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Industrial preps seniors

By Jessica Coleman

Staff Writer

    Industrial ISD is going above and beyond preparing their senior class for college and the workforce.

    In addition to core curriculum classes and their chosen electives, Industrial Seniors took some time to learn non-academic life skills. With graduation right around the corner, many of these students will be going off to college or joining the workforce in the coming months and leaving the safety of their parents’ nests for the first time, and while their English and algebra classes almost definitely prepared them for college and professional environments, it probably didn’t touch on remembering to budget for filling their gas tanks to get to and from work, the cost of groceries, and how not to tank their credit scores.

    “Not everything that students need to know about life can be picked up by reading a textbook,” said Industrial Education Foundation Marketing Chair Daniel Barrientos in a press release. “On May 6 the Industrial Education Foundation partnered with the Industrial Independent School District to host the second annual Adulting 101 program. Adulting 101 is a unique program designed to give graduating seniors an overview of the basic tools they need to survive in the real world after graduation.”

    Adulting 101 focused on building skills that every adult will use eventually. Local professionals from the Texas A&M Agrilife Extensions from Victoria and Jackson Counties, First State Bank, Zen Martial Arts, Inteplast Group, and the Texas Department of Public Safety showed up to present important “adulting” lessons that many people before them had to learn the hard way.

    Students broke into small groups and learned about cooking safety, how to manage a budget and build credit, how to replace the wiper fluid in their car, check tire pressure and use jumper cables, as well as basic self defense. They even heard from State Trooper Richard Jankovsky about the impact things like DWIs can have on their future and how to use a tourniquet. Lunch was served to participants at the conclusion of the program. “It is great to bring the community together to teach students the valuable skills on how to survive in the real world,” said Industrial Education Foundation President Clint Ives. “Knowledge poower.”

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