DCHS Grad Goes From Driver’s Seat to Transportation Dispatcher

DCHS Grad Goes From Driver’s Seat to Transportation Dispatcher
Posted on 02/09/2022

DCHS Grad Goes From Driver’s Seat to Transportation Dispatcher

Jeffrey Orndorff’s love for tinkering under the hood of a car began in automotive shop class in high school and evolved into a career driving buses for the Douglas County School District (DCSD) and ultimately becoming a transportation dispatcher.

What is your name, which school did you attend, and what year did you graduate?
My name is Jeffrey Orndorff and I graduated from Douglas County High School in 1986.

What have you been doing since graduation?
I’ve been with DCSD for more than 21 years, working in the district’s transportation department.

What is your proudest achievement since graduating?
After years of driving school buses, I’m proud to be a transportation dispatcher. I’ve been a DCSD transportation dispatcher for 17 years. I work at the West Terminal where I manage bus scheduling and the scheduling of relief drivers. I also handle administrative work for the SMART tag (bus pass) program and requests for buses and drivers for school field trips.

Share a positive memory from high school that sticks out to you.
Automotive shop class was a highlight! Mr. Gene Noble was my automotive shop class instructor for three years, and he was a great influence on me. I learned auto mechanic skills in class, and then I’d share my knowledge with my Dad. My Dad was impressed and would allow me to work on cars at his gas station. It was a great way to practice my skills!

What was one unique thing you learned about yourself during high school? How did your teachers and school support you?
I had to work hard to achieve my goals. I loved all of my teachers, as they were very supportive in helping me reach my goals.

What advice would you give your 15-year-old self?
Shoot for your goals. Find a mentor – a teacher or administrator to help you. Overall, I had a great time in school. I don’t think I’d change anything.

What skill (professional or personal) are you trying to master?
I’ve been trying to learn how to play the guitar since middle school! And I even own two guitars.

What are your future plans?
I plan to work for DCSD until retirement. Then, perhaps I’ll travel, or even return to work as a bus driver. I like to drive.

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