Vanessa Richard joined Career Services as a Career Counselor/Liaison for the College of Criminal Justice in October 2013. She recently moved to Texas from Columbus, Georgia where she was a Rehabilitation Unit Manager with Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. Vanessa comes to Career Services with 21 years of work experience with the State of Georgia, with the last 10 years in Rehabilitation Services. During her career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, she provided vocational counseling and guidance to residents at the state’s correctional transition facility in preparation of their re-entry into society.
She received her Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Kentucky and became a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor in 2006. She also received both her Master of Science in Human Resources Management and Bachelor of Science in Management/Business Administration degrees from Troy University. In 2011, she became a Certified Anger Management Specialist; and in 2012 obtained a Certificate of Completion for New Supervisor Series Training from Southeast TACE Region IV.
Vanessa found joy in her previous work experience assisting high school seniors with transitioning from high school into post-secondary education/employment. She is extremely excited about the opportunity to continue her passion for working with students, now at the collegiate level. Vanessa’s efforts will focus on assisting the students in acknowledging their strengths in preparation of a career path that fits them holistically. She provides career counseling, interprets career assessments, resume critiques, and mock interviews. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and their new puppy, George.