NWTC Financial Coach program wins state award

Thursday January 22, 2015
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Programs honored for sustained impact on financial wellness​

The NWTC Financial Coach program has been honored for its impact on the financial knowledge and health of NWTC students.  

Governor Scott Walker announced that 17 individuals, businesses and organizations have been named recipients of the 2014 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award, as selected by the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy.

“These worthy individuals and organizations are making a difference by increasing the personal financial knowledge and skills of Wisconsinites of all ages,” Walker said. “By improving their financial capabilities, our citizens can improve their quality of life and, in the process, help strengthen the Wisconsin economy.”

NWTC's Financial Coach can help students build a budget, understand credit scores, balance a checkbook, understand student loans and more. Staff help participating students lower their financial stress and become more fiscally fit in order to help students complete their education and achieve their goals. Services are confidential and free to students. They include:

  • Financial aid budgeting

  • Credit report assistance

  • Debt management

  • Monthly budgeting

  • Referrals to other financial resources

The Financial Coach position was created because students often cite financial difficulty as a source of stress and a cause for discontinuing their education.

The Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award recipients will be honored in a ceremony at the Capitol on January 28, 2015. They were selected from 38 nominations submitted for consideration. Criteria used in the screening process included innovative implementation, demonstrated measureable results, collaboration with partners, and whether the effort was focused on needs‐based groups.

Winners were announced in three categories.


  • Michael R. Kania, Nicolet High School, Glendale
  • Melissa Meyer, DC Everest Middle School, Schofield
  • Brad Naumann, Slinger High School, Slinger
  • Kristin Verhulst, W2 Job Development, and Aaron Mielke, Wheels to Work Program, Marathon County, Weston


  • Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM) The Sky’s the Limit
  • Academy team, Milwaukee
  • Brookfield East High School Business Department, Brookfield
  • First National Bank of Berlin
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Financial Coaching Services, Green Bay
  • Rhinelander Partners in Education, Rhinelander
  • Summit Credit Union, Madison
  • University of Wisconsin‐Extension Rent Smart Team, Oshkosh

Legacy (for an organization dedicated to financial literacy and capability):

  • James Flora, EconomicsWisconsin, New Holstein High School, Wisconsin Council of Social Studies, and Lakeland Center for Economic Education Board, New Holstein
  • Kenneth R. King, Executive Director, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Sheboygan
  • Make a Difference – Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Royal Credit Union School $ense, Eau Claire
  • Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, Milwaukee

The Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy was created by Executive Order #24 and held its inaugural meeting in April 2011. The mission of the Council is to measurably improve the financial literacy of Wisconsin citizens.


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