Exeter looks to develop life skills for students

The Sun-Gazette

New Exeter Unified courses gives high schoolers the chance to learn how to succeed in college, a career in fashion, and basic sewing skills

EXETER – Students at Exeter Unified High School (EUHS) are getting more opportunities to learn practical life skills while still in school. In fall 2021, three new courses that are dual enrollment through College of the Sequoias will be coming to the high school.

College is an entirely new world for any student coming out of high school. EUHS students will get an early introduction with the new college and life success class. It will be a three-unit course that covers the exploration of physiological, psychological and sociological factors that impact college and lifelong learning, personal growth and development, well-being and overall success. Topics include self-awareness, academic awareness and resources, learning processes and styles, health and wellness, effective communication in a diverse setting, and financial literacy. Students will learn successful tips and routines that will help them exceed at the next level and beyond.

For students interested in the world of fashion, the new fashion virtual design course will be right up their alley. The three-unit course will be an introduction to visual merchandising and retail sales. It will focus on layouts and fixtures, apparel wall setups, signage, lighting, mannequins, and core design strategies for the sales floor. Students will learn about career paths stemming from merchandising and will be able to plan an ideal layout for a department store.

Sewing is a convenient skill for any person to learn, and EUHS students will have the chance to do so. Beginning sewing is a new three-unit course that will teach basic sewing and clothing construction techniques. Students will learn the difference between woven and knit fabrics, how to read a basic, manufactured pattern, and complete a sewing workbook. The sewing workbook includes a variety of sewing sample techniques produced by the student. By the end of the course, students will be able to operate a standard sewing machine, and will be able to demonstrate straight seam and zig-zag on a sewing machine.

These new courses are transferable to California State Universities and meet the College and Career requirements on the California Dashboard.

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