Sunderman is part of the Business and Finance Academies, where he helps prepare students for life outside of high school, whether in college or not. Sunderman achieves this in particular with his personal finance course, where he teaches students about financial responsibility.
“I want them to explore it as a career, but also, the other half is just for their life,” Sunderman said.
Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, students will be required to take a personal finance course in Nebraska. This is the result of Nebraska’s Financial Literacy Act (LB452), which was introduced last year. Over the course of a semester, students will learn how to build and maintain credit, balance their budget, understand taxes, debt, and savings, manage risk, and develop investment strategies.
But the career academy is not just for students who want to go to college.
In the career academy, students also have the opportunity to learn professional skills, such as construction or metalworking. A mechanics course, for example, allows students to work on their own car.
According to Casselberry, students should also be part of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs), such as SkillsUSA.
“The great thing about CTSOs is that they give kids the opportunity to showcase some of their talents and skills that they can’t showcase during the school day,” Casselberry said.