PDC Energy, an oil and gas company headquartered in Denver, has donated $10,000 to a Colorado nonprofit that supports professional development for teachers in financial literacy instruction.
“We are grateful that PDC Energy recognizes the value of students learning about personal finances and economics before they start making important decisions,” said Debbie Pierce, president and CEO of Economic Literacy Colorado. “This generous gift will go a long way in helping us equip teachers with the knowledge and tools they need in their classrooms.”
In the coming year, the donation will fund professional development for Denver and Weld County educators, as well as a stock market simulation exercise for students in grades 3-12.
In the 2017-2018 school year, 1,602 teachers attended EconLitCo courses, including 464 who participated in MoneyWi$er Personal Finance for Teachers, a series of workshops funded by the attorney general’s office. Over 16,000 students participated in the stock market exercise.
More than two-thirds of the nonprofit’s revenue comes from contributions. Courses available to educators include how to teach about the federal budget and national debt, Brexit, and women in the economy.