Bishop Ward High School

Preparing for Success

January 23, 2015 (Kansas City, Kan.): Bishop Ward High School’s Academy of Finance partnered with area businesses to host a Preparing for Success Workshop on Friday, January 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kansas City, Kansas. 75 students and 16 metropolitan businesses attended the workshop.

The workshop incorporated business partners from KPMG (accounting firm), Latin Pointe Productions (entertainment), Kansas University Hospital (medical), Providence Medical Center (marketing), Tico Productions (technology), Board Of Public Utilities (management), Unified Government (public relations), Kansas City Kansas Community College (admissions), Kansas University (college experience), Federal Reserve Bank (financial literacy), Brotherhood Bank (financial management) and more. 

Business partners of the Academy of Finance presented and advised the students of the Bishop Ward High School with real world experiences for their success. Each student attended sessions that were designed for their development. Sessions included subject matter from adapting to college to interview and resume skills. 

All of the students that attended this workshop had the opportunity to participate in a “speed networking” exercise. The goal of the activity was to provide the students with an opportunity to learn about careers with the expectation that they may discover a career path that could be for them. It gave them a chance to learn about careers based on personality and a chance to learn about careers they may not have considered. 

The Bishop Ward High School Academy of Finance connects high school students with the world of financial services and personal finance, offering a curriculum that covers banking and credit, financial planning, global finance, securities, insurance, accounting, and economics. 

The Academy of Finance at Bishop Ward has 90 students, who have committed three years of their high school education to go beyond their rigorous classroom curriculum to be positioned for a life of financial literacy. This Academy is the only private school among 28 states and the Virgin Islands, which is a part of the National Academy Foundation.