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NCA sets 2013 education plans
The National Cleaners Association will be leaving no stone unturned in the coming year in its efforts to help drycleaners leave no garments stained and unclean.
Covering everything from stain removal to  pressing to proper certification, the association has planned a busy 12 months of offerings for those in the industry seeking top notch training.
In January, things will get rolling with a variety of classes, including one on “The Nuts and Bolts of Routing and Practical Principles” set for 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6 in Nanuet.
Also planned will be a session on “Basic Spotting 101” on Sunday, Jan. 13 in the Bronx and one on “Avoiding Claims: What You Need to Know About Fabrics and Stain Removal” on Sunday, Jan. 27 in Nanuet.
All three courses will start at 8:30 a.m. and each will cost $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
NCA will host additional installments of the “Basic Spotting 101” and “Avoiding Claims” courses later in the year on June 9 in the Bronx and Sept. 8 in Nanuet, respectively.
Also in January, NCA will present a pair of opportunities for New York cleaners who speak English and Korean to obtain or update their required Department of Environmental Conservation certification.
The session lasts for 16 hours over the course of days meeting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $795 for members and $1,295 for non-members.
Course dates throughout the year include: Jan. 13 and 20 (in Korean) in a location to be announced; Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 in Nanuet; April 7 and 14 in Nanuet; May 5 and 12 (in Korean) in a location to be announced; June 14 and 21 in Nanuet; Sept. 8 and 15 (in Korean) in a location to be announced; and Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 in Nanuet.
Also coming up is a webinar on “Understanding Good Cleaning and Drying for Alternative Solvents” set to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The cost for telephone and Web-based participation is $69.
In February, Liz Davies will teach a five hour class on “Shirt Finishing” in the Bronx. It will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. Tuition is $247 for members and $358 for non-members (for two people).
On the following day, NCA will start a five-day program on “Radical Drycleaning/Stain Removal” that will meet five straight days from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Northvale, NJ.
The cost is $750 for members and $995 for non-members. For those who can’t make the upcoming course, there will also be an installment starting on Aug. 5.
Rounding out the month will be a two-day “Basic Pressing and Finishing” course on Feb. 16 and 17 ($455 members, $595 non-members) and an “Intermediate Stain Removal and Bleaching” class on Feb. 24 ($250 members, $350 non-members), both in the Bronx.
The “Basic Pressing and Finishing” course will be repeated on Sept. 21 and 22 and the “Intermediate Stain Removal and Bleaching” course will be offered again in July, as well as three times in Korean: March 24, June 16 and Oct. 27.
Two single-day programs are set for March. First up will be a seven-hour look at “Technical Training at the Counter for Customer Service Reps” on March 3 in Nanuet. The Sunday program will begin at 8:30 and conclude at 4 p.m. and be repeated on Nov. 24
Later in the month, NCA will explore “Wetcleaning” from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 in the Bronx. The course will be offered again on Oct. 27.
In the following month, cleaners can learn about “Technical Training II: Interactive Training for CSRs” on Sunday, April 7 in Nanuet. Two weeks later, NCA will present “Advanced Stain Removal and Intensive Bleaching” in the Bronx. The course will also be offered in late August.
The cost to attend the March or April classes is $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
In addition to the classes in New York and New Jersey, NCA will also offer a pair of summer classes in Miami, FL. The first will cover “Pressing and Finishing” and will be held on Sunday, May 19. The second will emphasize “Extreme Stain Removal” on Sunday, July 14.
Both sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. and cost $250 for members and $350 for non-members.
Late in 2013, the association will be returning to the Meadowlands Expo Center to host its Texcare Trade Show and Exhibit. It will be on the weekend of Oct. 19 and 20.
For more information of any of NCA’s upcoming educational programs, contact the association by phone at (212) 967-3002 or visit them at their site online at