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    A chance to try trades at Northeast Voke in Wakefield

    Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School in Wakefield will offer new services to students who attend other public high schools in its district, after receiving a $100,00 grant from the Cummings Foundation. Northeast plans to use the money over four years to pilot an annual 12-week program that will be available free to high school seniors from Chelsea, Malden, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Saugus, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn. Participating students will have the opportunity to explore different career paths, such as dental assistant, metal fabrication, and the electrician trade. The courses will be taught in four-hour Saturday sessions, beginning in January. Along with getting hands-on instruction in Northeast’s shops, participating students will have access to Northeast’s Career Center, where they will be offered help in creating resumes, conducting job searches, and preparing for interviews.

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    John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.