Harford Community College’s first completers of the College's new Dog Grooming program were presented with their completion certificates on Friday, August 23. Jeremy McCarter, Heather Hughes, and Tara Brown were the program's inaugural students who successfully completed the program's three courses. In addition to in-class instruction and hands-on practice with instructor Monica Taylor at Harford's Joppa Hall on campus, students also had the advantage of an externship in a local dog grooming salon where they had instructors to guide them and provide feedback through each grooming session. The students also opened the "Pet Genesis" grooming salon on campus to further practice their skills and serve the local community as they learned. The program can be completed in less than six months.

Professional dog grooming is a thriving industry with a bright future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is growing much faster than other fields, with a projected growth rate of 22%. Dog groomers can earn an hourly rate, freelance, or own or manage a pet salon. The next session of this program begins September 16 and runs through January 31. For program and registration information, or to inquire about having your dog groomed, please contact Monique Brunson at 443-412-2338 or Program details and requirements can be found at