May 232013

Xavier and Teresa Harrison and their son, seventh-grader Zack, all of Groton, chat with Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Carley Engle during the school

Dan Phelps
Xavier and Teresa Harrison and their son, seventh-grader Zack, all of Groton, chat with Nashoba Tech Chef-Instructor Carley Engle during the school”s recent Open House and Career Night

WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School”s recent Open House and Career Night included a little something for everyone: tours of the school and its 18 technical programs, a look at possible career opportunities, an opportunity to chat with teachers from both the academic and technical programs, and a chance to see local television stars Dave Andelman of WSBK-TV”s “The Phantom Gourmet” and Peter Souhleris and Dave Seymour of A&E”s hit show “Flipping Boston.”

The event drew several hundred interested middle-school students and their parents, as well as people interested in Nashoba Tech”s many educational programs, including: Dual Enrollment, through which qualified upperclassmen can attend college full time while still a student at Nashoba Tech; School to Work, a cooperative-education program through which qualified upperclassmen can work in their chosen field every other week during the school year; and the Postgraduate program, in which qualified high-school graduates from the school”s district can earn postgraduate credits free of charge.

Several students and parents liked what they saw and said they would seriously think about Nashoba Tech when it comes time for high school. When Zack Harrison, a seventh-grader from Groton, was asked if he was considering attending Nashoba Tech starting in the 2014-2015 school year, he said, “Most likely. I liked everything I saw.”

His parents agreed. “I like that it”s a small school,” said Zack”s mother, Teresa, while visiting the school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, and chatting with Chef-Instructor Carley Engle. “I like the feel of it. And listening to the students makes you feel good about it, like it”s a good experience.”

“And the teachers are so friendly,” said Zack”s father, Xavier.

Other middle-schoolers at Open House have already set their minds on Nashoba Tech and eagerly await the interview process.

Townsend eighth-graders Rachel Hazlett and Vicki Theall were visiting the school with Rachel”s parents, Ross and Arlene Hazlett. Both are hoping to attend Nashoba Tech in the fall and have their eye on the Cosmetology program.

Dave Andelman of WSBK-TV

Dan Phelps
Dave Andelman of WSBK-TV”s long-running show, “The Phantom Gourmet,” congratulates Nona Hunt, a sophomore Culinary Arts student from Nashoba Tech whose cheeseburger Andelman chose as the best of several cooked by students as part of a Best Cheeseburger contest

Andelman appeared at the school to judge a student cheeseburger-creating contest. The entertaining duo of Souhleris and Seymour spoke about their adventures buying, fixing up and selling homes on “Flipping Boston.”

Nashoba Tech offers 18 technical programs: Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Automotive Technology; Banking, Marketing & Retail; Carpentry/Cabinet Making; Cosmetology; Culinary Arts; Dental Assisting; Design & Visual Communications; Early Childhood Education; Electrical Technology; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Health Assisting; Hotel & Restaurant Management; Machine Tool Technology; Plumbing & Heating; Programming & Web Development; and TV & Media Production/Theatre Arts.

The school”s district includes Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.

Nashoba Tech is at 100 Littleton Road (Route 110), Westford. For more information or to find out about registering to attend Nashoba Tech, either as a high-schooler or a postgraduate, call 978-692-4711 or visit