New Course Offering: Personal Finance


Kiley Minnick, Contributor

Last week the school board approved a new course called Personal Finance for next school year. Personal Finance is taught by Mrs. Dinger.  We asked her a few questions about the course, and she shared the following information with us.


What is the purpose of this class?

This course will inform students how individual choices directly influence occupational goals and future earnings potential. Real world topics covered will include income, money management, spending and credit, as well as saving and investing. Students will design personal and household budgets utilizing checking and saving accounts, gain knowledge in finance, debt and credit management, and evaluate and understand insurance and taxes. This course will provide a foundation for making informed personal financial decisions leading to financial independence.

What made you want to start this class?

Financial literacy is essential in meeting the financial challenges of the 21st century. So many people are struggling with how to handle their money.  This course will give students the tools to help them start their financial lives on the right foot.

What kind of assignments and projects do students in the class have to complete?

Projects will consist of real life situations.  Some of the areas covered include Income – Components of Your Financial Plan; Money Management – Financial Decision Making; Spending and Credit – Obtaining and Protecting Your Credit;   Saving and Investing; and Insurance – Health and Life and other areas.

What is your favorite part of the class?

Educating students to be skilled in taking care of themselves after they graduate and become successful in handling their finances responsibly.