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SHU business students benefit from Barron's in Education program

By Sacred Heart University

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From left are Joseph Matina, Christopher McKenna, Dean Martha Crawford and Joe Lanza. Sacred Heart University photo by Mark Conrad (Sept 2019/contributed)
FAIRFIELD, CT - Students and faculty at Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business & Technology will receive complimentary access to Barron’s digital and weekly market leading financial magazine, along with access to weekly reviews that highlight top events and articles, the opportunity to visit the magazine’s Dow Jones headquarters in Manhattan and other experiential learning benefits.

Barron’s Group, a publishing unit within Dow Jones that houses Barron's, MarketWatch and Financial News (UK), announced its Barron’s in Education program in 2018 and is now partnering with over 55 schools nationally with resources to improve students’ financial proficiency. Sacred Heart is amongst the very top business schools to offer this program.

Joe Lanza, the publishing company’s director of education, stresses the concern Barron’s has for America’s financial future.

According to an article Lanza authored for Barron’s, U.S. students seem to be suffering from a financial illiteracy and proficiency deficit, even though America is the wealthiest country in the world. “A 2015 study of financial literacy that covered adults in 148 countries found that the U.S. ranked fourteenth,” Lanza wrote. “The premise behind the Barron’s in Education program is to partner with academia to promote financial literacy and proficiency in the United States, aiding the next generation.”

Sacred Heart has a generous alumnus, Christopher McKenna ’00 and his partner Joe Matina of the Matina Group at UBS Private Wealth, to thank for the gift and partnership with Barron’s.

“The Barron’s financial literacy program combined with a top tier educational experience at Sacred Heart will give students the advantage entering the workforce to become the next generation of business leaders,” said Matina Group partners, McKenna and Matina.

In addition to daily access online to full Barron’s digital, faculty also will receive a weekly review that highlights top events and articles they can use in their lesson plans. This will provide faculty and students’ up-to-date real-time business news and information from which to learn.

Some other key benefits of the program include an annual invitation for 25-30 business students and faculty to visit the Dow Jones headquarters in Manhattan for a private tour of the Barron’s and Wall Street Journal newsrooms, which are not open to the public, as well as attend a half-day customized speaker workshop. There will also be guest speakers and webinars from Barron’s and partner sponsor, the Matina Group, a UBS private wealth team based in New Jersey. Moreover, business students will have access to networking opportunities in search of internships and jobs, preparing them for success after graduating from SHU.

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