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From JoDell Ritchea

By Staff | Jun 1, 2011

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Special Education Department of Wetzel County Schools, we express our sincerest appreciation to some area businesses that have contributed to the education of several of our students.

The Community Based Work Study Program is an opportunity for many students to learn valuable work skills in an actual community business setting, thus utilizing the business as a “classroom.” With the generous support and donation of quality time provided by these employers, our students have gained many important skills such as organization, time management, self-confidence, work ethics, and self initiative. These skills have added greatly to their employability in the “real world.”

Participating businesses this year were: Family Dollar, New Martinsville Health Care Center, Lock Your Heart on Kids, Quinet’s Court Restaurant, Wetzel County Hospital, Tractor Supply, Valley Towing, Wetzel County Bus Garage, Wetzel County Center for Children and Families, Valley High School, Luann Anderson- Business Owner, A-L Concrete, and Occasions Florist and Gifts.

It was a great year for the program as we had three students actually get hired at their placements of work study and that is the ultimate goal.

Again, we would like to say “Thank you” to these local businesses. If any other business is interested in becoming part of this worthwhile program, please contact the Job Coach for Wetzel County Schools at 304-455-3014.


JoDell Ritchea, Job Coach, Wetzel County Schools

New Martinsville