I want to introduce Project Regina.
Project Regina in Minneapolis, MN is a non-profit, nine-month-long training program offering immigrants and refugees industrial sewing skills and training in employment-specific English. One of their programs teaches slipcover construction. Instructors are themselves alumnae of the program, which in 2003 graduated 15 students from an entering class of 22. Most students are female, and increasingly hail from East Africa. The project also helps graduates find employment in the industry.
I will be speaking with Terry Forkin, Program Manager, on Monday for information specific to Project Regina's slipcover program.
Karen, I'll see if they're interested in appearing in our esteemed publication. :)