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University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Centers for Economic Education

The Nebraska Council on Economic Education supports five Centers for Economic Education throughout the state. These centers work closely with and partner with educators in their regions to provide world-class economic and financial literacy education programs to K-12 students here in Nebraska.

Each center provides unique programs and resources that complement the skills, talents and needs of their communities. Nebraska is fortunate to have some of the best and most respected centers in the nation that are led by the finest economic educators available.

Please visit each Center's webpage by clicking on the logos above and learn what they can offer you.

University of Nebraska—Lincoln

The goal of the UNL Center for Economic Education is to increase the quantity and enhance the quality of economic education. This goal is achieved through teacher education, instructional services, materials development, faculty education and research.

The UNL center conducts credit courses and non-credit workshops to increase the economic understanding of teachers and to improve their skills in teaching and integrating economics into their present curriculum. Graduate courses are offered for certified school teachers and administrators. Undergraduate credit courses are offered for College of Business majors and minors as well as education majors in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

The center also offers pre-college programs and events including the following:

  • Elementary Savings Program — a partnership between the center, financial institution, and local school district. An official Branch of the partnering financial institution housed in the school with students serving as tellers.
  • Econ is Everywhere! Summer Camp for post 6th through post 8th grade students. The camp takes students on a journey into the exciting world of economics as it relates to money, entertainment, government, sports, and the global economy.
  • Economics Day for high school students and their teachers is coordinated by the UNL center and held at the UNL campus.
  • Academic Competitions for middle and high school students including the Economics Challenge, Finance Challenge, and the Stock Market Game.

Contact Zachary Ferrara for more information on these fun and educational programs in economic education.

University of Nebraska—Lincoln
523 Howard L. Hawks Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0482
Phone: 402-472-2315

Interim Director: Zachary Ferrara —

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Jamie Wagner - UNO Staff

Jamie Wagner
UNL Center Director

Established in the late 1970s and jointly supported by the College of Business and College of Education, the UNO center continues to serve K-12 teachers in the Omaha metropolitan area. In 2005, the UNO center was reviewed by the National Council on Economic Education and given its highest accreditation rating.

The mission of the UNO center for Economic Education is to improve the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska and Western Iowa citizens by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-12 classes. The Center assists and encourages teachers in their efforts to teach the economic concepts needed by future citizens to become well-informed voters, wise consumers, and effective producers.

University of Nebraska at Omaha
134T Mammel Hall
Omaha, NE 68182-0048
Phone 402-554-2357
Fax 402-554-3747

Director: Jamie Wagner —

University of Nebraska-Kearney

Housed in the College of Business and Technology, the UNK center for Economic Education shares over 20 years of UNK's history. The center was established in 1985 to provide a resource for K-12 teachers wanting to incorporate economics into their curriculum. The general purpose of the center was the promotion of a better understanding of economics and our economic system through an establishment of a curriculum library and workshops to provide training for the teachers.

Today, that general purpose remains, but has evolved to more efficiently interact with the UNK community, be it the UNK students, the city of Kearney, the region of Southwest Nebraska, or a broader, more global community. The mission has expanded to include outreach programs that allow the Center to collaborate with other entities sharing the same passion.

University of Nebraska—Kearney
Department of Economics
Kearney, NE 68847
Phone 308-865-8482

Director: Alyse Pflanz —

Alyse Pflanz - UNO Staff

Alyse Pflanz
UNL Center Director

Chadron State College

Gary A Dusek - Chadron State College Staff

Gary Dusek
CSC Center Administrator

The Center for Economic Education at the Chadron State College goals have been to increase the economic literacy, financial literacy, entrepreneurship literacy and critical thinking skills of teachers, students and the general public in our service region.

Our goals were achieved through undergraduate courses, graduate courses, workshops and distribution of educational materials from the National Council on Economic Education, Nebraska Council on Economic Education, Federal Reserve System and center for Economic Education.

The center has scheduled a graduate course each summer (June) with the focus on certified K-12 Nebraska teachers. The Topics course content has varied each summer with the Guffey Scholarship available for certified K-12 Nebraska teachers and administrators. Master of Business Administration students have utilized the course as part of their Plan of Study for the MBA program at Chadron State.

The center has hosted and coordinated the Annual World Food Day Teleconference each year in October. Each spring the center provided an Economics exam to the area high school students as part of the Scholastics Day at Chadron State College. Traditionally, the center has been a strong advocate and supporter of the Stock Market Game and served as a mentor for the Game.

Chadron State College
Division of Business and Economics
Chadron, NE 69337
Phone 308-432-6368

Administrator: Gary A. Dusek —

Wayne State College

The mission of the Wayne State College center for Economic Education is to promote a better understanding of economics and our economic system. We are a resource for schools, ESU units, and adult groups throughout Northeast Nebraska.

The Wayne State center has hosted workshops and teleconferences on various methods of infusing economics into the K-12 curriculum, provided pre-service teacher training, offered graduate courses on Economic Education for teachers, and Stock Market Game training.

Wayne State College
Department of Business and Economics
Wayne, NE 68787
Phone 402-375-7029

Director: Chuck Parker —
Field Representative:
Pat Arneson —

Chuck Parker - WSC Staff

Chuck Parker
WSC Center Director

Curtis Satellite Center to the Centers for Economic Education

Mary Rittenhouse

Mary Rittenhouse
NCTA Director

The center provides outreach to area teachers and students in economic and financial education programs.

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
Curtis, NE 69025

Director: Mary Rittenhouse —