Hodges University to unveil state-of-the-art finance lab during open house

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Hodges University has announced that it will debut a state-of-the-art finance lab at the institutions’ Fort Myers campus. The unveiling will be part of a free open house sponsored by the Johnson School of Business at Hodges and will be open to the public beginning at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 19. The lab will feature a full-color rolling LED ticker with live feed; LCD monitors providing live video, breaking news reports; market data that drives world economies and seating for 20 students.
 
During the open house, guests will have the opportunity to view the lab and get more information about the programs offered by the Johnson School of Business. “Hodges University is constantly finding ways to improve the education experience,” said Dr. Nancey Wyant, Dean of the Johnson School of Business. “Creating this state-of-the-art finance lab will enhance our business curriculum by using technology rivaling Wall Street. This will provide our students with applied, experiential learning, better preparing them for a career after graduation. “The lab will also serve as a resource with unlimited promise for life-long education, updating of skills, corporate education, research and serve as a financial literacy resource for educators, area businesses, community residents.”
 
According to the U. S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in the accounting and financial arena will experience much faster than average employment growth that will result from an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and greater scrutiny of company finances.
 
Philanthropist and community activist Wayne Smith brought the finance lab project to the attention of Dr. Wyant and provided the initial funding for the project. In exploring the feasibility of developing the lab, a group of Hodges faculty toured the trading room at Florida Atlantic University. Once plans were further developed for the lab, BB&T Bank, a longtime partner of Hodges University, agreed to fund the rest of the project. The lab will be named the BB&T Finance Lab in honor of their support.
 
For more information regarding the Johnson School of Business, please visit their website.

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