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Gatton Hosts Financial Seminar to Prepare Students for Workforce

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2017) On Oct. 14-15, the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics will again host Wall Street Prep’s Financial & Valuation Modeling Seminar. This training helps to bridge the gap between academics and the real world, with the hands-on practical financial skills workers need to excel in financial, banking and business development fields.

This intensive two-day weekend seminar is led by former investment bankers with applied expertise in financial and valuation modeling methodologies. Students will receive complete training using real case studies to build financial models from scratch — the same way it’s done at today’s leading financial institutions.

“The Wall Street Prep Valuation & Excel Modeling Seminar provides top-notch practical training for people who are interested in investment banking, equity research, portfolio management, business development, capital markets and corporate finance careers,” said seminar coordinator Wendy Liu, senior lecturer and Marguerite Pelissier Teaching Fellow and director of Undergraduate Studies for Gatton’s Department of Finance and Quantitative Methods. “The two-day seminar mimics the process that takes place at today’s leading financial institutions by using real case studies to build financial models from scratch. It offers hands-on training in advanced Excel modeling techniques, financial statement analysis and valuation. The seminar provides an excellent way to learn valuation and modeling in a short time.”

“Wall Street Prep’s Financial & Valuation Modeling Seminar is a must for those interested in a career in investment banking,” said student and former attendee Wade Bailey. “In college you are taught the theoretical, the basics of valuation, and this course helps to transition you from the classroom to the real world. I chose to attend this course because I wanted to learn how to take what I have learned here at the University of Kentucky and apply it to what I will be doing once I join the workforce.”

“It is inspiring to see the high level of interest, the enthusiasm and the desire of our students to succeed in an increasingly competitive world,” Liu said.

The Oct. 14-15 seminar is open to all UK students. The registration cost is $179. Details of the events and links to registration can be found at:

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