West Virginia Educators Gather for Finance University with Support from PRA Group

PRA Group Executive Presented Money Management Session

Earlier this week, West Virginia University (WVU) hosted its 21st annual Finance University in Morgantown, West Virginia. During the week-long conference, Treena Lauer, senior vice president and controller at PRA Group, spoke to nearly 50 West Virginia educators about teaching money management to their K-12 students.

PRA Group is a publicly traded, global financial services company. Its partnership with the West Virginia University (WVU) John Chambers College of Business and Economics began in 2020 with support for the school’s Center for Financial Literacy and Education (CFLE). Since then, representatives across the company’s finance and tax departments have added to PRA Group’s financial support by presenting during the Finance University program’s year-round community offerings.

“Financial literacy is a critical foundation I have already started discussing with my own young children, and I was happy to have this opportunity to make an even broader impact with those same conversations,” said Lauer. “At PRA Group, we recognize that the pathway to financial health begins with education. We’re committed to being part of the solution.”

In March, West Virginia became the 19th state to add financial literacy courses to its public high school graduation requirements. Finance University is not only a source for classroom material; attendees also receive Continuing Education Credit.

Among the educators in attendance was a group from West Virginia Schools of Diversion & Transition (WVSDT). These teachers provide educational services to over 6,000 youth and adults in residential and other state-operated facilities. “Providing financial literacy training to teachers who serve that community will accrue significant benefits to our state and beyond,” said Ann Marie Hibbert, professor of finance and the interim chair of the Finance Department at WVU.

About PRA Group

As a global leader in acquiring and collecting nonperforming loans, PRA Group, Inc. returns capital to banks and other creditors to help expand financial services for consumers in the Americas, Europe and Australia. With thousands of employees worldwide, PRA Group companies collaborate with customers to help them resolve their debt. For more information, please visit www.pragroup.com.

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