By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
Lilburn Educators Honor nearly 500 High School Graduates of Web-Based Financial Education Program

Lilburn, Georgia – May 22, 2014 – Today, Berkmar High and BrandMortgage honored nearly 500 graduates from BrandAcademy, a financial education course designed to empower young people with the essential skills needed to make sound financial decisions. BrandMortgage has partnered with leading education technology company EverFi, Inc., to bring this interactive, web-based financial management program to Gwinnett County students.

Students at Berkmar High were recognized today for their outstanding work in completing the program. The event was incorporated into Berkmar Senior Day, recognizing nearly 500 students for successfully completing the BrandAcademy program. School staff, district staff, parents, and bank representatives were in attendance, where teacher and student representatives spoke to the audience.

“It is more important than ever to arm Georgia students with the skills to make sound financial decisions,” said Berkmar High Principal Al Taylor. “We are proud to offer this innovative online course to our students to ensure a brighter and more successful future.”

BrandMortgage has partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring the program to local students at no cost to the schools or the taxpayer. The web-based program uses the latest in new media technology – simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. The high school course offers over six hours of programming with ten units in a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and performance of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.

About BrandMortgage
Standing tall on their century-long history of operating with respect, trust, and integrity, BrandMortgage is a subsidiary of The Brand Banking Company – which was founded in 1905 and is one of the oldest privately-owned banks in Georgia. BrandMortgage is focused on being the best and strongest lender in the Southeast and – while they provide loans in 10 states – the full service lender has never outgrown their Georgia roots. Offering a wide variety of mortgage finance products, they help each and every client choose the best options to fit their budget and meet their individual needs. BrandMortgage strives to take the guesswork out of the application process and explains all of the options in simple, straightforward language so their clients can feel comfortable and secure with their decision. To learn more about BrandMortgage and their broad assortment of mortgage finance products, visit http://www.brandmortgage.com.

About EverFi
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life.The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures (the investment arm of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt).  Learn more at http://www.everfi.com.