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Junior Achievement’s 2nd Annual Stock Market Challenge brings the Excitement of Wall Street to San Diego

Junior Achievement’s 2nd Annual Stock Market Challenge brings the Excitement of Wall Street to San Diego

This exciting, fast-paced event connects teens to the future world of business presented by Qualcomm

SAN DIEGO, CA — On Thursday, February 1st , 130 students from local high schools got a taste of the fast-paced, high-stakes stock market at Junior Achievement’s 2nd Annual  Stock Market Challenge.  The high-energy event began with a student competition and concluded with an evening competition for college and corporate teams.   The program took place at the fabulous QUALCOMM Conference Center.

Using state-of-the-art technology in a simulated trading environment, each team will began with $500,000 in fictitious funds and interacted with on-site traders to buy and sell shares with the goal of building the highest-net worth portfolio by the end of the trading period.  The trading is fast, fun and furious as 60 trading days are condensed into two hours with a new trading day beginning every 80 seconds! Teams must think on their feet as they make real-trades in real-time, while filtering through the changing news and stock tips tracking latest market trends.  At the end of day, the team with the largest portfolio was crowned Stock Market Champions.

“This event is fantastic because it connects classroom learning to the real world of business.  The simulation is fun and gives students a true sense of competition and what it takes to successfully buy and sell stocks,” said Stephen Soderbach, a teacher at Vista High School.  His business management students participated in the event last year.

The goal is to raise money to deliver Junior Achievement’s life changing financial literacy programs to 81,500 students in grades K-12 this year.  Junior Achievement’s mission is to get kids real world ready by teaching them how to get a job, start a business and how to manage their money.

Event sponsors for the JA Stock Market Challenge include QUALCOMM, Callan Capital, Intuit, Reilly Financial Advisors  Signature Analysis, Synergy One Lending, and Pro Back Office

“We are so grateful to our generous sponsors for bringing this exciting event to life for our JA students and corporate teams,” said Marla Black, President and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. “All proceeds from the event support our educational programs that teach K-12 students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.” 

Our 2018 winners!!

  • 1st Place Wildcats of Wall Street from El Camino High
  • 2nd Place Borborygmous Co. from Vista High
  • 3rd Place Young, Dumb, and Rich from Mount Miguel High

Photos of our event can be found here:

Adult & College Teams Facebook Gallery

Student Facebook Photo Gallery

Remembering Chuck Gorder, SDCEE Founding President

Charles F. Gorder, Sr., known as “Chuck” to his friends, was the founding President of the EconEd Foundation (the San Diego Center for Economic Education’s (SDCEE) non-profit funding organization).  He, along with a group of business people in the east county of San Diego, started the organization in 1976.  Chuck has always been a loyal board member of both EconEd and SDCEE.  SDCEE would most likely not exist today without his tireless efforts over these many years.  It is with much sadness that we inform you that he passed away on November 19, 2017


SDCEE November 2017 Update

Cuyamaca College hosts the San Diego Center for Economic Education (SDCEE). SDCEE provides programs in economics and personal financial literacy for pre-K to 12 teachers in San Diego County and surrounding areas. SDCEE helps schools to integrate the teaching of economics and personal finance across all grade levels. SDCEE provides a variety of quality programs, classes and workshops that enable teachers to help students meet California State Standards in economics and to have the practical knowledge and skills necessary to become vital members of the local and global economy. This is the tenth year that Cuyamaca College has been hosting SDCEE. SDCEE is one of five other centers in California; the others are all hosted by universities.

Members of the SDCEE Advisory Board have a busy fall presenting at teacher conferences.

Board member Gifford Asimos conducted a breakout session on innovative ways to teach economics to high school students at the annual California School Economics Teachers Conference at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. Associate Director Brett Litoff and board member Chris O’Bryne conducted two separate financial literacy trainings for teachers and staff at Diego Valley Charter School in El Cajon and at the San Elijo campus of Mira Costa College. Center Director Anthony Zambelli conducted a breakout session on using YouTube videos to teach personal finance at the California Business Educators Conference in Garden Grove, California and a breakout session on using public choice theory to explain the election of Donald Trump at the Professors Teaching Conference at the St Louis Federal Reserve Bank. Gifford teaches Accounting and AP Economics at Helix Charter High School and Principles of Economics at Cuyamaca College, Brett teaches at San Pasqual Academy, Chris teaches accounting at Cuyamaca College and Anthony is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Cuyamaca College.

Annual Planning Meeting

Each August, the SDCEE Advisory Board comes together to discuss plans for the upcoming school year. This year one of the original members of the board joined us for part of the day. Chuck Gorder was recognized for his commitment to Economics Education in San Diego.

October 20, 2017: CASET Conference

The California Association of School Economics Teachers (CASET) presents its 22nd annual Economics Conference.

Join us at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and celebrate the great work that you do. Enjoy a day of fun as we present resources and information to help you improve your students’ understanding of economics.

Friday 10/20/2017, 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
101 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Register Now

Please tell a colleague about this great conference.

Presentations will include the following:
Discussing Public Choice – Ninos Malek, Professor at De Anza College.
Are your Students College & Career Ready? – Federal Reserve Bank.
The Economics of the new History/Social Science Framework – Jim Charkins, CASET Co-Founder, Janet Mann, Consultant for CDE & Joshua Mitton, CCEE.
Teaching the basics and beyond using MOBLAB – Sam Lepler & Damon Halback.
Games for a Macro Econ Class – Meagan Kirts & Barbara Gray.
Keynote Speaker – Steve Reff, Best practices in teaching Economics.

Fusenot Foundation Feature

The California Council for Economic Education and SDCEE were recent featured on the Fusenot Foundation website. Thank you, Fusenot Foundation for your ongoing support of our programs.

Local Economics Professor Honored

SDCEE Advisory Board Member and MiraCosta Economics Professor Delores Loedel was recognized as the Junior Achievement Volunteer of the Year for the North County-Coastal region. Her support of JA and economic literacy has helped the organization impact over 80,000 students.

The San Diego Council for Economics Education congratulates Loedel’s accomplishments!

Read the full story here.

Mind Treasures

SDCEE now partners with Mind Treasures, an organization that teaches economic concepts to students. Check out the video to see the important work being done.

Video Presentation

About Mind Treasures

We are proud to announce establishment of Mind Treasures’ programs in Nigeria. A small group of young adults completed the ABCs of Wealth – Basic Level during the month of June. 

We are working with several other affiliates around the world to establish the program. More details are forth coming. Proceeds from sale and support of programs to affiliates are helping fund local
programs in San Diego.

Our deepest appreciation to everyone who support the program.

View the website for more information.

Mind Treasures’ Team

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