In recognition of financial literacy month, Kaplan
University, in partnership with Operation
HOPE, today announced plans to offer training for industry
professionals to teach financial literacy education in the community.
The self-paced course, which leads to the Operation HOPE Financial
Literacy Professional Certification, is scheduled to be offered through
Kaplan University's Open
Learning Platform in the coming months. It is specifically designed
to train financial services providers to teach this most important life
"Kaplan University has worked closely with Operation HOPE for several
years to help both our students and their clients better manage their
personal and education finances. By developing and offering an open
course that trains and certifies individuals to teach financial
literacy, we hope to have a positive impact in the community-at-large,"
said Dr. Wade Dyke, president of Kaplan University.
HOPE Financial Literacy Professional Certification for HOPE Inside Plus,
offered by Kaplan University, will recognize employees that have become
certified through the Kaplan course as HOPE financial literacy
professionals. Bank branches and other approved financial services
locations that employ HOPE certified financial literacy professionals
automatically become members of the Operation HOPE Membership Network,
providing qualified HOPE financial services at their branch location and
"Financial literacy in today's world is almost as important as learning
to read and write," said John Hope Bryant Operation HOPE founder,
chairman and CEO. "Working through Kaplan University to develop an
online open learning certification course is anoter example of
Operation HOPE's focused efforts to promote an understanding of how
money and finances work, and create a cohesive standard of excellence by
equipping bank employees to teach financial literacy."
Through its many partners, which include the U.S. Small Business
Association, the Financial Services Roundtable, the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Financial Industry Regulatory
Authority (FINRA), the American Bankers Association, numerous banking
partners, and many other government and community organizations,
Operation HOPE has empowered more than 2 million individuals since 1992.
As a HOPE Inside Network member, SunTrust Banks, Inc. echoes the need
for increasing financial literacy which will lead to the financial
well-being of the communities they serve. "The Kaplan course will help
educate and certify many members of the financial services industry who
will provide financial literacy education to those in need," said Dan
Mahurin, SunTrust Financial Well-Being executive.
"Popular Community Bank, an Operation HOPE partner, agrees financial
literacy certification is important, added, Brian Doran, NY Metro Region
Executive, Popular Community Bank. "We applaud Operation HOPE and Kaplan
for creating a standard in the delivery of tools for financial industry
professionals through this certification program."
About Kaplan University
Kaplan University offers a different school of thought for higher
education. It strives to help adult students unlock their talent by
providing a practical, student-centered education that prepares them for
careers in some of the fastest-growing industries. The University, which
has its main campus in Davenport, Iowa, and its headquarters in Chicago,
is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org)
and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and
Schools. Kaplan University serves approximately 44,000 online and
campus-based students. The University has 11 campuses in Iowa, Nebraska,
Maryland and Maine, and Kaplan University Learning Centers
in Maryland, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Missouri.
Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan,
Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career
services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan, Inc. serves
approximately 65,000 students online and through approximately 60
campus-based schools across the United States. Kaplan's higher education
schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from certificates
and diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a juris
doctor degree. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array
of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional
training and programs for kids in grades K-12. Kaplan, Inc. is a
subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company and its largest division. For more
information, visit www.kaplanuniversity.edu.
Kaplan, Inc. recently received acknowledgement from Fast Company
magazine as one of the Top 10 most innovative companies in Education.
About Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE)
The mission of Operation HOPE, Inc. (HOPE) is silver rights empowerment,
making free enterprise work for everyone. It promotes financial dignity
through the delivery of financial inclusion and education tools to
underserved communities. Through its core divisions, the organization
has provided youth and adult financial literacy, economic preparedness,
digital empowerment, promoted home ownership, and assisted with
foreclosure prevention to more than 2 million individuals, families, and
small business owners. HOPE's next phase will be focused on Project
5117, a multi-year initiative that will track and increase business role
models for youth, boost credit scores for adults, and empower
underserved communities. To learn how you can join Project
5117, go to www.operationhope.org.
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