Literacy Skills Students at Genoa Middle School Exposed to Real Life Choices


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Left:  Sixth grade student Chris Harkins tries on personal protective equipment necessary for the Health Technologies program at DACC.  Above:  Pupils learned to budget during “Real World, Real Money.”

 

 

 

Last month, Literacy Skills students at Genoa Middle School got the opportunity to learn about real world budgeting, plus opportunities that will be offered to them should they choose to attend the Delaware Area Career Center. 

First, Laryssa Hook from the OSU Extension Office brought the eye-opening Real Money, Real World simulation experience to Genoa.  Pupils picked a job and had to pay taxes and set money aside for retirement and savings.  They also had to choose how to spend their salaries on utilities, groceries, childcare, transportation and more.  Parent volunteers and helpers from the Mortgage Bankers Association were present at each station to assist the youngsters with making choices that fit with their budgets.

Then, on December 13, Literacy Skills students learned about the different opportunities available at the Delaware Area Career Center (DACC).  They heard from Enrollment Coordinator Mary Siekman and DACC students Sara Bentz (Westerville Central) and Cat Cox (Westerville North).  DACC provides unique elective courses to high school students in Delaware County and surrounding areas.  They work in partnership with high schools in Delaware County and surrounding areas to enhance students’ academic learning with hands-on instruction that is focused on each pupil’s area of interest.  DACC students still graduate from their home high school, but they do so with additional college credits, industry credentials, and valuable experiences.