The Center for Economic Education at Angelo State University strives to raise the standard of economic literacy in public schools throughout West Texas. Established in 1975, the center accomplishes its goal by conducting seminars, workshops and conferences for public school teachers in grades K-12, and often works in conjunction with regional education service centers and the Texas Council on Economic Education.
In recent years, the center has provided economic training for more than 6,000 teachers in more than 100 public school districts. The center has received the prestigious Welch Award for Center Excellence from the Texas Council on Economic Education and the highest affiliation from the National Council on Economic Education.
Cheryl McGaughey (left), the center director, supplies booklets, pamphlets and brochures to teachers in training. She attends seminars at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to stay at the forefront of economic education and manages the center budget, which comprises grants and other sources external to the university system.
The center also partners with other Texas universities. McGaughey has conducted economic education workshops for public school teachers at centers for economic education at other Texas universities, including Baylor University, Stephen F. Austin State University, University of North Texas, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, University of Houston-Clear Lake and West Texas A&M University.