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An $1,800 corporate grant from Lowe’s will pay for Career Safe OSHA cards for students at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC).
This OSHA safety certification is a designation that all students in programs aimed at careers, that require it, have the chance to earn at no cost to themselves. According to Barbara Rezzonico, BSTC’s principal, the safety program’s costs have been paid for with school funds, but the cost for the next group of students to earn the certification will be paid for with this grant. The program costs the school $25 per student.
Barry Calloway, who teaches the building maintenance class, said the OSHA certification reinforces what teachers at BSTC teach. It’s also important when they go to apply for a job after graduation.
“That card means a lot,” Calloway said.
A person applying for a job that requires this certification will have an advantage over those who do not because it will save the employer money, as much as $200.
The local Lowe’s has provided BSTC with a great deal of material over the last year.
“They’ve given us a world of stuff,” he said. “They gave us all sorts of plumbing stuff.”
“They’ve been very good to us,” said Rezzonico.
This is part of a business partnership program that Rezzonico first started last year in Moneta when Food Lion partnered with Moneta Elementary School. According to Ryan Edwards, Bedford County Public Schools spokesman, the school division’s goal is to have all schools involved by 2019.