Tucker first Putnam County student to earn financial industry credential 

Pictured, l. to r.: Adam West, PCSS Instructional leader; Tucker Griffin, UHS student; and Jackie Vester, PCSS EPSO Specialist.

PUTNAM COUNTY – Putnam County School System (PCSS) has its first student to earn the Center for Financial Responsibility Literacy Industry Credential (IC). Griffin Tucker of Upperman High School was a part of a pilot program through the VITAL personal finance class that passed her IC exam, making her the first to receive this certification in the district. 

“We are so proud of Griffin. She has worked hard, and it is a wonderful accomplishment,” said Jackie Vester, PCSS Early Post Secondary Opportunities (EPSO) Specialist. “Industry Credentials are a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to a student being a ready graduate. Those who earn this credential are more qualified and prepared to make major purchasing decisions, budget and invest to achieve long-term financial success, no matter what job they choose.”

Putnam County schools can offer this credential through iCEV online. According to Vester, approximately 40 additional Putnam County students will sit for the industry certification before the end of the school year as part of this pilot.

“Currently, we are in the preliminary data collection phase with the pilot. Depending upon the data, we will proceed with full implementation next year,” said Adam West, PCSS Instructional leader. “Adjustments will be made in the curriculum to increase student success. The data will help identify areas that can be strengthened within the pilot course.” 

If this industry credential moves into full implementation, it will provide students an opportunity to earn an EPSO, which is a requirement to graduate. 

“This will be wonderful for all students and move them one step closer to becoming Ready Graduates,” said Vester. 

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