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Black Hills State University is hosting four teacher training workshops for the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG) program, a real-time online stock market simulation in which teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks. Middle and high school teachers are invited to attend the free three-hour training workshops.

Workshops will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Lake Area Technical College in Watertown; Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion; Friday, Feb. 2 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. at BHSU in Spearfish; and Friday, Feb. 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Douglas High School in Box Elder. The workshops will include all curriculum materials, lesson plans, refreshments and door prizes.

The 10-week SDSMG fulfills the recent South Dakota Board of Education mandate making an economics/personal finance course a requirement for high school graduation. The spring 2007 session begins Monday, Feb. 12.

Seating is limited to the first 15 educators per location to register. To register, email DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu. The following information is required for registration: the teacher’s name, email address, phone number, subjects taught, school name and address, and preferred workshop location.

The SDSMG is sponsored by the BHSU Center for Economic Education, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the Central States Securities Industry Association. Last year, over 1,200 students from 60 South Dakota middle and high school participated in the program. For more information about the program, see www.smgww.org or call Don Altmyer, SDSMG coordinator, at 642-6266.