On October 6, 1995, four years of planning and preparation by Abraham Mulugetta, professor of finance and international business, and a number of other faculty members from the business school culminated in the opening of the Center for Trading and Analysis of Financial Instruments (CTAFI). The trading room nearly doubled in size when it relocated to the Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise in spring 2008.
This innovative center, dedicated to the study of financial, currency, and commodity markets was, to the best of our knowledge, the first in the field with the largest number of workstations of any undergraduate institution in the nation. The trading room, where students can simultaneously access information in real time and make critical decisions, is an essential tool for narrowing the gap between students' academic knowledge and practitioners' need for real-world experience.
The trading room provides students with a "hands-on" feel for exchange activities of financial and commodity instruments - from the initiation of orders to the final phase of trade execution. This visualization of the process of securities, currencies, and commodities transactions is a powerful tool for teaching financial and commodity instruments' valuation, market imperfections, speed of information transmission, price discovery, etc.
Thus, the center captures the atmosphere of an actual trading environment, providing students with access to real-time market data received from various exchanges connected to 44 workstations utilizing Thomson Reuter's state-of-the-art Thomson One software package, plus another five workstations in a smaller lab across the hall.
Go back to school for a trade
Some place accredited where you can get financial aid. I say trade because those programs are usually short to complete, maybe 6 months, maybe a year and you can be out earning.
Make sure the trade you choose is in an industry that isn't saturated. A poster earlier today said she wanted a career outside of being a hairdresser because the money was bad...so unless you're in an area where stylists are in high demand I wouldn't choose that.