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Free Online Financial Literacy Program Adds Up to Success in Pittsburgh

Free online Financial Literacy training has received a major boost as the first pilot project of 200 learners complete their studies successfully on ALISON.

Galway, Ireland, December 13, 2009 --( Trainers, teachers and tutors promoting greater awareness and understanding of personal financial management received a welcome boost today on the completion of the first pilot of the online interactive multimedia course in Pittsburgh, PA. The course, which is now freely-accessible via the ALISON free learning website was made possible by the generous support and funding of the Heinz Endowments. The project was managed over the past year by the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) special projects team, and implemented to clearly evident success on the ground by a number of hard-working local community-based organizations.

Speaking about the new course, Mike Feerick, ALISON CEO commented: “Getting people to even consider financial planning for tomorrow and not just concentrate on the “here and now” of today is a big step towards developing responsible personal financial management in many cases. This course teaches the basics of what people need to know about personal financial management, and has introduced many people to the power of online interactive self-paced learning.”

The new financial literacy course provides learning on practical financial concepts and information and products helping younger and often marginalized people to manage their financial affairs with greater care. The seven module program includes pre- and post-assessments for each module and covers topics such as the basics of banking, budgeting, taxation, retirement planning and personal savings. TRWIB reports that the post-assessment scores increased over the pre-assessment scores in all modules, indicating an increased understanding of the topics. Additionally, there were no significant disparities in the program completion rates based on race or ethnicity, gender, educational attainment or household income.

To study the financial literacy course, or to refer someone to the course, or as a teacher, trainer or parent to set-up a virtual online classroom for the course, please visit


ALISON provides free online learning via interactive multimedia for basic workplace skills. With registered learners in every country and territory worldwide, ALISON free learning includes IT Skills, Health and Safety, Languages, Psychometric tests and Financial and Health Literacy. ALISON offers premium services such as content hosting, content development and bespoke Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training programs among other services to corporations, academic institutions and government agencies. Headquartered in Galway, Ireland, ALISON is a social-enterprise with international offices in Morristown, New Jersey, USA, and London, UK. To start your free learning on ALISON, register at today.


The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (TRWIB) informs decision-making on local and regional development to ensure that current and future market needs of businesses and job seekers are met. TRWIB fulfills its mission through:

· acquiring, managing, interpreting, and sharing relevant workforce data;
· identifying and researching critical workforce issues;
· consulting and advising on public policy with employers and employment sectors.

As the leading knowledge broker on regional workforce trends, needs, and characteristics, TRWIB strategically informs economic and community development efforts. Ultimately, TRWIB intelligence helps Southwestern Pennsylvania optimize its greatest asset — the workforce — to attract and retain businesses that result in the region’s economic gain.

About Heinz Endowments

The Heinz Endowments support efforts to make Southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center of learning and educational excellence, and a home to diversity and inclusion. Committed to helping its region thrive as a whole community, ecologically, educationally and culturally, the foundation works within Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the nation to develop solutions to challenges that are national and even international in scope. One of the largest and most innovative independent philanthropic foundations in the country, the Endowments board awards an average of €60 million in grants to nonprofit organizations each year.

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