1. Changing Perceptions, State Investments Spark Renewed Interest in Area’s Technical Schools

    Changing Perceptions, State Investments Spark Renewed Interest in Area’s Technical Schools

    It wasn’t so long ago that young people — and their parents — perceived technical schools as a last resort of sorts. But a profoundly changed labor market, a workforce crisis, and a series of investments on the part of the Commonwealth have changed all that. Today, these are increasingly seen as schools of choice because of their blend of academic and vocational programs, and their students are certainly in demand. Joao Alves has been in and around what is now known as Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy for the better part of 40 years.

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