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Opportunities to master the skills of professional garment care abound and seem to be
expanding.
Traditionally, novice drycleaners have attended courses sponsored by trade associations. The
grandaddy of them all is the school maintained by the
Drycleaning and Laundry Institute in
Laurel, MD, which dates back to 1927. This summer DLI graduated its 373rd class from the
school with students coming from all around the United States and several foreign countries.

The National Cleaners Association also offers classes at its New York headquarters and both
DLI and NCA along with state and local associations provide localized, in-field instruction.
Now a new program by the South Eastern Fabricare Association will bring instructors right to
the plant — no need to take time off and travel. SEFA’s latest program offers scholarships for
in-plant education, a program is designed to assist members in bringing educators into their
plant for personalized training.
This addition to the SEFA educational program provides scholarships for up to $300 a day or
$600 per event to help SEFA members defray the cost of in-plant training.  
The scholarships can be used to bring in any of the approved educators listed on the SEFA’s
website. The initial list of participating trainers includes:  Jane Zellers, Jim Groshans, Wash
Respess, Don Desrosiers, and James Peuster.  SEFA hopes to add to the list of participating
educators in the future.
“This is a great initiative,” said Rhonda Eysel, SEFA’s education chairperson. “We are really
excited about it. We recognize the challenges of sending people out for training, and also
understand the benefits of having someone come into your own plant and train on your own
equipment. This is really an incredible opportunity for all of us.”
SEFA has provided $10,000 to fund the program for its first year. After that, the board will
revaluate to determine its success and member benefit before committing to continuing the
scholarship program.
“It’s exciting to be part of this new program,” said Jane Zellers, “I am really looking forward
to working with SEFA members.  I think this is an outstanding opportunity and I think SEFA has
taken another tremendous step in their commitment to their members.”


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