Marks Group sponsors Barron’s in Education program to deliver real-world business insights and opportunities for VANTAGE students
VANTAGE, Minnetonka High School’s innovative, experiential learning program continues to expand its impressive toolkit. It is currently the only high school in Minnesota to benefit from a Barron’s in Education sponsorship.
The sponsorship is a gift from Marks Group Wealth Management. It is the result of a long-term relationship with VANTAGE, which Ben Marks, founder and Chief Investment Officer of Marks Group, has established.
“I am extremely impressed with the VANTAGE program and the Minnetonka School District overall. I think it’s second to none in terms of the value it provides to its students and businesses in the surrounding communities.” Marks commented, “It’s been a passion of mine to encourage financial literacy among high school students. And the Barron’s in Education program is very much aligned in promoting that same goal.”
Joe Lanza, director of Financial Education at Barron’s Group, said, “Our national program introduces business students to financial executives, global markets and real-time financial news. It promotes financial proficiency by connecting textbook theory to real word analysis and exposes students to a wide array of business careers.”
Stephanie Lolich, VANTAGE Business Strategist and faculty member, is also very supportive of the program. “All of the material Barron’s provides is excellent,” Lolich remarked. “Their study guides help me to make complex topics so much more approachable for students. Our students might not always recognize it, because we embed their content in our teaching, but there’s no question that having access to Barron’s is invaluable. It has positively impacted my instruction. When teachers have access to real world information and tools, what we teach is so much more powerful. And Barron’s is a wonderful tool that enables this to happen,” Lolich concluded.
Barron’s, published by Dow Jones & Company, provides detailed financial research and insights focusing on investments, commodities, global markets, economy and more. A Barron’s in Education sponsorship includes complimentary digital subscriptions to its premier financial magazine, which provides daily in-depth analysis and commentary on the markets. Faculty, staff and students across the VANTAGE program are provided access at no cost to real-time content, perspectives and Barron’s analysis. In addition to the digital subscription, the program consists of numerous experiential learning opportunities for students and faculty, including guest lectures and webinars.
As part of his commitment, Marks serves as a guest lecturer every month for the Business Analytics track that is one of eight key strands in VANTAGE. “Barron’s content is terrific because it’s so current. My job is to make it relevant. I simply try to identify articles and topics that the students will find interesting, like Cryptocurrency or the recent frenzy with Gamestop, ” he noted. “My goal is to help them gain an understanding of how the economy works and what’s driving business trends and changes within the economy.”
According to Lolich, “Ben continues to provide incredible opportunities for us. We wouldn’t have known about Barron’s in Education unless Ben had stepped forward. He is constantly seeking opportunities to increase student engagement and learning as it relates to finance and business analysis.”
About Marks Group Wealth Management
Marks Group Wealth Management is a Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) located in Minnetonka, MN. Our advisors are fiduciaries, always acting in our clients’ best interest. We conduct our own research, build our own portfolios and design and implement strategies based on a client’s specific needs and priorities. Our holistic approach has resulted in Barron’s naming Marks Group as one of the Top Advisors in America for 12 consecutive years*.
VANTAGE is Minnetonka High School’s experiential, project-based learning program. Now in its eighth year, the program features seven focus areas for its 320 students: Business Analytics, Design + Marketing, Digital Journalism, Global Business, Global Sustainability, Health Sciences and User Experience (UX). As part of VANTAGE, students are offered unique opportunities to apply their coursework in real-world settings through experiential learning, including hands-on project-based assignments with local businesses, guest instructions and community mentorships.
About Barron’s in Education
Promoting Financial Literacy in the Next Generation — The Barron’s in Education program is a unique three-way partnership between Barron’s, advisors and academia. It aims to improve financial literacy and proficiency in high schools, colleges and universities across the nation, providing multiple benefits to students pursuing careers in business. The partnership includes 24/7 on-line access to the Barron’s premier financial platform for industry content, tools, and real-time case studies and analysis that can be integrated directly into curriculum.
*Barron’s Top Financial Advisors (2010-2021) is based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record, quality of practice and philanthropic work.