Dave Kriz

Apr 18 2018

Financial Literacy Month Spotlight: Hills Bank Financial Education Program


At Hills Bank, we enjoy being a financial advisor and resource for the communities we serve. Through a partnership with education technology company EverFi, the Hills Bank Financial Education Program is empowering students in Iowa with the knowledge and skills they need to take control of their financial future.

Working with Educators and Students

The Hills Bank Financial Education Program includes two to eight hours of classroom instruction through an interactive online learning platform for elementary, middle, and high school students. In two years, we have reached over 2,000 students in nearly 30 schools throughout the Corridor.

Engaging Curriculum

This program provides high quality instruction and real-life simulations to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. EverFi has received recognition for its role in providing financial education. In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) highlighted EverFi’s programs in a report on Advancing K-12 Financial Education.

Program Overview

Vault – Understanding MoneyTM (Elementary/Middle School)

EverFi Understanding Money Program

The elementary/middle school course uses simulation and gaming technologies to introduce financial literacy skills early in a child’s cognitive development. The 2.5-hour curriculum aligns with state and national standards and includes topics such as saving, budgeting, responsibility and decision-making, credit and debt, careers, income, and charity.

EverFi – Financial EducationTM (High School)

EverFi Financial Education Program

This eight-hour web-based program uses the latest in new media technology to address advanced financial concepts. 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.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Hills Bank Financial Education Program, contact our Youth and Education Director at Dave_Kriz@HillsBank.com.

Dave Kriz

About Dave Kriz

Dave Kriz is Vice President, Youth and Education Director for Hills Bank. He has been at Hills Bank since 2001 helping customers with their banking needs. Dave is active in youth and education programs Hills Bank sponsors. As a former teacher, he enjoys teaching Banking 101 classes at area schools, which educate junior high students about managing finances. Each year, Dave also organizes the Youth Salute program that recognizes outstanding high school seniors in our surrounding communities. Dave can be reached at dave_kriz@hillsbank.com.

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