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Bay Path 'evolving' as preparation tool for college



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Bay Path Vocational students Steven Norquist and Luke Shenette take part in the Auto Body trade at the school. Bay Path now has 60 percent of its graduates go on to a two or four-year college. (click for larger version)
February 07, 2011
CHARLTON — Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School is seeing its highest college attendance rate in its history.

"Bay Path has come a long way in recent times," said Bay Path Curriculum Coordinator and People Personnel Director Nancy Alpine. "I know that people thought in the past that with vocational schools is that you came here, learned a trade and then got a job. Right now, we have about 60 percent of our kids going off to either two or four-year colleges. That means we've evolved a lot."

Just 20 years ago, only 15 percent of Bay Path students went off to two or four-year colleges. Alpine said from year to year, the numbers increase and that the school is firmly encouraging their students to pursue college degrees.

With many vocational students, they are going to school to learn the family trade and plan on continuing in the family business. It is a common occurrence, but more and more of those Bay Path students are continuing on to college as well.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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