Isothermal Community College

Polk Center

Groom Elite and Equine Sciences Continuing Education Classes

CAREER TRACK: EQUINE SCIENCES

Start your career off on the right hoof, so to speak!

GROOM ELITE SERIES

Groom Elite 99, Introduction to Horse Care and Handling

This course provides an overview of the basic information a new worker or horse owner needs to start handling horses. Classes will cover the basics of equine behavior, terminology, major equine anatomy and physiology, safe horse handling, introduction to equipment, observation of horses for signs of injury and illness, grooming, bathing and more.

Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays Sept. 12th - 17th
Time: 1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  12 hours
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Groom Elite 101

This flagship 40 hour course focuses on important horse care skills including: equine behavior, grooming basics, equine anatomy and physiology, nutrition and feeding guidelines, horse health evaluation, bandage and wrap application, safety, barn management and much more.

The 101 and 201 courses are geared to aspiring horse care workers and horse owners with some experience who desire to have a deeper, more comprehensive knowledge of the horse and working with horses.

Originally designed for the racing industry, this nationally recognized groom certification curriculum has been modified for Isothermal Community College to address the needs of the show horse industry. Both the Groom Elite 101 and 210 offer the student an opportunity to test for knowledge and competency, to earn a certificate.

Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays Sept. 26 - October 26
Time: 1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  40 hours
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

Groom Elite 201

This certification course is advanced, the prerequisite is successful completion of the Groom Elite 101 course.

Date: Tuesdays/Thursdays TBA
Time: 1:00p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  40 hours
Course Fee: $125.00
Location: Polk Center, Isothermal Community College, Columbus, NC.

NOTE: all of the above classes are taught 50% in classroom, 50% in a local barn(s).

Limited financial assitance may be available to qualified applicants.

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    For more information on these
    classes contact:

    Kate Barkschat Director,
    Polk Center
    (828)-395-1163
    kbarkschat@isothermal.edu

  

    REGISTER for classes:
    Stop by the
    Polk Center
    1255 West Mills St.
    Columbus, NC  28722
    during busnesss hours,
    or call us:

    (828) 894-3092

OUR FACULTY

  • Anita Williamson
  • Dr. Helmuth Von Bluecher
  • Tescha Von Bluecher
  • Dr. Thann Boyum
  • Ann Troppman
  • Nikki Guerrazzi
  • Lilia White

UPCOMING COURSES

  • Vet Assistant (Large Animal)
  • Equine Massage Therapy
  • Barn Management
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Photography and Videography
  • Braiding for Competition

For more information on this class contact:

Kim Alexander
Dean of Business Sciences
828-395-1759
kalexander@isothermal.edu