NSHE, CCSD Partner with Operation HOPE to Teach Financial Independence

LAS VEGAS – The Nevada System of Higher Education and the Clark County School District are partnering with Operation HOPE, a global organization that works to end poverty through financial education.

Operation HOPE will fund full time financial coaches at the Clark County School District, Nevada State College and the College of Southern Nevada to work with CCSD and NSHE staff and college students at no cost. The partnership is then expected to expand to NSHE’s other degree granting institutions.

“It has never been more important for our students and employees to have access to financial coaches who can help create pathways to financial independence,” said NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly. “So many in higher education are weighed down by the burden of financial debt. That burden and the stress caused by it, is incredibly disruptive to achieving personal goals, including graduating from college. Teaming with Operation HOPE will provide the coaching, education, and protective tools needed to overcome financial distress.”

The NSHE Board of Regents will consider a Memorandum of Understanding with Operation HOPE at a special meeting on Oct. 18. Each NSHE institution would then have the ability to create its own partnership with Operation HOPE.

“CCSD is committed to ensuring our team members have the tools to succeed,” said CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jara Jesus. F. Jara. “This great resource will allow them to work with Operation HOPE toward financial stability at no cost. The partnership will provide invaluable education and coaching.”

Operation HOPE is a nonprofit organization working to disrupt poverty for millions of low and moderate-income youth and adults across the nation. Their focus is financial dignity and inclusion, by equipping young people and adults with the financial tools and education to secure a better future.

“Operation HOPE is proud to announce that HOPE financial wellbeing coaches will provide financial coaching to NSHE students and employees of CCSD and NHSE,” said Anita Ward, President Operation HOPE. “Through the HOPE Inside model, Operation HOPE coaches will build pathways to financial dignity for Nevada’s education ecosystem.”

About NSHE

The Nevada System of Higher Education, comprised of two doctoral-granting universities, a state college, four comprehensive community colleges and one environmental research institute, serves the educational and job training needs of Nevada. NSHE provides educational opportunities to more than 100,000 students and is governed by the Nevada Board of Regents.

About Clark County School District

Established in 1956, the Clark County School District (CCSD) is the number one choice for families and students. CCSD educates approximately 320,000 students – offering a variety of nationally recognized programs, including Magnet Schools, Career and Technical Academies, and Advanced Placement programs. Through these programs – plus their online secondary school and open enrollment offerings – the District offers the best choices to meet individual student needs. As the nation’s fifth-largest school district, CCSD has the ability to provide additional services such as a school police department, adult education courses, and innovative community partnerships with Vegas PBS and The Public Education Foundation. CCSD educates approximately 70 percent of K-12 students in Nevada.

About Operation HOPE

Since 1992, Operation HOPE has been moving America from civil rights to “silver rights” with the mission of making free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved—disrupting poverty for millions of low and moderate-income youth and adults across the nation. Through our community uplift model, HOPE Inside, which received the 2016 Innovator of the Year recognition by American Banker magazine, Operation HOPE has served more than 4 million individuals and directed more than $3.2 billion in economic activity into disenfranchised communities—turning check cashing customers into banking customers, renters into homeowners, small business dreamers into small business owners, minimum wage workers into living wage consumers, and uncertain disaster victims into financially empowered disaster survivors. Project 5117 is our multi-year four-pronged approach to combating economic inequality that aims to improve financial literacy, increase business role models and business internships for youth in underserved communities, and stabilize the American dream by boosting FICO scores. Operation HOPE recently received its fourth consecutive 4-star charity rating for fiscal management and commitment to transparency and accountability by the prestigious non-profit evaluator, Charity Navigator. For more information: www.OperationHOPE.org. Follow Operation HOPE on Twitter and Facebook @operationhope