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From Aptitude Test to Air Force Colonel
At Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo., Debra Rose wasn't happy with the classes she was taking, and wasn't sure what career to pursue. When her grandmother suggested an aptitude test, she went to the counselor's office and took the Strong Interest Inventory®, an assessment tool designed for college students. She answered questions about her interests which were compared to others who were happy and successful in their jobs.

"My general skills showed I had an aptitude for a career in forestry, police work or the military," she says. After further research she went to the Air Force recruitment center in St. Louis, enlisted and earned her commission. Today, 31 years later, she is a colonel serving in cyberspace operations at Fort Meade in Maryland. She and her husband Jerry have two grown children and a 6-year-old grandson.

Would she have considered the military without that aptitude test? "Probably not," she says. "I'm glad I did!"

Introducing the MoneyClips eNews Center

New Resource Available for High School Journalism Students

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation recently highlighted the need for enhanced financial literacy in its State-by-State Financial Capability Survey, released in 2010. The survey found that on average, Missourians answered 3.1 out of five financial literacy questions correctly. Kansans answered three out of the five questions correctly. Financial education is key to increasing these scores.

To help young adults get on the path to financial independence, Yes, You Can - financial education from American Century Investments, recently launched the MoneyClips eNews Center. MoneyClips provides students with news releases they can use as a guide for crafting their own stories to be broadcast, published or otherwise shared with their classmates.

MoneyClips offers real-world, hands-on journalism experience combined with financial knowledge for articles and broadcasts that share relevant information students can use today and tomorrow as they begin their adult lives. Each release comes with interviewer tips and sample questions. Monthly emails direct students to a timely featured topic or, students can choose an article from the archived releases. Topics cover earning, saving, investing and spending.

"In this age of social networking, young adults are increasingly influenced by the recommendations of their peers," said Scott Oberkrom, Director of Community Investments for American Century Investments and head of Yes, You Can. "MoneyClips gives students the opportunity to gain journalism experience through the use of real-world news releases, and in the process share with their classmates important financial lessons. We're proud to offer MoneyClips as a compliment to the educator and parent resources available through Yes, You Can."

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