Business professor to receive state honor
Scott Niederjohn, Lakeland College Charlotte and Walter Kohler Associate Professor of Business Administration, is part of a team that will be honored on Jan. 28 at the State Capitol in Madison with a 2014 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Award.
In addition, the late James Flora, a founding member of the Lakeland College Center for Economic Education Board of Directors and a longtime teacher at New Holstein High School, is a winner in the Legacy category.
The 2014 Wisconsin Financial Literacy Awards were selected by the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy.
Niederjohn serves on the board of directors of BEAM, a Milwaukee charter school that specializes in teaching its students and their parents how to become financially successful. BEAM's 10-day summer "The Sky's the Limit Academy" program won in the Organization category.
The Sky's The Limit Academy is a 10-day summer program designed for high achieving middle school students. The academy's goal is to substantially improve the quality and quantity of economic and personal finance education for underserved Milwaukee middle school students.
Niederjohn, who was named a 2011 winner of this award, created Lakeland's Center for Economic Education in 2006. The Center, which won this award in the organization category in 2012, has created programming and training for hundreds of K-12 teachers to introduce students to economic and financial concepts.
A member of Lakeland's faculty since 2004, Niederjohn has become one of the Midwest's foremost advocates for the need for financial literacy and economic education.
A total of 17 winners were named. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said the winners are making a difference by increasing the personal financial knowledge and skills of Wisconsinites of all ages.
"By improving their financial capabilities, our citizens can improve their quality of life and, in the process, help strengthen the Wisconsin economy," Walker said