North Carolina Bankers Association Announced Creation of NC Center for Financial Literacy

April 24, 2014

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WebRALEIGH, N.C. – The issue of widespread financial illiteracy in this country, especially in North Carolina, has garnered significant attention in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The state, according to a report released just this week, places 37th, the bottom third, in a ranking of the financial literacy of all 50 states. The North Carolina Bankers Association held a press conference on April 24th to announce the creation of the North Carolina Center for Financial Literacy (NCCFL). Showing their commitment to financial education, North Carolina Superintendent of Public Schools, June Atkinson, and Governor Pat McCrory’s Senior Adviser on Education, Eric Guckian, participated in the press conference.

“Ultimately, a united voice on this important issue of providing adequate financial education to all students in North Carolina must be established,” explained Ron Black, Chairman of the NCBA and President & CEO of the Bank of Oak Ridge. “It is imperative to the economic success and advancement of this state, which has been recognized for many decades as an innovative pioneer in education.”

Jan Dillon has been named Director of the North Carolina Center for Financial Literacy.

“NCCFL will strive to unite the many, various and disparate units of individuals, organizations, groups and businesses advocating financial education throughout North Carolina. The purpose of the Center will be to bring these key leaders and decision makers together, around a neutral table, to discuss financial education as related to every citizen of North Carolina. From the outset, a focus will be placed on the state’s public schools. As part of a strategic long-term vision, NCCFL will act as the clearinghouse for ideas that will lead to the advancement of financial literacy throughout all stages of life. This includes, but is not limited to, K-12 education, higher-ed and adulthood. The first step for the Center will be to address standards and curriculum in the North Carolina public schools that will incorporate digital solutions to immerse the system with financial education. The Center will operate from the NCBA’s headquarters at 3601 Haworth Drive, Raleigh, NC,” explained Jan Dillon, Director of the NC Center for Financial Literacy.

Dr. Atkinson and Guckian each echoed the importance of establishing the best practices and the best resources for teaching financial literacy.  

“We all share the same commitment to ensure the advancement of financial literacy. Jan Dillon will be a valuable asset as the banking industry in North Carolina works tirelessly to expand the foundation and advancement of financial education throughout the state’s 100 counties,” said Thad Woodard, President & CEO of the NCBA. “Bankers in our state want to do all possible to assist this cause.”

Dillon, a High Point native, graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University in 2010 with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. She received her Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law and was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2013.

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Photo Caption: (Left to Right) Thad Woodard, President & CEO, NCBA; Dr. June Atkinson, NC Superintendent of Public Instruction; Ron Black, NCBA Chairman, and President & CEO, Bank of Oak Ridge; Jan Dillon, Director, NC Center for Financial Literacy; and Eric Guckian, Senior Education Adviser to Governor Pat McCrory. 

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About the North Carolina Bankers Association
The North Carolina Bankers Association brings together all categories of banking institutions that best represent the interests of our rapidly changing state. The state’s banks have provided support to their communities since 1805. Look for a current listing at www.ncba.com.