Governor Doug Ducey Visits Metro Tech High School

Posted by Community Relations on 8/24/2015

Governor Doug Ducey visited Metro Tech High School August 17 to promote financial literacy for Arizona students. He spoke to junior and senior banking, business management and sports marketing students of teachers Jeff Howard, Francis Bidleman, Debbie Cross and Chris Liebelt-Garcia. These classes take the online EverFi Financial Literacy course that covers such topics such as saving, investing, and financing higher education. The students also participated in a question and answer session with the Governor.

Ducey toured the campus, visiting Auto Tech, the START ESS program at the cafeteria, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Floral Design and Business Operations, and the student-run campus Canyon State Credit Union.

Ducey shared his work background with the students, beginning as a bus boy in Ohio, emphasizing the concept of “paying yourself first,” when you begin to earn an income. The idea of living within your means and planning for the future applies to individuals, small businesses and government.
Ducey joked that he received much undeserved popularity when selling ice cream (with Coldstone Creamery), but that all goes away when you become governor.
He congratulated the teachers and students for Metro Tech’s success, and presented Principal Bryan Reynoso with a $500 donation that will go towards a matching fund when freshmen students open up a savings account with the school’s credit union. Besides learning to manage money, the account can grow to cover expenses such as yearbook purchases, prom tickets and graduation cap and gowns.

Last year, approximately 200 Metro Tech students completed and passed a financial literacy program last year. Business teachers implemented the financial literacy program to sophomores in their Metro Career Connections class with the goal of producing financially literate citizens before leaving high school. The self-paced online course takes six to eight hours to complete, and students must score 70% or higher to pass.