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

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

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.”

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Mamie M. Arndt