In response to the global pandemic, Royal’s financial education team created a virtual reality fair program. It is 100% online and has been completed by over 1,000 Wisconsin students this school year. We have partnered with Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction to make the free program available to all Wisconsin high school teachers.
“Our team developed Test Drive Digital in May of 2020 in order to be able to continue offering a reality fair experience to high school students during the pandemic,” said Brandon Riechers, Royal Credit Union President & CEO. “The benefits of this program will extend well beyond its initial intent. The innovative design of the program and digital delivery have made this important financial education resource far more accessible and inclusive, and will provide an impactful learning opportunity for high school students for years to come.”
On April 1, 2021, through a joint effort with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Royal launched Test Drive Digital on Xello, DPI’s academic and career planning website. Through this platform, Royal is now able to offer the program to all high schools in the state of Wisconsin, completely free of charge. On April 15, 2021, Royal was honored with a Wisconsin Governor's Financial Literacy Award for their Test Drive Digital Efforts.