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New school teaches millennials how to ‘adult’

The Adulting School in Portland is what founders Rachel Weinstein and Katie Brunelle call the modern-day home economics class for people 21 and older. (WGME)

PORTLAND, Maine (WGME) - The Adulting School in Portland, Maine opened up in November 2016. Co-founders Rachel Weinstein and Katie Brunelle say it can best be described as a modern-day home economics class.

The school caters to people who are 21 years or older. Weinstein and Burnelle say while typically people assume it's the parents' job to teach their children basic life skills, that's not always the case for everyone.

They've created the school to show people they're not alone. Instead of being stressed out over something, they invite everyone together to learn about problems they're having and how to solve them.

To pick up where those schools, parents or guardians may have left off, the Adulting School focuses on six topics.

"Bills, social life, not being a kid, I don't know - it's a concept you're not ever really taught about," Courtney Greenwood, a millennial, said.

It's a new education concept some millennials are interested in.

"It looks really interesting. I think it could be very beneficial for our generation," Kelcey Briggs added.

There are others who are against what the school stands for.

"It's kind of sad, to be honest, that that needs to be available, 'cause you go through life and you learn," said a University of New England student.

"No, I want to be a kid forever, so I will not accept it," added another.

One of the six life essentials that are taught in the school is money. Weinstein and Brunelle say it's the most popular subject.

"I didn't even know how to balance a check book. I don't even use a check book. I don't know what people use a check book - what is a check for?” Greenwood said.

The school teaches things like what an interest rate is, how to balance your accounts and manage your debt - all while saving money.

"I'm still not totally sure what a 401k is," Alex St. Clair said.

Another topic the school focuses on is work.

"Looking for a job is the ultimate 'Oh, bleep you're an adult,'" Molly Haskell said.

To help improve students' chances of getting a job, the school provides how-to classes for resume building and job interviewing skills. They bring in experts and employers of big companies to help teach lessons on what a future employer is looking for and what to keep in mind while applying.

"[New employers] just tell you, ya know, you're going to have benefits and make sure you know what you're doing and we really don't know," Briggs said.

Building relationships, health, wellness and community are other essentials.

Some classes focus on how to stay in good health while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

"At what point did you start doing your own laundry?" I asked.

"As soon as mom told me to start doing it. If you don't do it, you're not going to have any, so ..." Corey Dennison, a student at the University of New England, said.

Do it yourself has the largest variety of classes. Classes range from things like how to change the oil in a car, or how to create your own face moisturizer - all while getting the best bang for your buck.

So, we asked one student if they knew how to change their oil.

"Change my oil? No. I know where to go to get an oil change. I don't even know how to change a tire. AAA, that's how,” Greenwood said.

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