TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — Fifth-graders at Cole Elementary in Tippecanoe County are learning what it takes to be an adult.
One day a month students meet for the Cole Professional Academy. Each session they learn the skills it takes to find and keep a job. Skills like showing up on time, meal etiquette and how to act during an interview. Today, a Lafayette Police officer talked to students about drug use and its negative effects.
LPD Sergeant Brandon Withers said discussing drug abuse with young children is difficult, but it's an important conversation to have.
"I don't want to beat around the bush, so to speak, It's no joke. If someone says, 'Hey, try it. It's not that bad.' – this stuff is bad. It's hurting people every day," Withers said.
Principal Michael Pinto said some of the subjects may not apply to the students now, But it's never too early to open their eyes.
"How to show up to an interview. How to tie a tie. Some of those things are a little bit more out of their comfort zone and more an adult. But we know a pebble in the shoe now may help them down the road of life," said Pinto.
The Cole Professional Academy was started after Pinto talked to local companies. He said local company recruiters are having trouble finding employees who show up on time or can even pass a drug test.