Friday, April 12 2013, 10:17 AM CDT
Nederland High School students learn finance management at on-campus credit union
NEDERLAND - By Megan Dillard - Textbooks, lesson plans, homework. Traditional teaching tools in schools across Southeast Texas.
KFDM visited Nederland High School where students are learning how to bank without ever leaving campus.
Business teacher Gina McDonald engages her Nederland High School banking students by asking questions in a classroom.
"It helps them to learn at an early age how these things work and how to stay out of trouble financially."
Textbooks, pencils, computers.
A setting typical of schools across southeast Texas. But at this high school, students are learning about banking at a bank.
"We are real-life, hands-on. They can physically come here and do what they're taught in class."
Dawn Fournier works for Neches Federal Credit Union.
"Who can tell me what credit is?"
Her position here at Nederland High School helps her work with and teach kids finance management, some before they're even old enough to drive. "The students of today are our adults of tomorrow so why not make sure that they're ready for the world?"
Students like senior Joshua Conley.
He appreciates having a bank at school.
"It is a big convenience because sometimes I don't have cash on me, or the day I just got paid I can go ahead and get money for lunch."
Conley believes all students should learn about finances.
"It should be something required for us to learn because it's something everybody's going to have to do in the next few years."
Skills required in future years these students are learning now.
Lessons teachers hope the kids will take with them long after their high school days.
"These days, everything is so very costly and if they don't know how to be very wise in managing their money, they'll have problems throughout their life."
Several high schools in southeast Texas have a credit union or bank on campus.
The one at Nederland High School is open during school hours to students and staff.