COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the month of May, one of which is the Northern Local School District. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy education and empowerment.

Sheridan Middle School and Sheridan High School, both in the Northern Local district, have prioritized personal finance by utilizing OSU Extension Perry County’s Real Money, Real World curriculum, according to a news release from the Ohio Treasurer’s office. The program provides students with personal finance education and an in-person experiential learning simulation.

Additionally, in conjunction with the local Extension office and other area partners, Sheridan High School has implemented the Game of Life course. The semester long course provides students with education on a variety of topics related to financial education and other important skills for success after graduation.

Also recognized were the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College, which represent a unique partnership between a private university and a public community college. Through this model, students can reach their education goals by utilizing transfer credits between both schools to lower costs and earn specific certifications. This partnership has made significant strides to enhance transparency and make information regarding student loans and financial aid more understandable for families and students. Additionally, students receive counseling and financial education related to their course selections as part of the financial aid process.

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