This is part of a regular series featuring a student and an employer involved in the Kokomo Area Career Center’s School-to-Work program. Any employer or student interested in the School-to-Work program should call James Stradling, KACC Director, at 765-455-8021.
Student’s name: Alex Sheagley
Parent: Tonya Heath
High school: Kokomo High School senior
Career plans: Veterinary assistant
KACC instructor: Mike Miller, strategic marketing
Internship Placement: Rural King, 2047 W. Washington St., Kokomo. Supervisor Heather Stroud, store manager
Alex Sheagley’s thoughts: I chose to work at Rural King because of my love for animals. Sometimes people bring in their animals, and Rural King sells items for animal care as well as feed. Since my first day here at Rural King, I have worked either the cash register or have helped stock merchandise. Since Rural King sells all sorts of animal feed, I am learning more about animal care. This should help me in the future since I plan to attend college to become a veterinary assistant. My marketing class at the Kokomo Area Career Center has been helpful because it allows me to have a more flexible work schedule at Rural King.
Heather Stroud’s comments: Rural King is a family-owned farm store. Rural King currently has 68 stores, and the owners plan to have 1,000 open by 2016. I believe the Kokomo Area Career Center is beneficial for high school students because it provides them the chance to be trained as employees in the real world. Alex is the head cashier in the evenings so she takes care of merchandise returns and delegates responsibilities to the other cashiers. Although Alex is somewhat quiet, this position has allowed her to find her voice. In addition, since Alex hopes to find a job in the veterinary field, Rural King will help her learn more about farm supplies and animal feed.