There are many ways to spend 20 hours in front of a computer, but few could potentially set one on a new career path. Express Bartender's 12-part course digitally prepares its students to cross behind the bar and pour 125 popular cocktails. The course, which includes lessons on garnishes, liquor history, and pouring techniques, can be taken at the student's own pace. Upon completion of the course, newly minted mixologists are entitled to aid with job leads, resumé reviews, and a printable origami mortarboard.
For many, the intimidation of learning web design lies in unfamiliarity with coding and hyper-technical language. Through Express Website Course, instructor Michael has alleviated those concerns, speaking in plain English to students as he shows them how to develop and maintain websites using WordPress. His instruction consists of a series of videos, which students can rewatch if needed; the videos are all available upon registration, and clients can go through them at their own pace.
To say that Laura Milham knows how to make a drink would be a vast understatement. The CEO of The Southern California Bartending School has been bartending for more than a decade, whipping up cocktails at bustling bars, private parties, and fine-dining establishments. She was even flown to Las Vegas to bartend at a club along the Strip. Now, the beverage expert heads up a staff of professionals who teach hands-on classes that focus on popular drink recipes, bar etiquette, and customer service. As students practice their skills behind a real bar with real bottles of fake liquor, they gain confidence in pouring, mixing, and interacting with patrons.
Hair California Beauty Academy teaches students everything from basic techniques to the latest trends in the beauty industry. The school?s intensive programs focus on a different aspect of beauty, including hairstyling, cosmetology, manicures, massage therapy, and skincare. Students gain hands-on experience at the spa supervised by a licensed instructor, where they dispense their skills to the public with such services as eyelash applications, chemical peels, perms, manicures, and impromptu rounds of Patty Cake.
Leading three main programs, instructors at 2nd Wind Traffic School tackle everything drivers need to know before they get behind the wheel. A 30-hour driver-education curriculum includes classroom and hands-on portions. Traffic school, meanwhile, helps those with traffic citations overcome potential legal and insurance obstacles and covers proper fist-shaking technique for moments of rush-hour frustration. Through the continuing-education program, instructors sharpen the skills of driving instructors and professional vehicle operators.
The instructors at California Survival School impart decades of wilderness-survival know-how during outdoor, hands-on courses. Participants prepare themselves to live self sufficiently off the land using both modern and primitive techniques, which can come in handy when lost in the woods or the year 1412. During the Core Survival Skills Adventure Clinic, up to 30 students spend five hours learning to create fire using only sticks, build shelters with natural materials, purify water, and feed themselves off the land. The Ancient Artisans Workshop teaches novices how to fashion crude implements from scratch with materials found in nature, and how to use them while out in the wilderness. California Survival School also offers team-building workshops and private events.