Originally published in The Columbus Dispatch – March 11, 2019
Teaching high-school students about jobs will help them, and Ohio, thrive in the future. Right now, the unemployment rate in Ohio is trending in the right direction and the economic outlook for 2019 is rosy as well. But with possible trade wars and political uncertainty on the horizon, getting students better prepared for the future will be key to keeping that trend positive.
I started teaching career readiness at Ohio Virtual Academy last year. I prepare my students for careers in high-growth fields like programming and networking, and I teach them basic skills like how to get their personal finances in order.
Technology changes rapidly and students must learn to adapt what they know, even from just last semester. With personal finance, I make my lessons concrete. For example, if you want to go to prom this spring, think about the money you’ll need and how long you have to save for it.
When legislators discuss education in Columbus, I hope they continue to protect school options for online students. And these lessons will only help them and the economy in the long run.
To learn more about Ohio Virtual Academy, visit https://ohva.k12.com/