Area high school students learn about economics, finance at New College

By Marina Mangie

High school students and their families attend orientation for the New College Economics Mentoring Program at the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex.
High school students and their families attend orientation for the New College Economics Mentoring Program at the Heiser Natural Sciences Complex.

New College welcomed a group of area high school students and their families Feb. 11, as part of the New College Economics Mentorship Program. The program consists of a series of workshops this spring designed to teach the young scholars about the fields of finance and economics.

In addition to workshops about budgeting, saving, investing and how to build wealth, the students will also receive advice on how to prepare for the SAT exam and successfully complete their college applications. Students also have opportunities to network with economists from across the country, including guest lecturers from Columbia University, the World Bank and The Brookings Institution, among others.

Assistant Professor of Economics Tracy Collins secured funding for the program through a grant and is spearheading the project. The students will meet on the New College campus for weekly evening workshops through May.

— Marina Mangie is the Admissions marketing coordinator at New College of Florida.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 700 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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