Eau Claire (WQOW) - We send our kids to school every day to prepare them for the future, but how often do they get the chance to actually learn about real-world experiences?
That was the goal of the real-life academy, held Wednesday in Eau Claire. More than 300 high school students from throughout the Chippewa Valley worked to figure out what they want to do for a living, while also determining if it is a job that can support their other financial obligations.
During the academy, students visited 29 different stations ranging from housing to groceries and other every-day expenses.
"This is a great opportunity for students in the Chippewa Valley to experience a real-world simulation and to experience life and all of its ups and downs, and all of its costs and benefits," said school board member Joe Luginbill. "In terms of balancing a checkbook or managing your money, this is a really great event to experience all of that."
Luginbill said the event is both eye-opening and exciting for students to find out what lies ahead after school.