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The North Carolina Council on Economic Education: Teaching Economics for Life

Since 1970, the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) has been committed to bringing economic, financial, and entrepreneurship education to every classroom in North Carolina. We are a non-profit educational organization offering a variety of programs designed to teach students how to make wise decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. In the 2023 calendar year, NCCEE provided professional development for 814 teachers impacting more than 117,000 students, the majority of whom were low to moderate-income students. Additionally, 13,451 students participated in academic competitions equaling a total reach of more than 130,450 students.

View the full 2023 report.

Economics and Personal Finance Professional Development

In 2019, NCCEE was named as the organization to provide teacher professional development for the newly required Economics and Personal Finance Course. Since the summer of 2020, NCCEE has provided this 40 hour professional development to 1,773 teachers during 49 sessions. Click here to see the number of students impacted, and more from our EPF Institute Report.

Teachers are our heroes!

Our 2023 Impact

Students Helped

by our teacher professional development programs


in our academic competitions

Students Reached

by NCCEE and the programs that we provide

Financial Education and the Exercise of Freedom

If asked to select just one theme that best exemplifies the American experience, what would you select? According to noted documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the main American theme is freedom. He observes that freedom comes in many dimensions, both individual and collective.

Individual freedoms include those commonly recognized, such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, private property rights, and freedom of religion, among others. In the United States, each person also has the freedom to participate in our market economy and the opportunity to chart a unique course for his or her own life.

Improving economic and financial education in our schools is critical because it equips young people with the essential decision-making skills to exercise the many personal and economic freedoms this country still provides.

Our collective economic freedom depends on every individual, not just economists, understanding the basic principles which underlie our free enterprise system. The American economy is the quintessential intersection between individual and collective freedoms.

The principles of economics are not intuitive to most people. The best chance we have for successfully addressing our country’s many challenges is through economic education in our K-12 schools, which is the mission of the NCCEE.

of Millennials

Nearly one quarter of millennials spend more money than they earn.

of Gen Y

67 percent of Generation Y have less than three months worth of emergency funds.

Confident Teachers

814 confident teachers better prepared to teach economics & personal finance in 2023

Students Growing their Knowledge

With the help of NCCEE, 13,451 students used technology and competition to grow their financial knowledge in 2023


237 volunteers served as financial literacy champions for students and teachers in 2023


Are you a K-12 teacher in North Carolina? If you’re interested in attending economic and financial literacy workshops and courses or are interested in bringing competitions and more to your students, NCCEE offers all the resources you’ll need. Request a speaker or explore our curriculum resources, workshops, programs, and academic competitions to get started.



If you have a passion for economic education and would like to be a volunteer with NCCEE, we’d love to hear from you.

Whether you’re interested in advancing economic literacy or volunteering your time at an event, we truly appreciate your investment in the education of North Carolina’s students.



Are you interested in becoming a supporting partner of the North Carolina Council on Economic Education? There are a number of ways you can contribute to NCCEE, including becoming a member or sponsor or donating to our non-profit organization. Your contribution to NCCEE may be tax deductible and is vital in bringing economic and financial education programs to primary and secondary school classrooms across North Carolina.

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