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EPEC believes that the most influential way we can better the lives of struggling families is to train parents in a living-wage, family-friendly trade that leads to industry-recognized credentials. We teach our students the art of pet grooming because they can earn living-wage pay after only six months of training. Our program is intense, but also quick, allowing a family’s life to change drastically in under one year. Graduates earn state-certified credentials, which give them the legitimacy needed to confidently enter the workforce and build a career.
If our program only offered job training, though, we would fail. EPEC provides comprehensive wrap-around services in order to simplify our students’ efforts to stabilize their lives. We offer classes in parenting, financial literacy, and interpersonal skills to give each family a stable foundation from which to grow. We have built strong partnerships with other local organizations to provide our families necessities like safe housing and quality childcare. We aim to help the entire family intensively from the moment they’re accepted into our program and serve as a continued support-system as they work toward self-sufficiency. At EPEC, success is not merely getting families out of survival mode; it’s helping each family thrive so that successive generations are better off than the last.
56 Graduates since 2016
100% Job Placement
83% job retention rate
Over 50% of 2018 graduates are already off public assistance