Treasurer Sprague Announces October 2021 Compass Award Honorees
COLUMBUS – Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague has announced Compass Award honorees for the month of October. The monthly recognition program commends organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment.
“A strong understanding of personal finance enables Ohioans to meet their financial goals and reach their full potential,” said Sprague. “We’re proud to recognize individuals and organizations across Ohio that are making great strides to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce.”
Compass Award honorees for October include:
Dover High School (Tuscarawas County)
Dover High school offers stand-alone financial education courses and a dual-credit personal finance class while also guiding students and parents toward career pathways. School counselors and classroom teachers have incorporated OhioMeansJobs tools into their instruction, ensuring students understand various career options for their future. Additionally, the school hosts a Financial Aid Night to ensure parents and families understand financial aid opportunities and the overall process.
United Way of North Central Ohio (Crawford, Marion, and Wyandot Counties)
Through strong community partnerships, the United Way of North Central Ohio provides area children and residents with meaningful personal development and financial education opportunities. Assistance and programming offered by the organization cover topics such as housing and disaster relief, workforce development training, college readiness, and other forms of money management and credit counseling. Through these efforts, the United Way of North Central Ohio has made a positive impact on the lives of more than 15,000 youth and adults.
Flite Freimann, Director, Washington County Department of Job and Family Services
As the director of the Washington County Department of Job and Family Services, Freimann has played a significant role in developing programming to better serve and prepare local residents for life’s financial decisions. Through a summer youth program, students in the area are exposed to various career pathways through strategic interactions and visits with area employers. In addition, Freimann has worked to develop partnerships with banks to create programming that introduces youth and families to standard banking products.
Robert Sprague became Ohio’s 49th Treasurer of State on January 14, 2019, bringing to the office his extensive experience working on financial matters in both the public and private sectors. Under Treasurer Sprague’s direction, the office manages the state’s $29 billion investment and $11 billion debt portfolios, collects and deposits all state revenues, and oversees custodial assets.