SAN DIEGO, CA — Rug expert Lisa Wagner and fine fabric expert Jim Pemberton have collaborated on a new training program to develop the next generation of textile specialists in those respective fields, according to a press release.
This program was quietly announced to the readers of Lisa''s Rug Chick blog, and 40 companies were chosen from more than 125 applying companies from across the U.S., Canada and U.K. vying for a spot in this first group of graduates, the release stated.
According to the release, the Textile Pro program is a three-phase training process that expands over six months incorporating on-line basic textile training, in-person advanced training, as well as strategic marketing, business development and technical support.
"We have a serious deficit in specialists in the fields of rug and fine fabric care because the current training model in our industry is broken. This is our way of fixing this problem through a multi-faceted training process," said Pemberton.
The next group of Textile Pro companies will be chosen as the first group finishes their curriculum in January 2012, the release noted.
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