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Debt relief is one of the most Googled searches done by Southern Nevada residents.
With many drowning in debt and needing assistance to get out of their personal financial crisis, Friday’s “Raising the Bar" focuses on financial sense.
The Bank of Nevada and the Clark County School District are making sure students have that sense before they go off to college or out in the real world.
Edward Spencer, 17, is a Desert Pines High School student in teacher Terry Price's financial sense class.
Spencer decided to take the course, that prepares students for life's financial decisions, after watching his mom struggle and didn’t want to make the same mistakes.
"That's why I really want to be in here today, so I don't do that," Spencer said.
According to Price, there are nine different modules that teach students about credit scores, higher education, insurance, taxes, investing and more.
"It's all about being financially literate and what you do with your money," said Price.
Students like Spencer were shocked to learn just how important credit is.
"What's surprising is credit line and how it works and everything and how it can make you or break you," Spencer said.
Learning these life lessons in high school to take with them into the real world is the goal of the class.
"I feel like any student taking my class is prepared for the real world,” Price said.
About 2,500 students at 20 Title 1 schools in Clark County have been through the financial class.
"I want them to lead a happy, healthy and financially stable life," Price said.