During Fin. Lit. Month, La Pine promotes fin. ed. in Fla. op-eds
April 20, 2015
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (4/21/15)--Patrick La Pine, president/CEO of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, authored a commentary celebrating the financial education efforts of credit unions. It appeared in the Tampa Bay Tribune and the Pensacola News Journal.
La Pine's comments were framed within the context of Financial Literacy Month, celebrated nationwide every April, the same month as National Credit Union Youth Month, sponsored by CUNA.
"The Florida Credit Union Association, an affiliate of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates, works year-round to empower Florida students with the financial education and understanding they will need as they transition into fiscal independence and become successful contributing members of society," La Pine wrote.
Financial savvy is important for students to thrive in everyday life, La Pine said, especially for those who hope to run their own businesses or attain leadership positions. "Financial literacy is a requirement to comprehend budgets, inventory, payroll, and other aspects that come along with owning and managing a business and employees," La Pine wrote.
At the same time, poor financial habits can lead to a lifetime of bad credit and debt.
"Financial responsibility is a crucial part of gaining independence as Florida students look toward the future," La Pine wrote. "We must ensure they are prepared with the skillset needed to make fiscally responsible choices and maintain financial stability."