New animal care certificate program offered to people with disabilities

BROWARD COUNTY, Florida. – Arc Educates, a social enterprise of the non-profit organization Arc Broward, is currently recruiting students for its newly launched and accredited animal care certificate program.

The 15-week program, due to begin September 26, will train people with disabilities and those who face other employment barriers to provide care that promotes and maintains animal welfare.

Courses include the basics of animal care, animal first aid, and animal safety and behavior. The Animal Care Certificate Program has received provisional accreditation approval from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education and Training and is accredited by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education.

Julie Price, animal lover and COO of Arc Broward, came up with the idea to start the animal care program. She noticed a gap in educational opportunities in the field and the continued interest of the people the organization serves.

“This program will give our students the tools and hands-on training to potentially gain employment in a pet groomer, veterinary clinic, dog daycare, animal shelter, and other similar places,” he said. she declared.

The animal care program is coupled with an externship at the local non-profit animal shelter Abandoned Pet Rescue.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Arc Broward to support this important educational initiative,” said Kara Starzyk, shelter manager. “Abandoned Pet Rescue hopes that students enrolled in this hands-on training will develop technical skills for future employment opportunities and gain a deeper understanding and compassion for pets in need.”

Arc Educates operates three additional accredited programs in Culinary Arts, Materials Handling, and Social Services.

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Benjamin M. Yerger