Students enrolled in the Personal Finance class with Yvonne Spencer traveled to State Employees’ Credit Union on March 20.
Their host, Lynn Burr, financial services officer, talked to the students about career opportunities within the Credit Union system and educational and training requirements. Burr then gave the students a tour of the facility including the vault and Missy Johnson, teller services supervisor, talked to students about the responsibilities of the tellers on a daily basis.
The students engaged in a real life scenario activity. These scenarios included various aspects of their lives, such as the number of children, their spouse situation, their job, education, and salary they made. Their paycheck was broken down as a pay stub, and then students had to figure out their expenses for the month based on their scenario. They had to calculate these expenses to see what type of housing situation they could afford and if they could afford a vehicle. Students had various options of purchasing a new or used car and renting or purchasing a house. Students quickly realized they could barely afford child care and groceries for the month with their income.
This opportunity allowed the students a better insight into the cost of living when providing for themselves and their family. Students enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the various career opportunities and the eye-opening activity that encouraged the students to think about their life. The school was very grateful to SECU for hosting this opportunity for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) students.