Mary Alice Reporting – When classes were disrupted in 2020, a student at Buckeye Career Center took advantage and excelled at a partnering program.

18-year-old Chase Orr, of Claymont, was in his senior year at Buckeye for the Agriculture and Diesel Technology course when the learning model became blended and he was working full-time hours.

A release noted that Instructor Brad Pfeiffer informed of the school-to-work opportunity, which allows a senior student the ability to receive lab credits while going to work during the day instead of attending in-person class at BCC.

Orr was able to gain a position as an assistant mechanic in the bus garage for the Tuscarawas Valley Local School after Superintendent Mark Murphy reached out to Buckeye seeking a student in that field.

Orr began in November at Tusky Valley and worked five days a week repairing buses as needed and completing daily tasks and then his evenings consisted of academic work remotely. He is expected to keep the temporary employment through the end of this school year.

“Without the school-to-work program, I’d be waiting until I graduate to try to find a job. I’m thankful I’m here,” noted Orr.

Additionally, BCC points out that, for the current school year, there are over 50 students taking advantage of the school-to-work program.

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