Study: Worcester must work to keep college grads

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Worcester is undeniably a college town. In the 2013-2014 school year, more than 7,500 students graduated from the 12 colleges in and around the city. But many of them may not stay here, and that could spell a lack of local talent as the city works to boost its economy, according to a study released Wednesday.

While 40 percent of Worcester’s young professional-age (25 to 34) residents have bachelor’s degrees or higher, many who earn them locally don’t plan to stay in the city, according to the Worcester Regional Research Bureau report, Central Massachusetts Talent Retention Project: A Survey of the Class of 2014.

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