Financial literacy exercise gives peek of real-world responsibilities for Limestone County students

Local businesses and the Limestone County Career Tech Center provided a look into responsible adulthood for many high schoolers at Athens State University on Thursday with “Your Money, Your Life.”

Co-organizer Chris Becker of Limestone County Extension said it’s part of a program to help youth develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between personal finances and their career choices.

“A lot of kids these days probably wouldn’t be able to fill out a check, and that’s important,” he said. “They need to be able to function on their own, because life is not easy. Life does not take it easy on anybody. So they need to be prepared so that when they enter the workforce they have the skills to be able to survive on their own.”

Becker said the hands-on event was the first of many real-life budgeting exercises that students from all over the county will benefit from. Two sessions involved a total of 200 Career Tech Center students who were assigned a hypothetical career and salary

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