Ent Credit Union gave $100,000 to Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado to build a new JA BizTown and JA Finance Park in Colorado Springs.

The two are field-trip destinations to provide experiential learning for fifth and eighth grade students throughout southern Colorado.

As part of its investment, Ent Credit Union will be one of 20 storefronts in the simulated city where students will gain hands-on experience running a business and making real-life financial decisions.

“This investment reflects the commitment we have to our members and this community around preparing young people to make smart choices now and in their future,” said Barb Winter, executive vice president for Ent Credit Union in a press release announcing the gift.

Ent’s commitment includes $50,000 as a dollar-for-dollar matching grant to encourage other individuals and entities to support the capital campaign to create the two educational entities.

“Youth from around the region will learn about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness thanks to Ent’s generosity,” said Carrie McKee, President and CEO of JA-SoCo.

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To see a full list of capital campaign contributors, visit: juniorachievement.org/web/ja-soco/ja-biztown-finance-park.