College Readiness: A Curriculum for Food, Finance, and Other Real World Basics

This new class is for students preparing to go onto College, and covers the skills they will need to be successful and happy in their daily life.

This class is typically offered as a one-time Saturday workshop from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at your school’s location. This can also be customized and offered as two or three Saturday morning workshops.

Cost is $340 per student.

Contact JMC to arrange bringing this workshop to your school.

What This Class Teaches:

  • Personal Care:

    • How to use basic kitchen appliances
    • Wash/Dry clothes
    • Ironing (determine which clothes to take to the dry cleaners)
    • Make a bed (with clean sheets)
    • Fold laundry
 (basic sewing repairs)
    • How to properly clean a toilet, shower, bathroom floor, etc.
    • How to unclog a toilet
    • Set an alarm and wake yourself up on time
    • Get rid of spiders and bugs (without help)
    • Basic Shopping (for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Life-Management and Organizational Skills:

    • Create a budget
    • Keep your finances records organized
    • Organize all passwords, accounts and important documents in a safe place for reference
    • Use a credit card responsibly, avoiding debt
    • When/how to pay taxes
    • Time management
    • Keep a daily calendar
    • How to set up internet/cable
    • Calculate a tip
    • How to split a check among friends
    • Address an envelope
    • Write a check
    • Balance a checkbook
    • Pack smarter
    • Change the battery in a fire alarm
    • Back-up information on your computer and other devices
    • Manage/clean-up your social media accounts
  • School Matters

    • Shop smarter for books
    • Keep track of your grades
    • Keep track of assignments due
    • Sign up/register for classes
    • Maintain healthy study habits
    • Contact professors for help
    • Navigate to classes
    • Discuss living guidelines with your roommate
    • Locate the student section of your university’s web site
    • Taking clear, readable notes
    • Essay writing
    • Create an outline
    • Public speaking
    • Seek out extracurricular activities you enjoy
    • Create a schedule that works for you
    • Maintain a healthy balance between your academic and social life
    • Draft a roommate agreement

  • Professional Skills

    • Write a resume
    • Draft a cover letter
    • Professionally format emails
    • Write thank you notes
    • Networking
  • Transportation Savvy

    • Read a map
 (yes your gps may break down one day)
    • Fill up a car with gas
    • Change a tire
    • Hail a taxi
    • Bike maintenance
    • Utilize and navigate public transit
  • General Conscientiousness

    • Awareness of your surroundings
    • Recognizing a potentially dangerous situation
    • Have personal medical information and keep up with appointments
    • Emergency preparedness
    • Avoid drugs and alcohol
    • Be sexually responsible
    • How to say “no,” respectfully
    • How to ask for help
    • Be open-minded
    • Accept constructive criticism
    • Dating dos and don’ts.