Buckhannon-Upshur High School teacher offers personal finance class to students

UPSHUR COUNTY, W. Va. (WDTV) - It’s a class like no other.

"I teach them everything to be successful," said business teacher Christy Dean. "I go about managing your time and wealth and then we go through about finding a job and being able to understand to buy a house."

At Buckhannon-Upshur High School, students of all grades learn about numbers...their personal numbers.

"The students have made a statement ‘wow we get to learn something in class that we get to do in real life,'" said Dean.

Dean started offering this personal finance class at the school three years ago, and since she says students have learned what really goes on in the real world.

"Being able to buy or rent a home being able to understand college, online banking, managing your checking accounts," she said.

She says the idea emerged from parents. They would tell her that their kids needed a class where they will learn how to budget on their own. and the way she attracted students is by saying:

"You want to learn things you don’t want your parents to teach you and do you want to have a class that doesn’t have homework," said Dean.

She has since held two classes per school year. At the moment she has more than 50 students enrolled in the class, and by next year she hopes to attract more.

"Next year, I’ll reach about 200 students," she said.

She also says some of her students currently have jobs, and have put what they learned into practice.

"We actually had some that have been able to do their own income taxes, which is nice!"