Vystar Credit Union Prepares Ribault Students for Financial and Tax Preparation Careers

The Vystar Academy of Business and Finance at Jean Ribault High School was established in 2009 with support from VyStar Credit Union and is one of only 27 academies to be recognized out of more than 660 in the nation and U.S. Virgin Islands. Representatives from Ribault attended the NAF Annual Conference in Anaheim, California where they received a banner and $5,000 to enhance the program. They have also earned the “Distinguished Status” from the National Academy Foundation (NAF) for the 2016-2017 school years.  The award status is the schools third year receiving this honor. There are 832 academies nationwide and only 32 received this honor.  Receiving this credential ensures National Academy Foundation accreditation by NAF.

The academy’s course outline focuses on finance and business technology. Students use professional software to create documents, business records and multimedia presentations. Oral and written communications, business etiquette and cultural differences are also explored. Students develop their skills in business math in order to build a foundation for the later courses. Participants also study the major functions of banks and the role of the Federal Reserve System along with international finance as a part of the curriculum. This year course students trained with United Way and RealSense to become certified tax preparers to help families, seniors and small businesses, prepare income tax returns for free.

Free tax assistance sites for assistance are open throughout northeast Florida through April 17th, for appointments and more info email jonesp2@duvalschools.org. Shown are Vystar academy student tax preparers: rear/back row from left to right is Jamaiya Huntley, Nytasia Thompson, Jacobie Hinton, Alex Morman, Kayla Axon, Jourdyn Baggs, and Cherylle Taylor. Front row from left to right: Jatyra Mobley, Mikayla Burch, Ramona McGhaney, Zharia Parrish, Nadyia Hampton and seated in the front is Phyleshia Jones, Director, VyStar Academy of Business and Finance at Jean Ribault Senior High.

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