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SALT LAKE CITY-Mountain America Credit Union Public Relations Officer Jodi Mitchell has recently provided her input to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Financial Literacy and Education Commission in Washington D.C. regarding the national strategy of financial education. Mitchell is one of only eight lender representatives selected as part of the Commission’s series of meetings with various interest groups including the academic segment, not-for-profits and lenders to help determine how to improve the financial literacy of Americans. Information and ideas provided during each meeting will be used to produce a summary report to be released in June 2005. “It was really an honor to be a part of this select group and to share our thoughts and ideas with the Commission,” said Mitchell. According to Mitchell, Mountain America CU has long been an advocate of financial literacy and has been involved with schools to provide materials and presenters for more than a decade. Credit union representatives, including Mitchell, visit several schools and other venues each year presenting such information as Checking Account Management, Basics of Credit and Identity Theft Protection. Mitchell also serves on the Board of Directors for the Utah Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, which played a key role in getting legislation passed that mandates financial literacy courses in Utah high schools. The Utah State Board of Education also played an important role in accepting the mandate and developing standards and objectives for the course. Utah is one of only seven states that require financial literacy in the schools and one of only three that require it as a stand-alone class.

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