Financial literacy program moves to teaching online

Jessica Whitlock is onscreen as she uses the Abound financial training program with her students at Helmwood Heights Elementary School.

In response to the coronavirus and a move to distance learning as school buildings were closed, Abound Credit Union shifted its financial education programs to 100 percent online.

During March alone, the credit union reports students participating in the program increased by 235. From October through March,the credit union’s VAULT program expanded from three schools to 11, 262 to 1,582 students and 453 to 3,219 hours of learning, according to a news release.

As teachers across Kentucky transitioned to non-traditional instruction, Abound’s VAULT program, offered in partnership with EVERFI, has assisted teachers, students and parents in myriad ways.

“My students were able to learn remotely about financial literacy through the program,” said Jessica Whitlock, Teacher at Helmwood Heights Elementary School in Elizabethtown. “I appreciated how engaging and easy to use this program was for my students.”

Dr. Jennifer D. Washington, AVID coordinator at Fort Knox Middle/High School, offered similar feedback.

“Students found the modules to be user friendly and the online instruction was relevant to their school, career and college planning,” Washington said.

Credit Union representatives Becky Ates, executive vice president, and Hollie Sexton, PR/financial education professional, worked with teachers and parents to ensure financial education could continue online after face-to-face classroom interaction had to be canceled.

“We consider it a privilege to work alongside Kentucky Teachers to provide financial education to children,” Sexton said in a news release.

In addition to the financial education and training provided for youth, Abound Credit Union offers free online learning tools and resources for adults. The web address is