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2017 Jump$tart National Educator Conference

MFEC is offering two scholarships for Montana Teachers (PreK-12) to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference, November 3-5, 2017 in Washington, D.C.


What, When and Where?

This conference, November 3-5, 2017 in Washington, D.C., offers classroom educators an opportunity to see, learn about, and try financial educational resources to integrate immediately into current lesson plans; to attend informative financial education workshops under three different strands—advocacy, curriculum/content, and personal growth; to meet with leaders from finance and education; and to network with colleagues from across the country.

View the conference details:

How to apply for the scholarship

To apply for one of two MFEC scholarships that will cover the registration fee ($425) and transportation (up to $575) applicants must submit the following in letter format: (limit of 2 single spaced pages).

1. Applicant’s name, position, school (with a brief description of responsibilities).

2. Number of years of teaching.

3. Titles of courses taught during the past three years. Please specify which courses include personal finance.

4. Statement describing how the applicant anticipates using the information from the conference in their classroom.

5. Attach a letter from administrator with approval to attend the conference.

6. Submit application to Megan Vincent,, by Friday, September 29, 2017.

How does the applicant share what was learned with the MFEC and other educators?

Applicants are asked to share what they learned with two follow-up activities.

1. Write a short article for CTE e-newsletters highlighting one concept you learned and will be implementing directly into your classroom to be shared with Montana CTE secondary educators. Due by December 1, 2017.

2. Pick of the following two options:

a. Prepare a presentation to share what you learned at the conference during one of the quarterly MFEC Board meetings (December 2017, March 2018, or June 2018). May be done in person in Helena or via technology.

b. Prepare and facilitate a workshop using the material learned at Jump$tart at an in-state professional development opportunity as agreed to by the MFEC Executive Board. Due by June 30, 2018.

FCCLA Conference

Creating Change Around the World

Announcing the Montana Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) 2017 State Leadership Conference – Creating Change Around the World!  This year’s conference will be in Billings, MT March 19-21.

In addition to competing, meeting new friends, and enhancing Leadership Skills, this year’s conference promises to be unforgettable!  Keynote speaker Brandon White will teach how to “Own It” in leadership in life during his keynote.  This year also includes several great workshops from current FCCLA members, former state officers, and partners during the new College and Career Readiness Fair.

Visit FCCLA’s Conference Page for more information.

Women's Foundation of Montana

Three New Projects Funded by WFM in 2015

The Women’s Foundation of Montana (WFM) funded three new projects throughout 2015 with a focus on financial capacity building: the Prosperity Club (sponsored by Rural Dynamics), Start Smart wage negotiation and financial education workshops for young women, and the upcoming Penny Conference for women in Missoula, MT on January 20, 2016.

Prosperity Club is a group of highly motivated, goal-oriented individuals and their families who come together to give and receive support from their peers who share in the same goals of family financial security, to increase their skills and knowledge, and to take part in a free, family-style meal. RDI staff and guest speakers from the community provide educational presentations, information on resources in the community and referrals.

Start Smart workshops prepare college women who are approaching the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate salaries and benefits. This AAUW-MT Grant Project supports Montana Governor Bullock’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force mission to eliminate the gender pay gap in Montana. Nationally and on average, women presently earn 78 cents for every dollar that a man earns. In Montana the average is between 67 cents to 71 cents, well below the national average. This project, funded for another year by a second grant from the Women’s Foundation of Montana provided workshops during the last academic year (2014-15) and is also providing workshops during the current 2015–16 academic year. Additional project funding was also received from the Montana Governor’s Commissioner of Higher Education (OSHE), the Presidents’ Offices at MSU and UM, and the MSU Women’s Center.

The Penny Conference will be held in Missoula, Montana on January 20, 2016 at the University of Montana School of Business Administration. This conference focuses on helping women grow their wealth one penny at a time. This free event will run from 7 am to 5 pm.


It’s inspiring to see these events available to the women of Montana. Thank you, Women’s Foundation of Montana, for providing enriching financial educational programs throughout our state!