Efforts to keep college grads in Worcester paying off, local leaders say

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WORCESTER – When this year’s local college graduates step across the podium to receive their degrees, they won’t just be saying goodbye to their alma mater – they’re also more than likely bidding farewell to Worcester.

While statistics are difficult to obtain – not all colleges track where their graduates end up – recent surveys indicate that the majority of the city’s college graduates relocate after their four years are over, lured by jobs, family and friends, and the appeal of bigger, more popular cities.

“I wouldn’t be opposed to staying here, but there aren’t a ton of opportunities,” said Worcester Polytechnic Institute senior Alison Hebert, echoing a common refrain from soon-to-be college graduates who are headed out of town.

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