-annual student farmers markets where they sell the produce they have grown, and gain insight into the essentials of operating a small business.

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Bank of Nevada, a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, delivers relationship banking that puts clients at the center of everything. Founded in 1994, Bank of Nevada offers a full spectrum of tailored commercial banking solutions delivered with outstanding service. With offices in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas and Mesquite, Bank of Nevada is part of Western Alliance Bancorporation, which has more than $70 billion in assets. Major accolades include being ranked as a top U.S. bank in 2023 by American Banker and Bank Director. As a regional bank with significant national capabilities, Bank of Nevada delivers the reach, resources and local market expertise that make a difference for customers.