College offers ‘adulting’ courses

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November 18, 2019 - 10:17 AM

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Many students entering college haven’t mastered basic life skills such as changing a tire or balancing a checkbook, so some universities are responding with noncredit workshops sometimes called “Adulting 101.”

Kansas State University in Manhattan offers a series that teaches practical skills. Wichita State University has offered a workshop on budgeting, the University of Nebraska-Kearney taught a tax preparation workshop and a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill workshop focused on building credit, The Kansas News Service reported.

While older generations might scoff at millennials and Generation Z for not knowing how to perform these tasks, educators say today’s college students grew up under intense pressure to pass college entrance exams and achieve high grade point averages — giving them little time to learn life skills. Hovering parents and a decline in traditional home economics classes also contributed to the problem.

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