‘Adulting 101’ classes prepare Holcomb students with real-world skills

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HOLCOMB, Kan. (KSNW) – Adulting 101 at Holcomb High School is teaching students the in’s and out’s of the many things that come with adulting, like changing tires and finding the right insurance.

Do you know how to adult? Some people say they wish they would’ve learned that before graduating.

“I wish I would’ve learned how to change a tire and how to sew on a button because they’re essential life skills,” said community member Aaron Kucharik.

“It would’ve been nice to have learned more about personal finance and how to market yourself better for employers,” said community member Cosme Chavez.

Once a month, students grow their skills to different concepts and tasks to help them in the future as adults. The purpose behind such a program is driven by the Kansas State Board of Education’s individual student initiative.

“Anything from financing options, what insurance to select, we had a session on renters insurance before,” said Holcomb High School Counselor Jenna Johnson. “I hope they are able to retain this information so it can help them in the future.”

Wednesday, students learned about auto maintenance, like changing tires, checking for auto fluids, what to look for when purchasing a new vehicle, drivers’ safety and more.

“I think this is a good thing to have in school because without it I probably wouldn’t learn how to change a tire or learn how meal prep for before college,” said Holcomb High School Senior Teryn Teeter.

“You’re not just reading about it or watching videos, you get to actually come and do it so it’s a lot more hands on,” said Holcomb High School Senior Jace Tweedy.

Other subjects are home maintenance and lawn care, insurance and coverage, healthy lifestyles, employability skills, personal finance, emotional and self-awareness.

Their goal is to bring community members in so students can learn from someone other than their teachers, giving them the opportunity to build relationships and be prepared to be out in the world as an adult.

“A lot of life skill coming out of today,” said Jace Tweedy.

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