Josue Argueta, 21, remembers being drawn to the Academy of Finance, a magnet program offered at Lansdowne High School, while sitting in a presentation at his middle school.

He had some families members who worked in the business sector, and he was drawn to the idea of what he saw as a stable career.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for me,” said Argueta, now a student at the University of Maryland, College Park.

In the program offered at Lansdowne, Overlea and Randallstown high schools, students take classes in economics, accounting, personal finance and banking and credit. In the academy at Lansdowne, Argueta got the opportunity to travel to New York City and Boston to see Wall Street and meet with investment

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