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Lesson #1: Stock Market Is No Game

Young Participants to Learn How to Research, Invest and Manage a Portfolio


Students in fifth grade through high school will be learning the ins and outs of the stock market this spring as participants in a 10-week simulation offered by Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Economic Education, which offers the program to schools throughout the Southland.


The next session begins Monday, Feb. 23, and continues through May 1.


“We believe that students in California need to be trained in economic thinking to make intelligent choices,” said Chiara Gratton-Lavoie, director of the Center for Economic Education. “Knowing how to make sound financial choices and understanding how the economy works is more important today than ever.”


The 10-week program, offered each spring and fall by the center since 1993, calls for students to work in teams, researching, investing and managing a $100,000 portfolio. The program is a hands-on learning experience designed to promote interest in economics, as well as current events.


The top three teams with the largest portfolio values (based on real-time, real-market prices) will receive achievement certificates, T-shirts and monetary awards.


The is part of Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Its purpose is to provide technical education services to improve the level of economic understanding in grades K-12, institutions of higher education and the surrounding community.

In addition to the stock market simulation, the center offers consultation services, teacher workshops and educational materials.


To participate or support the program, call 657-278-2248 or visit

Media Contacts:
Chiara Gratton-Lavoie, Center for Economic Education, 657-278-2292 or
Pamela McLaren, Public Affairs, 657-278-4852 or