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Dog Grooming School Helps People With Barriers to Employment | Canine Grooming Academy

If pet grooming sounds like a career that interests you, why not start your journey to success with Canine Grooming Academy?

A beauty school for dog grooming, Canine Grooming Academy operates with a mission to help people with barriers to employment.

According to Rebecca Katz, co-founder of the dog grooming school,

“We believe in a world where all dogs get the care they deserve, regardless of their owner’s finances. But it’s not just dogs we want to help. We know there are thousands of people trapped in the cycle of poverty and unable to access the American dream. So, at Canine Grooming Academy, we’re excited to solve both of these problems and more.”

canine grooming academy co-founders bernie machado and rebecca katz

Building Up Canine Grooming Academy

Established by seasoned animal welfare leaders, Canine Grooming Academy offers a job training program for individuals who face barriers to employment in the pet grooming industry.

Initially, they wanted to focus only on helping domestic violence survivors, 80% of whom are living on the streets.

However, Rebecca and her co-founder, Bernie Machado, have also started to include in the people they’re trying to help, those who have been formerly incarcerated and who face significant challenges in securing meaningful and significant wages due to a lack of resources.

“We also want to provide discounted grooming for low-income pet owners or pet guardiansimproving the care for animalsand opening up dog ownership to many more families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford grooming. We’re hoping to help a lot of people and animals. That’s really our goal.”

Canine Grooming Academy on the Benefits of a Grooming Training Program

As for why they concentrated on offering dog grooming training, Rebecca said that the career provides a meaningful income coupled with the benefits of a flexible schedule.

It’s also a great starting point for both women, who share a passion for helping others using their extensive, combined knowledge in animal welfare.

“There’s a need everywhere for well-paying jobs. We live in a country of haves and have nots, and we want to give people more access to have’s. So, that’s it in a nutshell,”

Rebecca said.

As for Bernie herself, one other reason is that grooming provides everyone with a fantastic opportunity to give back. This, for her, is especially true when one considers the fact that it’s a 100-billion-dollar industry with many job opportunities.

the benefits of a dog grooming training program for canine grooming academy

“We want to create a generation of groomers in an industry that’s got a dearth of skilled labor. There are thousands of job openings and owners who are going out of business regularly because they can’t find talented and skilled labor. So, we want to help out the industry as well.”

Between the two co-founders, it might not be a stretch to say that their chances of successfully running Northern California’s first and only vocational training program are high. After all, Bernie’s a successful salon grooming owner, while Rebecca is a former director at two municipal shelters.

“As groomers, we bridge the gap between the client and the veterinarian. And we can help the owners have a healthier, longer life for the dog just by our basic education. So, (Canine Grooming Academy offers) a hands-on program… But most importantly, we teach them all the basics before they even understand all the chemicals that are involved in shampoos and conditioners and the equipment that goes alongside of the education.”

 

 

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Rebecca: I’m Rebecca Katz, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals.

Rebecca: We are the Canine Grooming Academy. We believe in a world where all dogs get the care they deserve, regardless of their owner’s finances.

But it’s not just dogs we want to help. We know there are thousands of people trapped in the cycle of poverty and unable to access the American dream.

So, at Canine Grooming Academy, we’re excited to solve both of these problems and more. So basically, we want to operate a beauty school for dog grooming. It’ll be modeled after a beauty school.

There are no grooming academies anywhere in Northern California, so, CGA will be Northern California’s first grooming academy. First and only— a vocational training program designed to create well-paid jobs for people facing barriers to employment.

Initially, we want to focus on domestic violence survivors. 80% of women and children living on the streets have experienced domestic violence. Maybe people who are formerly incarcerated who face significant challenges in securing meaningful and significant wages due to a lack of resources.

70% of recidivism is attributed to people looking for ways to make it financially.

So, while we’re doing that, we also want to provide discounted grooming for low-income pet owners or pet guardians, improving the care for animals and opening up dog ownership to many more families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford grooming.

Bernie: Rebecca and I have known each other for quite some time. We met in which I have a small grooming salon, co-located inside the shelter itself, and we both share a passion for animals and—not only animals but helping people,  creating opportunities for them.

And we also believe that grooming should not be a luxury. It’s a necessary part of owning any animal. And we’d like to share our passion of being able to educate people in a vocational manner and giving them the opportunity to keep their pets as long as they can have low or discounted prices in grooming.

And most importantly, from my point of view of what I do best is—I would love to share my love of grooming with the next generation. In the next five years, we’re going to need a minimum of 65,000 new groomers.

And unfortunately, there are very few schools, particularly in California. They’re primarily located in Southern California, and we can provide those services by offering low-income clients the ability to get their dogs groomed more often, working with shelters—

Rebecca: And just to share a couple of things,  I’ve learned in this process through Bernie—As she said, grooming is not a luxury. It’s really important, and groomers tend to be the number one or the primary liaison between pet owners and veterinarians.

Whatever it is, it’s an industry that allows people a little more flexibility. People aren’t used to working— or aren’t able to work a 9 to 5 job.

Chris: So, Bernie, help me unpack this. How is this going to work. You ladies are standing up an Academy, right?

So, people can register and take courses and become certified? Help me understand.

Bernie: Well, we’re going to give the students the opportunity to work hands-on, and we’ll teach them the basics of being able to learn how to—become a groomer’s assistant.

Then our next stage will teach them how to do the haircutting, more detailed, explicit type of detail to the ultimate grooming.

Chris: So, Rebecca, now you talked about working with shelters and stuff. So, you ladies are focused on getting a new batch of groomers and providing those opportunities—and help me understand the crossover.

Where do you see it with the rescues and the shelters?

Rebecca: It made the animals more adoptable, to be clean—to smell clean, to look clean, to be groomed. It got them out of the shelter faster and into homes.

So, all of that helps the shelter system. Again, people not having to surrender because they can’t provide adequate care.

All of those things help to take the burden off the system and also to help low-income adopters or open up animal adoption to a lot more.

So, we’re really excited about these partnerships, because it will help everybody involved. For this grooming assistant certificate, it’s going to be a very short window. We plan to graduate students within— about 14 weeks and within 10, they can be interning or apprenticing in a grooming salon, earning at least minimum wage.

Bernie: The foundation doesn’t start with hands on. It really does start with the ability to understand the anatomy and physiology of the dog itself and the relationship that humans have with dogs.

And that is the foundation that will catapult the students to be able to be more empathetic, more kind, more able to see the client’s point of view, and understand the dog that they’re working on.

So, it is a hands on program, of course. But most importantly is, we have to teach them all the basics before they even understand all the chemicals that are involved in shampoos and conditioners and the equipment that goes alongside of the education.

Chris: Nice.

So, Rebecca is the plan then to—to franchise the academies across the country? What’s the plan to get out of just Northern California?

Rebecca: We have a donor from Colorado and said, “When you guys get off the ground, please come start this here.”

“We need it here, too.”

More people through their system and more training, because we don’t have any desire to own this. We just have a desire to help. So, anywhere that we can help, we will. Whether it will be us or through partners.

We’d love to see this throughout the country.

Chris: Yeah, and that’s what’s so cool is to see where this is going to go. You guys are at the beginning— kind of— of the journey, and it sounds like you’ve got really big plans for the future.

So, Bernie, what do you think this will look like in 5 years?

Bernie: The bomb! It’s going to be incredible.

I just think that we’re capable of gathering steam, and people like you to help us put the word out there, and every person that we speak to about it wants to help us in some way. 

Rebecca: It shouldn’t be hard to replicate. Getting this started is the hardest part, but I think once we get going, it’s going to take on a life of its own. 

Bernie: It’s an industry that really is in dire need of experienced people that have some skill knowledge. They will be able to walk into any grooming shop. And people will say: Okay, you have a solid foundation.

I’ll carry you the rest of the way, or you go back and you get more education through us.

Chris: Really cool to hear where you ladies are going. And at the start of your journey, I’m excited to see where this is going to go.

Rebecca, let me start with you. Is there anything else you want to talk about before we wrap things up today?

Rebecca: I guess we’re a little bit soft-heart, but we want to help people and animals, and we see this as a real opportunity to do so.

Bernie: If anyone wants to join our journey and help us out and spread the word, but most importantly, we look forward to coming to your area.

Chris: I love it, I love the optimism.

Rebecca, tell them how they can get a hold of you, ladies. Where can they find more information?

Rebecca: So, I’m [email protected]

Bernadette is [email protected]

Our website is CGACADEMY.ORG

We’re looking for some assistance as well.

Chris: Thank you for what you’re doing. Thank you for coming on the show.

I’ll just remind our viewers and listeners as we wrap things up. If you’ve got an amazing idea for changing the world like Rebecca and Bernie do, and it’s helping people and helping animals, we’d love to talk about it, so just go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and let’s us know. We’ll get you on the show.

So, Rebecca, Bernie, thank you so much for coming on today. It was great to talk to you.

Rebecca & Bernie: Thank you, Chris. Thank you.

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