Oregon State Credit Union is sponsoring free access to an online financial literacy program. (Photo by RichVintage/Getty Images via Canva)

An online financial literacy system that teaches real-world finance to students and adults has come to Philomath and 22 other schools and communities in Oregon. The tech-aided online program and content library features free access to users under sponsorship from Oregon State Credit Union.

Through the Banzai online courses, users try out managing a budget, saving for a goal and dealing with unexpected financial pitfalls. For schools, teachers are able to easily monitor and grade student progress remotely. Other resources, which include articles, calculators and personalized coach sessions, explain everything from the basics of filing taxes to how health insurance works.

The community has access to Banzai learning tools, virtual or in-classroom presentations from Oregon State Credit Union’s director of community education.

“We have already seen incredible positive response from students and teachers, and we’re getting the same enthusiasm as we introduce Banzai resources to our members and our own employees,” Peter Walker, OSCU vice president of organizational development, said in a press release.

Banzai resources are used by over 100,000 teachers in schools and thousands of other residents across the country. OSCU said the educational tools align with Oregon’s state curriculum requirements.

“Thanks to Oregon State Credit Union, local communities will now have access to a wide array of courses and resources designed to help prepare them for our increasingly complex world,” Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said through the press release. “We wouldn’t be able to provide these tools without their support.”