What is the Academy of Finance?
Established in 1982, the Academy of Finance introduces students to the broad career opportunities in the financial services industry and, in the process, equips them to make sound choices for the future. A member program of the National Academy Foundation, the Academy of Finance operates as a "school within a school" and is located in more than 275 high schools nationwide.
In the past decade, technology has revolutionized virtually every aspect of every position in the financial services industry, and hundreds of thousands of low-skilled jobs have been consolidated into fewer, more demanding positions. Today, despite volatile financial markets and well-publicized layoffs in the industry, the demand for talented applicants who have mastered the "soft skills"-the ability to communicate effectively, work as team members, and solve problems-is unabated and likely to grow. Opportunities abound; professional and technical knowledge are more critical than ever to grasp them and enter the world of work.
Meeting the Needs
Through the changing economy of the last 20 years, the Academy of Finance has helped meet these needs by preparing high school students for successful careers in financial services and in other fields. Through their Academy experience, students gain an understanding of the connections that exist between their education and the workplace. Through teachers and industry mentors, the Academy provides students with the curriculum and guidance necessary for rewarding careers.