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Dollars & Sense

A finance camp for students who have completed grades 7-12.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about finance?

How stock markets work, how to pick stocks, when to trade, what types of investments someone can make, how the economy works, how to save?

If you have ever been curious about anything from why a stock market crashes to how to save for college, then our finance day-camp is right for you

Two projects—one trip to Chicago—an unforgettable week

In just one week at the Dollars & Sense Camp hosted by the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, students learn about more than 10 different finance topics that impact the world in general and themselves as individuals. Taught by WMU faculty members, classes are discussion-based, fun, and include two real-world projects (a financial life cycle plan developed by each student and a team-based portfolio investment project), a trip to Chicago to visit the stock exchanges, meet with brokers and other finance professionals.

All classes are taught in WMU’s Greenleaf Trust Trading Room, housed within the Haworth College of Business. The trading room gives one a glimpse into a Wall Street environment right in Kalamazoo, equipped with the software and tools that finance professionals use every day.

green triangle with the words: be a finance pro - register todayOften, the most powerful people in the business world are the ones who understand financial principles and apply them well. Get a glimpse into the world of finance and how you can harness its power to help you succeed in a business career or in your personal life as you think about things like your personal budget and how to achieve a comfortable standard of living.

During your camp sessions, you will work on two special projects.

  • Project 1: You will pick 10 stocks based on data and research and also the concepts of risk and return and chart the progress of those stocks in real-time throughout the week in the Greenleaf Trust Trading Room.
  • Project 2: You will design a life cycle financial plan, laying out where you want to be in terms of your personal finances and life goals and how you are going to get there—from today through retirement.

Questions? Please call (269) 387-5726.

Talk about a good investment!

  • Camp Cost: $299
  • June 25-29 (for students who have completed grades 10-12); July 16-20 (for students who have completed grades 7-9).
  • Camp Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday—9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Bus trip to Chicago—7:45 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Registration deadline is extended!
  • Your cost is less than 1/2 of the actual cost.


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