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K-State Today

February 17, 2014



K-State Salina instructor passes exam to be a Certified Financial Planner

By Julee Cobb

Roxanne Martens, personal financial planning instructor

Kansas State University Salina instructor Roxanne Martens is on her way to being a Certified Financial Planner after passing a two-day, 10-hour exam and studying for close to six months.

After earning a Master of Science in personal financial planning at the Manhattan campus in May 2013, Martens accepted a position with K-State Salina, teaching such classes as financial counseling and advanced personal and family finance. Obtaining the certification is the next step not only in her personal education, but also in improving the type of professor she can be.

"I can teach my students what to expect when studying for the same exam upon their graduation as well as how to balance all of their financial responsibilities at school," Martens said.

Passing the test also was a tremendous boost to her confidence, Martens said, and validated all the time, energy and effort she put in to the process. Martens took the exam Nov. 15-16 in Kansas City, with a four-hour session the first day and two three-hour sessions the second day. She learned about her positive results just before Christmas.

Currently, Martens is working toward the official credentials of a Certified Financial Planner — once she meets the experience requirements through teaching for three full years, she can use the abbreviation after her name. Martens also is in the process of creating an on-campus financial counseling program for students at K-State Salina.