First Interstate Bank has a long history of helping small businesses thrive. Our belief—that community banking means so much more than simply accounts and transactions—means that we are committed to educating future generations on owning and operating businesses and sparking entrepreneurship.
To encourage the next generation of local business owners, First Interstate Bank is proud to sponsor Big Sky Biz Sim, a simulation that helps teach students financial literacy by providing skills to understand cash flow, credit, revenues, and investments. This important program is run by the Montana Council on Economic Education (MCEE) and is focused on furthering students’ success and ultimately impacting Montana’s future economy.
“I am extremely excited about the online format, which will be a huge improvement to my class,” said Levi Osborne, Business and Computer Applications teacher at Billings Central Catholic High School. “My business class is called Advanced Business Solutions, so I’m excited for the Advanced Business Solution Big Sky Biz Sim, or as I’ll be referring to it in class – the ABSBSBS.”
With a grant for $19,000 from First Interstate Bank, MCEE will be able to offer the program at no cost to the schools in Montana who wish to participate.
“Students learn best by doing, and a business simulation is a great way to learn the skills that students can take with them for a lifetime,” said Dax Schieffer, Executive Director of the Montana Council on Economic Education. “With the generous support of First Interstate Bank, we are proud to take a successful program forward and modernize it to improve the experience for teachers and students.”
The program will launch in September. For more information about Big Sky Biz Sim, visit https://econedmontana.org/big-sky-biz-sim-by-first-interstate-bank/.