West Coast Grooming Academy

Los Angeles




West Coast Grooming Academy is the largest state-approved vocational college for pet grooming in the nation, with 5 campuses located throughout Los Angeles. Since 2015, WCGA has graduated nearly 500 Certified Pet Groomers who have gone on to work in the field, volunteer at shelters or rescues, or even opened their own businesses! WCGA also partners with various organizations such as Homeboy Industries, the Department of Rehabilitation, and the Michelson Institute for Pet Professions to provide scholarships to students facing hardships, such as homelessness, domestic violence, former incarceration, disabilities, or financial struggles. WCGA also provides 50% off student grooming services to the community as an affordable grooming option, as well as free grooming to local animal shelters and rescues. WCGA donates thousands of dollars in free grooms every year to help animals in need to find their forever homes.

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About the Owners

Mr. Jackson began his career in dog grooming as a bather at 12, advancing to Salon Manager for Petco by 18, and becoming a regional Academy Instructor. He later joined PetSmart, where he earned top recognition as an Academy Instructor and Salon Manager. In 2013, Mr. Jackson started creating his own grooming curriculum, and by 2015, he founded the West Coast Grooming Academy (WCGA). The academy moved to a new facility in Arcadia, CA, in 2017, and rebranded to Fur Town in 2022. Jessica Johnson, an experienced animal behavior specialist and Certified Feline Master Groomer (CFMG), joined as Co-Owner in 2017. She holds several certifications and has appeared on various TV shows. Together, they continue to train the next generation of groomers at WCGA.

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