|By Nola Sizemore, Harlan Daily Enterprise, Ky.|
"When these students arrive at the simulation they receive the equivalent of one month's salary for the career they have chosen," said Cox. "They go through the 'store' purchasing housing, transportation, child care, medical insurance, and other items to run a household. By the end of the simulation, we hope to show students there is a relationship between career, lifestyle and education."
Cox said the premise of the program is to encourage students to stay in school, make good grades and to further their education if at all possible.
"We also encourage students to not have children until they can adequately provide for them," Cox said. "I've had numerous students over the years come back and tell us how much this program has helped them after they graduated from high school."
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"Hopefully, this is a bit of an eye-opening experience for some of these kids where they understand work has value and their work right now is school," said Bell. "They need to concentrate on what they're doing (in school), do the best they can and use the talents God has given them, and make the most of them. This is going to be the only chance they have at being successful in life."
Bell added he hopes each student will take something from this program and use it in the future between now and the time they graduate high school.
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