SIOUX FALLS, SD -
Our future bosses and business leaders sit in this classroom at the Career and Technical Education Academy in Sioux Falls.
"I think that these students are ready for this. They see the relevance, they are interested in business or they might not know what they want to do and this gives them an avenue for saying, 'Maybe I should try to find this out,'" Academy of Finance instructor Penny Brunken said.
Taking a brief break from their typical science, math and English classes, this year 69 students from different schools across the Sioux Falls School District are attending the Academy of Finance.
Academy of Finance is a national program offered to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
"We have a variety of ways to provide opportunities," Brunken said.
These students learn real world financial skills, paving the way for some of these bright learners to their future professions.
"Hopefully it looks good and I get a good scholarship and something good happens," 10th grader Manny Christopher said.
Christopher is a tenth grader from Roosevelt. Christopher says he hopes his time spent in this class will possibly sail him into the business world.
"You can see how businesses work with their money. It is a lot more than going into a business and buying things," Christopher said.
For his classmate, Melissa Gunnink, a junior New Tech High School, this the first time this program has been offered to her since it is being offered in the new building. She jumped at the opportunity.
"I chose the class because I was good at math and good with numbers so I figured it'd help me later in life with finance and balancing my check book," Gunnink said.
This is not the only thing being offered to these students; they also get paid summer internships at local businesses as well as up to 17 college credits.
For more information on the program, visit the Sioux Falls School District website.
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