The COPE Youth Service Center hosted Adulting 101 on Friday for the Caldwell County High School senior class, bringing in community partners to teach students real life adult lessons.
Tiffany Massey from Farmers Bank hosted basic banking, covering checking and savings accounts. She taught students the importance of knowing what banks offer and how to use the programs.
Sheila Gates from Farmers Bank split the day with Allee Coleman and Emily Culver from First Southern National Bank. They covered the personal finance, teaching students the importance of good credit scores and applying for loans.
Community Medical Clinic hosted the "Help, I'm Sick" class, teaching students how to call and schedule doctor's appointments, reviewing new patient enrollment packets, and covering the importance of health insurance.
School Resource Officer Nate Herran and Sheriff Deputy Brook Dixon took on the morning class of "How To Interact with Police." They discussed how to act during a traffic stop, having proper insurance, licenses and registration, and covered several different laws that students were not aware of.
Joni Phelps from the University of Kentucky Extension Office taught the "Cooking on a Budget" class. She covered the importance of budgeting and planning meals in advance. Students received a list of food with prices and had to come up with a budget for the week.
The last class offered was "Keep It on the Road." Two seniors taught the class, Zane Milstead and Ethan Rickard. The students learned the basics of maintaining their vehicles through oil changes, changing windshield wipers, and putting spare tires on.
Alyson Van Hooser, Keynote Speaker and Trainer with Van Hooser Associates, Inc., spoke to the seniors. She talked about how they make the choice for their future and how they need to "own their situations." Her speech motivated and encouraged the students to believe in themselves and persevere through hard times to become successful.
Principal Lacey Gilkey said Friday's program would not have been possible without the community's help.
"The COPE center is appreciative of each and every person from the community who donated their time for the students," Gilkey said. "They look forward to having this program next year and for years to come."