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FACS receives $50,000 grant to support financial planning program

The financial planning, housing and consumer economics department within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences received a $50,000 grant from TD Ameritrade Institutional to support further growth of its nationally recognized financial planning program.

John Grable and Joe Goetz, professors in the financial planning, housing and consumer economics department, were presented the award July 21 in New York, where they also assisted in ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange alongside Tom Nally, president of TD Ameritrade Institutional.

The grant is intended to support the development of innovative programs that increase the ranks of talented scholars entering the financial planning profession and help ensure graduates are better prepared for success in the workplace.

The FHCE department will use the money to build a Financial Communication and Training Lab where students can strengthen their networking, communication, marketing and other skills.

The award also will endow a revolving “practitioner in residence” selected from local financial advisers who will mentor students and provide practitioner-based seminars.