Botetourt Co, VA—
Students in Craig County are at a disadvantage.
The school system doesn't offer a lot of courses in career technology.
But Craig County students can still take career technology classes thanks to Botetourt County.
The partnership started more than a year ago with a phone call by the Craig County Superintendent.
Botetourt County was more than willing to help out.
"Often times you see competitiveness in education, whereas this is showing how if a student is going to benefit we're going to work together," said Lisa Barnett, Career Technical Coordinator for Botetourt County Schools.
Craig County students travel to take classes at the Botetourt Technical Education Center. (B-tech)
The students are enrolled in courses like cosmetology, auto repair, and criminal justice.
"Oh it's great. If I pass my state boards I'll have my cosmetology license even before I graduate high school next year," said Craig County Junior Megan Bradley.
This year, 22 Craig County students are enrolled in the Botetourt program.
The Craig County students have to pay tuition but at a discounted rate.
"It's not cheap. It's cheaper than what you'd really pay but in the long run it's totally worth it," said Craig County Senior Jake Garman.
Botetourt County says there's no additional cost to house the Craig County students.
Botetourt County students are offered first dibs for classes at B-tech.
Craig County students are able to take the remaining slots.