Since Emily Griffith opened Emily Griffith Technical College (EGTC) in 1916 (then “Opportunity School”), the College has offered basic education and English classes for refugees and immigrants, as well as workforce training opportunities for all Colorado residents—regardless of age, race, creed, gender/gender identity, nationality, socioeconomic status, ability, or background.
Emily’s Coffee opened in 2011 as a language and work training program for immigrants and refugees attending classes at EGTC. The program was funded through Federal and State grants until early 2017, when the College lost its government grant funding for this valuable program.
EGTC has turned to local coffee roaster Dazbog and formed a partnership—the coffee shop will now re-open as Dazbog at the Emily Griffith Campus (1860 Lincoln Street), and will continue to offer career-training programs, including customer service and job skills for refugees and immigrants. Other program beneficiaries could include the College’s Accounting, Office Administration, Computer Networking, and other CTE programs by providing internships and on-the-job training opportunities.
As noted on Dazbog Coffee's website: “Dazbog Coffee is the realization of the American dream by two immigrants of the former Soviet Union, Anatoly and Leonid Yuffa. The Yuffa family fled Russia to embark on a new and better life of freedom, democracy, and opportunity.”
Denver, Colorado was the Yuffa family's home upon arrival to America, and in 1979, their mother became a student at Emily Griffith. Their American Dream has now come full circle.
Since its founding in 1996, Dazbog Coffee has grown to more than 25 locations throughout Colorado and Wyoming.
The newest location, Dazbog at the Emily Griffith Campus, opened November 27, 2017 as both a commercial coffee shop and a job-training center for EGTC students (after the first of the 2018 year), representing an ideal union between two organizations whose missions and visions both seek to honor the true American Dream.