August 26, 2016: Financial planning for teens – one of the requested courses offered by Continuing Studies at Capilano University

      NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – Teens and parents asked, and Capilano University delivered. This October, the University is offering a day-long financial planning and money management workshop for teens as one of its Continuing Studies offerings. 

      The feedback was clear after ex-banker Jim Francis taught the Create Your Own Business summer camp in 2015. Parents, teenagers and high school teachers told Continuing Studies they craved a better understanding of money matters, so Continuing Studies asked Francis to create a hands-on workshop. This fall, Francis will lead the third iteration of the course.

      “We strive to offer demand-driven, relevant and highly-applied courses and programs that help individuals of all ages build and enhance their skills and knowledge,” says Karmen Blackwood, director of Continuing Studies & Executive Education at Capilano University. “We work with the very best instructors and facilitators who are deep subject matter experts, and who have a proven track record in their area of expertise to teach learners what they want and need to know.”

      Francis motivates his students to pinpoint what they really want out of life. The teens then develop the financial plan and money management practices that will help them realize their goals and values. They learn how to budget, avoid the credit card trap, peer pressure and impulse buying. 

      “I’m alarmed by the lack of financial acumen out there, not just in teens, but in adults,” says Francis, a local entrepreneur and consultant. “It’s a huge gap. There’s a real need and benefit to learning financial planning.”

      Financial Planning & Money Management for Teens is just one of 55 courses, series and workshops to be offered this fall for learners of all ages by Continuing Studies, and for managers and business leaders by Executive Education

      Other courses include creative writing, project management and custom English as a Second Language classes for international groups.

      New programming includes a North Van Small Business “how to” series of workshops, an Award of Achievement in Applied Digital Communications & Social Media and a new Executive Education partnership with the Human Resources Management Association.
      About Jim Francis
      Jim Francis has worked in personal and commercial banking, training, human resources and knowledge management. His career has taken him across Canada and around the world to present on a variety of topics. Francis has taught in Continuing Studies at Capilano University since 2009. His students continue to praise his experiential and motivational teaching style.

      About Continuing Studies & Executive Education
      Continuing Studies & Executive Education (CSEE) is a strategic business unit of Capilano University that serves diverse communities of learners locally, regionally and internationally. CSEE offers custom (in-house) educational opportunities (courses, workshops and programs) in flexible formats, and is comprised of two distinct program portfolios, Continuing Studies and Executive Education.

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,600 students each year, 8,300 in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations. 

      For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact: 

      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University
      t: 604.983.7596
      c: 778.879.7119