‘School to Career’ guides students in career paths

Megan Jones, a former Richmond High School School to Career placement at Town & Country Animal Clinic, is about to begin Maple Wood’s Certified Veterinary Assistant’s program. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Megan Jones, a 2008 Richmond High School graduate who lives near Rayville, should be the poster child for a program called “School to Career.”

Although Jones had found her own job waitressing at a Liberty steak house, the school placed her a little closer to home at Town & Country Animal Clinic in Richmond. Four years later, she’s still there and about to start classes in the selective veterinary technician program at Maple Woods Community College.

“When I started working here, I was still planning on getting an associate’s degree and then a master’s in business administration,” she said, “and then I decided I didn’t want to do that any more and that I’d rather work with animals.”

Like anyone who starts at the vet clinic, Jones began as a kennel assistant – basically cleaning cages – two days a week. “And very quickly it went up to full-time,” she said.

She graduated from the least skilled work to assisting at the front desk, in exam rooms and in surgery.

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