Just months after launching new franchise offerings and opening three locations, Woofie’s has opened a new training center at its corporate offices in Ashburn.
TheWoofie’s Academy is a first-of-its-kind, professional grooming school that combines more than 15 years of experience in the pet care services industry with the knowledge and expertise of the Paragon School of Grooming.
“The Paragon name is well recognized in our industry,” stated co-founder and co-owner Amy Reed. “The Paragon curriculum is rooted in the vast experience and teachings of industry icon Melissa Verplank, a certified master groomer and the founder of Pet Entrepreneur. Paragon has been training pet techs and pet stylists for decades. Their team includes members of Groom Team USA and other AKC-certified, award-winning grooming experts so we are beyond thrilled to partner with them.”
The goal of the academy is to recruit external candidates as well as pet care professionals from within the Woofie’s franchise system to complete the advanced, multi-tiered certification program. Students will receive tuition-paid, practical, hands-on learning in the highest standards of grooming, pet safety, and career professionalism. The center also will have a strong focus on training students to work within a mobile environment, an industry trend that has risen in demand because of the level of convenience and personalized service it provides. Trainees also will work closely with rescue and shelter groups to hone the skills needed to complete the course.
“This is a dream that has finally come true,” Reed said. “Proper training is vital to any trade, and to be able to give our groomers the skills to succeed will only heighten our level of service for our communities we serve.”
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