Students at Waldo County Technical Center got a taste of the real world on December 19 when the school’s MELMAC (Maine Educational Loan Marketing Corporation) committee hosted its inaugural Adulting Extravaganza.  In the school’s auto technology shop, teens had the opportunity to change a car’s flat tire and check fluids under the hood. Each student who participated received a tire gauge. In the student center, students experienced what it is like to pay adult bills and budget money. The student center was set up with tables manned by teachers acting as bill collectors of common monthly expenses, such as heat, rent, internet and food. Participants were each given an envelope containing the title of a job that could be procured by a tech center graduate, a month’s net salary, and a list of bills. Their challenge was to pay all their bills with their allotment of cash — those who did not make enough got to see the importance of prioritizing expenses. The Adulting Extravagaza is part of Waldo County Technical Center’s focus on preparing students for career and college readiness, which includes opportunities to earn trade-specific certifications, workshops on filing taxes, resume preparation, financial literacy and interview skills. Pictured here, at top, Nicholas Kahriman and Ben Morsey from WCTC’s Computer Careers program pay their bills, and, at bottom, Adriana Helander from WCTC’s EMS