Preparatory Academy of Finance ribbon cutting

(From left) Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance founder Omar McGee (with scissors) and wife Teresa Weir McGee; Alex Vargas, Hawthorne City Councilman; Olivia Valentine; and Katrina Manning, candidate for Hawthorne City Council. /photo by Kathy Williamson

*HAWTHORNE, Calif —  A gathering of elected officials, community members, parents and students witnessed the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013.

The non-profit public charter high school, located at 2506 W. Imperial Hwy. in Hawthorne, California, seeks to close the financial literacy gap that exists within the minority community and to provide a high quality and extensive college-preparatory educational experience.

“It is our goal that every student will graduate and attend a four year college or university,” said Omar McGee, founder, as he positioned the huge scissors above the red ribbon.

In addition to a college prep and finance curriculum, students are given their own laptop computer and tablet for use in school.

Afterschool activities include basketball, volleyball, baseball, track, debate team and chess.

The Academy plans to produce the next generation of minority entrepreneurs by offering a unique educational experience where students will learn how to develop and apply the vocabulary of finance; manage money, credit and debt; understand the stock market and interest rates; raise business capital and more.

“This is such a unique approach to learning,” said Kita Williams, board member and CNN correspondent. “These students represent our future business leaders.”

For more information on the Executive Preparatory Academy of Finance, call (323) 756-1426 or visit