AXA helps college students prepare for financial careers

Howard University now offers a Series 7 prep course provided by funding from AXA

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Colleen McGroarty
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September 6, 2016

NEW YORK – AXA in the United States, a leader in providing life insurance and annuity products, announced today that they have made a grant to Howard University to bring a financial services career training program into curriculum. The course, created by Securities Training Corporation (STC), allows students to earn credits toward their college degrees while also preparing to take the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series7 exam, a test needed in order to become a registered financial representative. 

Local professionals from AXA Advisors branches in Baltimore and Washington D.C. will take an active role in the course curriculum and work with professors to offer students access to real financial professionals and real-world examples of the profession. 

 “We believe this program will help the local branch and professionals develop a relationship with the University and help excite the students who see potential in a career as a financial professional,” said Jim Mellin, Chief Sales Officer, AXA Advisors. “This career is all about taking care of people and positive impact. This is a growth industry, extremely rewarding for those driven to build relationships and help people.  Our goal is to reach those students and provide them with the information and tools they need to be successful.” 

STC launched this University Program in 2015 in order to combat the impending talent crisis in the industry as financial professionals retire without sufficient numbers of college students entering the profession to replace them. About 35 schools have instated the program thus far.

The course is made possible by a grant by AXA to Howard University. The program will launch at Howard University this month as a part of the fall 2016 curriculum.  

“This new course offering will provide students with more information about a career path and open many opportunities for them,” said Dr. Phil Fanara, Head of the Finance Department at Howard University. “We are grateful to AXA for making this possible and look forward to continuing the relationship.” 

“Establishing this program is another proof point demonstrating AXA’s commitment to building a diverse field force and positively impacting the communities in which we work and live,” said Mellin.  “We are extremely excited about launching this program to enable students to see the tremendous opportunity that exits for them in building a practice in the financial services business with AXA Advisors.”

AXA Advisors will also be hosting its annual African American summit at Howard University this year in October.

About AXA

“AXA” is a brand name of AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC and its family of companies, including AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company (NY, NY), MONY Life Insurance Company of America (AZ stock company, administrative office: Jersey City, NJ), AXA Advisors, LLC, and AXA Distributors, LLC. In business since 1859, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company is a leading financial protection company and one of the nation’s premier providers of life insurance and annuity products distributed to individuals and business owners through its retail distribution channel, AXA Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) and to the financial services market through its wholesale distribution channel, AXA Distributors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC)

AXA S.A. (also referred to as “AXA Group”) is a Paris-headquartered holding company for a group of international insurance and financial services companies, including AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC companies. AXA S.A. is a worldwide leader in financial protection strategies and wealth management with 103 million clients in 64 countries as of Dec. 31, 2015. AXA S.A. has been ranked the No. 1 insurance brand in the world by Interbrand for seven consecutive years as of Oct. 5, 2015. 

The obligations of AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company and MONY Life Insurance Company of America are backed solely by their claims-paying ability. Find AXA on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn. For more information, visit

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