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Students Help with Fred Recovery
Students Help with Fred Recovery
Posted on 09/08/2021
On Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 1-2), six Occupational Course of Study (OCS) students from Enka High School visited Mountain Power Performance, Inc., where they shoveled mud, pressure washed, cleaned up debris, and moved furniture as part of the recovery from Tropical Depression Fred. The juniors helped get the Candler business back in working order.Related:
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Photos courtesy of BCS Occupational Course of Study job coach Tonya Rhinehart.

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

BCS students gave back to the community last week by cleaning up at a local business so it could reopen in time for Labor Day weekend.

On Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 1-2), six Occupational Course of Study (OCS) students from Enka High School visited Mountain Power Performance, Inc., where they shoveled mud, pressure washed, cleaned up debris, and moved furniture as part of the recovery from Tropical Depression Fred. The juniors helped get the Candler business back in working order.

“They were extremely hard workers and impressed us with how awesome they all were,” read a post on Mountain Power Performance’s Facebook page. “We are proud to be part of [this] Job Program.”

From ninth through 12th grade, students in OCS earn 600 vocational hours through school-based enterprises, community internships, and paid employment opportunities to receive their North Carolina High School Diploma. Vocational hours include 225 hours of on-the-job training through internship placements with local businesses.

The internships provide valuable opportunities for students to learn hard and soft skills, connect with the community, and form a vision for the future, said OCS job coach Tonya Rhinehart.

“They graduate on track to get a fulltime job or go to a trade school or further training,” she said. “And local businesses grow with the students. They learn how to teach skills to students with a lot of cognitive and behavioral diversity. Overall, the program encourages patience, understanding, and acceptance in our community.”

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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