What high school electives teach independent living skills?

By: Kelly Elton

As we plan for next school year and students are filling out their schedule requests, have they considered what skills they need for the next stage of their life? It may be a time to reflect and assess what skills a student needs to be as independent as possible as an adult. Many Family and Consumer Science courses offer a variety of courses that teach independent living skills. Some courses taught by an Industrial Technology Teacher can offer trainings in home maintenance and opportunities to learn more about carpentry and machining trades through Industrial Technology. More importantly, does the student have a financial plan for their adult life? A personal finance class can make a huge difference in teaching the student how to better budget their money. The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center offers a free assessment. If you have not already, start assessing what your student knows and where they need instruction.