Students in Workforce Development receive important life lessons

The Ohio State University Regional Branch hosted a program called “Real-World – Real money” for the Vermilion High School Workforce Development Program. Over 60 students at Vermilion High School participated in the two-day program.

On day one of the program, students were given a simulated career and yearly salary. They also were given a simulated family to calculate their expenses. Students needed to figure net monthly pay and start a savings account. The first part of the program also included lessons on credit and debit cards.

The second day of the program included 12 booths set up in the high school’s workforce development wing of the school. Students had to visit each booth and make purchases based on their needs. The booths included: car financing, house or apartment financing, insurance purchasing. The other stations included purchase of food and child care, cell phone plan, entertainment and banking needs.

The booths were run by business people and familiar faces from the school. Special thanks go to Superintendent Phil Pempin, VHS Assistant Superintendent Jim Balotta, VHS Principal Lisa Deliz, VHS Assistant Principal Joe Tellier, and Resource Officer Brian Beckwith with participating and making the program a success.

The program was one of the many facilitated by the Vermilion Rotary Club and the S.T.R.I.V.E. Program. S.T.R.I.V.E. stands fro Students Taking a Renewed Interest in the Value of Education.

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