LAS CRUCES – Ken Miyagishima retains busy, together with his twin roles as a enterprise proprietor and mayor of Las Cruces, however he nonetheless finds time to share his expertise within the insurance coverage and private finance trade with college students in New Mexico States College’s School of Enterprise, the place he’s instructing a course within the rules of private finance.
“I’ve all the time been a giant advocate of monetary literacy,” mentioned Miyagishima, an NMSU alumnus who earned a Bachelor of Enterprise Administration diploma in actual property and finance in 1985. He additionally just lately earned a Grasp of Enterprise Administration diploma on the College of Texas at El Paso.
Miyagishima is at the moment instructing Private Monetary Planning and Investing in a International Economic system within the School of Enterprise. College students are studying a few of the core rules of private finance, together with taxes; credit score; client, house and auto loans; insurance coverage; and retirement planning.
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Whereas he’s taken on this new function at NMSU within the spring semester, Miyagishima is not any stranger to the classroom. He beforehand taught private finance at Doña Ana Group School from 1990 to 1996. He mentioned he wished to make use of the data and expertise he’s gained through the years to profit NMSU college students and the neighborhood.
Miyagishima mentioned he reached out to Professor Tim Question within the Finance Division of the School of Enterprise to precise his curiosity in instructing a course, and Division Head Ken Martin was comfortable to take him up on the supply.
“He additionally has a public function as mayor of Las Cruces, so he’s a busy man, however we’re grateful that he’s capable of accommodate his schedule and educate for us,” mentioned Martin, who can be a Regents’ Professor of finance.
Miyagishima’s class is a “viewing a wider world” course at NMSU, that means any scholar has the chance to take the category with out stipulations. There are 45 college students enrolled this semester, and lots of of them come from outdoors the School of Enterprise. He mentioned it’s essential for all college students to study concerning the significance of planning their monetary future.
“My college students at this time are engineers, wildlife sciences, prison justice majors,” he mentioned. “They haven’t been uncovered to budgets, cash, investing, issues of this nature, and it’s essential for them as a result of they’re going to be making a very good revenue, but when they don’t know the right way to save for retirement sooner or later when the time comes they usually’re able to retire, they’re not going to have it there. In order that’s my aim is to show them.”
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Martin mentioned Miyagishima is setting an instance for college students to discover new heights inside the faculty whereas additionally offering a singular studying expertise.
“I feel it may have an awesome profit to college students, as a result of they will see in-person somebody who has been within the non-public sector function, constructing an insurance coverage enterprise company and is now a district supervisor, but in addition taking up a public function, which is what it takes to have an actual authorities that’s proactive inside the neighborhood,” Martin defined. “He’s an actual function mannequin to many of those college students.”
Miyagishima mentioned this class is supposed to be a face-to-face studying expertise, nevertheless he can implement hybrid studying for these college students who sometimes have to attend nearly. Nonetheless, he defined his technique of instructing doesn’t simply depend on the textbook.
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“I’m attempting to share with them real-life examples and real-life options that may’t be present in a textbook,” he mentioned. “I take pleasure in it. It’s enjoyable, and if I may help change and enhance their consciousness of it, that’s all I am hoping to do.”
“Ken is a good instance of our division with the ability to make the most of neighborhood members and professionals in several industries to return into the classroom, educate a category, and share their experience,” Martin mentioned. “I hope college students will come to grasp, even when they aren’t a enterprise or finance main, they will nonetheless get into the monetary companies trade in several ranges and companies.”
As for the longer term, Miyagishima mentioned he would additionally like to discover instructing a authorities or political science class and hopes to show this course once more within the fall.
Tatiana Favela writes for New Mexico State College Advertising and Communications and could be reached at 575-646-3221 ext. 7953, or by electronic mail at [email protected]