Student interest is high in POWER program

Sunday, March 5, 2017

A local manufacturer is covering the cost for the first 100 students in the Clay Community School Corporation’s P.O.W.E.R. Pathway Certification program in their efforts to receive federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration certifications.

“Great Dane has offered to donate $2,500 to cover the cost of the OSHA 10-hour certifications,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tim Rayle, who has been working with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and area business leaders to secure partnerships with the initiatives of the program. “Over the past few months, we have been working to form a strong school and community partnership with the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.”

The main area of focus has been the development of the Perseverance - Organization - Work Ethic - Efficiency - Responsibility (P.O.W.E.R.) Pathway & Certification to create a qualified and sustainable pipeline of student candidates for business, industry and college through school/business/industry collaborations and internships.

According to school administration, the student interest in the program is very high.

“We anticipate approximately 100 students will be taking the P.O.W.E.R. Pathway during the 2017-2018 school year,” Rayle said. “Great Dane has offered a generous donation of $2,500 to cover the cost of the OSHA 10-hour certification through CareerSafe for these students.”

To earn the P.O.W.E.R. Certification at the conclusion of their senior year, students will have to complete the following achievements: Obtain the eight credits for the P.O.W.E.R. Pathway, OSHA 10-Hour Certification as part of Work-Based Learning: Senior Internship course; complete a minimum of six hours of community service while attending Clay Community Schools; demonstrate overall academic readiness by earning a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 and meet all criteria for graduation, maintain an attendance rate of 98 percent or higher per semester and have fewer than four tardies to school per semester; and maintain professional conduct according to the guidelines set forth by the school corporation.

“This program is expanding the focus on the skills needed in employees and getting our students into these programs to learn the skills,” Rayle said. “High school graduates are going to have the opportunity to develop employability skills with the implementation of a new internship program that values a student’s attempts to learn work skills and be ready for a career at the end of their senior year.”

During a recent Clay Community School Board of Trustees meeting, board members discussed their beliefs in the benefits the program will offer not only students but local businesses.

“The Chamber board and local businesses and industries are reaching out, wanting this,” said board member Ron Scherb about the program he believes will be a valuable asset in the community. “This is a good all-round program for public relations and for our students as well.”

Rayle said an interested student can speak with their guidance counselor to learn more information about the (P.O.W.E.R.) Pathway & Certification program at their high school.

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