SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (12/13/10)--Joe Bergeron, president of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU), and Sue Leonard, New England FCU (Williston, Vt.) chief financial officer, have been invited to serve on the advisory board of Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy. In addition, Colin Ryan, AVCU’s Economy of Me project manager, has been invited to present the Economy of Me workshop to teachers attending the Vermont Financial Literacy Summit, scheduled to take place in March. Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy, a partnership between the school and several Vermont financial institutions, seeks to increase financial literacy in classrooms throughout the state (Newsline Express Dec. 10). “It’s an honor to be invited to serve on the center’s advisory board,” Bergeron said. “I look forward to working with Sue, John [Pelletier, the center’s director), economist Art Woolf, and representatives from a number of institutions that promote financial literacy in Vermont. I’m very optimistic that the center can serve as a focal point for all of these efforts, improve their effectiveness, and expand educator resources.” “What I do in the classroom--explaining the dangers of credit and the basics of budgeting to 20 or 30 students at a time--feels very focused,” said Ryan. “It was empowering to hear the hopes I have for greater financial literacy among students echoed by prominent and influential figures in our community. I’m excited to be part of Vermont’s rapidly growing financial literacy movement.” Among the center’s projects are a financial literacy summit, a teachers’ summer literacy institute and a program to help juniors and seniors understand credit scores.