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From JoDell Ritchea

By Staff | May 24, 2017

To Our Local Business Participants,

The school year for 2016-17 is coming to an end. 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: New Martinsville Health Care Center, New Martinsville School, Valley Towing, Wetzel County Hospital, Wetzel County Bus Garage, Shortline School, Wetzel County Center for Children and Families, Wetzel County Board of Education Office, Little Lambs Pre School at the NMUMC, New Martinsville Parks and Rec., Salvation Army, First Christian Church, Community Breakfast at The Lighthouse Church, WV Extension Office, Wetzel County Court House, Good Will, Save A Lot, Tractor Supply, Exxon, and The Gabriel Project.

Again, we would like to say Thank You to these local businesses. You have truly made a difference in these students’ lives.

If your business would like to participate in this worthwhile program, please contact me at 304-771-0878.


JoDell Ritchea – Wetzel County Schools Job Coach