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Introducing Credit to California High School Students

Between 2007 and 2009, Eddy Sumar had the opportunity to work with the Center for International Trade Development (CITD) to execute on a student grant.  Working with the students of Valley View High School, a continuation school, in Ontario, California, Eddy discovered that they are not taught the soft skills needed to succeed in the business world.

With this knowledge, Eddy embarked on a special project to create a four-year training program—for the 9th to 12th grade—for high school students. The program is called the ATOMIC ModelTM—Passport to Success. The model consists of five levels—Silver, Gold, Platinum, Emerald and Blue Diamond. The five levels contain 58 modules, to be taught over four years.

Among the modules, credit and collection topics are featured. This is very important, because for credit professional this type of knowledge should be taught in high school.  When Eddy entered the credit profession, he fell into the position of credit clerk and grew a career path from there.  That is typical of most credit and collection professionals.  Credit and collection is critical for the success of any business enterprise and for any economy.

In 2016 Riverside Virtual High School (RVS), In Riverside, California, agreed to implement the pilot of the ATOMIC ModelTM—Passport to Success, which will conclude in June 2020.

On October 25-27, 2017, the first Credit and Finance Boot Camp will be conducted on the campus of RVS for the 10th grade International Business Pathway, CTE 2nd year cohort of the ATOMIC ModelTM.

Credit and collection professionals have the opportunity to become a standard bearer for the profession and bring the knowledge to high school students. Thus, the new generation of credit and collection professionals will be an informed generation and they will choose to enter, not fall into the profession. Below are a couple of links that might motivate others to get involved:

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Eddy Sumar via email: [email protected], or by phone: 909-481-9869.