Animal Management class at Akron's Ellet High School gives student a lifetime skill

AKRON, Ohio - Room 121 in Akron's Ellet High School has gone to the animals. Any day when you walk into the class, you can find dogs, ferrets, rats, rabbits and snakes -- just to name a few.

It's the Animal Management Technology class, a two-year program offered to juniors and seniors that teaches things like dog grooming, vet assisting and running a pet shop.

One minute Arian Manning is grooming a dog, the next, she's pulling a snake from its cage. 

"I love this class. I would come in, in a really bad snow storm if that was the case, just to take care of the animals," said Manning. 

That is the kind of work ethic teachers Judy Blower and Ann Rose are looking for. Rose said about 90 percent of their students go on to college and half to two-thirds end up with a career in the business. Some use the skills to earn money to help pay for their college education.

Rose said the hands-on experience these students gain is something that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

 

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