The event drew several hundred interested middle-school students and their parents, as well as people interested in Nashoba Techâ€™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 schoolâ€™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, â€œMost likely. I liked everything I saw.â€
His parents agreed. â€œI like that itâ€™s a small school,â€ said Zackâ€™s mother, Teresa, while visiting the school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, and chatting with Chef-Instructor Carley Engle. â€œI like the feel of it. And listening to the students makes you feel good about it, like itâ€™s a good experience.â€
â€œAnd the teachers are so friendly,â€ said Zackâ€™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 Rachelâ€™s parents, Ross and Arlene Hazlett. Both are hoping to attend Nashoba Tech in the fall and have their eye on the Cosmetology program.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 â€œFlipping Boston.â€
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 schoolâ€™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 www.nashoba.tech.net.