Career and VoTech programs across the region are having to turn students away as the education track regains popularity amid skilled labor shortage.

On any given Tuesday, Quincy High School students are using high-tech machines to carve shapes from sheet metal; peeling hundreds of potatoes in the school’s state-of-the-art, student-run kitchen; measuring, cutting and sewing personal fashion designs, and rewiring broken light fixtures.

They are a few hundred of the state’s 60,000 vocational technical students, and they’re on an educational path far different from a few decades ago. Career and vocational technical education programs are at the tail end of a renaissance that has transformed what students learn, how they learn it, whether they go to college, even the reputation of  vocational education itself. The

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