Claymont, BCC student Orr excels at school-to-work job at Tusky Valley bus garage

The beginning of his senior year in high school started as normal as could be in 2020 but just one month later, a Buckeye Career Center Agriculture & Diesel Technology student found himself completing online schooling while working full-time hours.

Chase Orr, 18, of Claymont, spent about five weeks attending in-person/remote schooling before his instructor Brad Pfeiffer began talking to him about school-to-work opportunities. The program allows senior students to receive lab credits while going to work during the day instead of attending in-person at BCC in New Philadelphia. Orr jumped at the chance, especially when he was approached by Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools Superintendent Mark Murphy.

Chase Orr works on a bus in the bus garage at Tusky Valley schools.

Murphy was seeking to fill a head mechanic position within the Tusky Valley district bus garage, but weeks of searching failed to provide the right candidate. That’s when Murphy reached out to BCC to find a student who was looking for work in that field.

“My hope was to provide an opportunity for a local young person to gain experience,” Murphy said. “We wanted to give someone a chance to thrive in real experience, while still under the umbrella of Buckeye.”