By Ashlee Galloway
As of the fall 2016 school year, current sophomores and all future students will be required to take the personal finance course. This course, which is currently taught by Business department teachers Mrs. Melissa Howard and Mrs. Lori Krouse, will become a graduation requirement for all students.
“They felt every student needs to know how to handle their finances once they graduate, otherwise certain students would never have that information,” Mrs. Howard said of the administration’s decision to make the course a requirement.
Though personal finance will now be required of every student in order to graduate, it is highly advised that students take it their senior year.
“Mrs. Krouse and I are trying to push seniors. I think that the seniors get more out of it than the juniors; it’s relevant right now,” Mrs. Howard explained.
Sophomore Brady Smith, one of over 200 students enrolled in the class for the 2016-17 school year, believes taking such a course will help him to improve his decisions for the rest of his life. “I think taking a class like this will really help me out down the road,” Smith explained, “It will teach me how to live my life in the real world.”
Students who have already taken personal finance realize its benefits. Senior Emily Moose advises future students to pay attention and enjoy the class, because it will be very beneficial to their everyday lives.
“My advice would be to go in with a positive attitude and if you just pay attention in class and take notes, you will pass with flying colors,” Moose said.
Many students may wonder what is taught in such a class, and why the knowledge they gain will be so crucial after they graduate from high school.
“Every senior will have to make a resumé for their mock job interview and we made them in class, and my teacher Mrs. Howard really helped us perfect them,” Moose said.
In the personal finance course, students learn how to set goals and make decisions such as which college best suits them or which career they should pursue. Students are also taught how to prepare a resumé and cover letter, and how to properly execute a job interview.
As well as these important topics, taxes, banking, and loans are also taught in this course. Every unit in this class will benefit students for the challenges and decisions they will face in the future and for the rest of their lives.
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