The University of Michigan was founded in 1817, and moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837. At the time, Ann Arbor was just 13 years old, but had a booming population of some 2,000 residents. Fast forward to the present, and the University alone has more than 540,000 living alumni along with over 60 regional alumni clubs and 2,000 alumni events each year. They're spread across the globe and can be found in just about every profession, from famous actors and CEOs to astronauts, writers, and Nobel Prize winners.
But instead of gathering for an annual barbecue in James Earl Jones's backyard, U-M alumni stay connected through the Alumni Association. This independent, worldwide organization not only fosters lifelong relationships between Wolverines, but also provides career resources, learning opportunities, discounts, and other perks not available to the general public. The association is also responsible for the numerous alumni clubs sprinkled throughout the country, which get together regularly to raise funds for student scholarships and organize career-related events.
The classes Nataliya Pryzant teaches at her home studio may be friendly and casual, but the curriculum is born from an academic appreciation of the classics. Holding an M.F.A. she earned in Russia—the land of Brullov, Aivazovsky, and Tolstoy's finger-painting nephew, Sergei—Nataliya serves as the artist-in-residence of Rush In Academy, where she helps pupils hone their talents in drawing, painting, and calligraphy as well as pottery, sculpture, and jewelry. While adults can learn techniques in private lessons free from judging eyes, kids gather for group classes and summer camps, where Nataliya challenges them to create their own original works. She also helps high-school seniors applying to art school construct quality portfolios and make a good impression without having to bribe admissions offers by sending them flattering busts of themselves.
As one of Michigan's largest and oldest brokerage firms, Real Estate One shares nearly a century's worth of knowledge during its educational buffet of training courses. The firm's academy invites aspiring and established sales agents to sharpen their skills at classes held around the state, including a Michigan real estate licensing class for those hoping to sell property or additional locker space to gullible high school freshmen. Computer tutelage keeps students abreast of technological requisites, and continuing education programs help licensed agents meet state requirements. To ensure property apprentices graduate packed with knowledge, Real Estate One appoints experienced, respectful instructors to head each course.
Getting a good education can help students accomplish even more than beating a week's worth of Jeopardy! contestants from their living-room couch. Though that's a noble goal, the tutors at Great Lakes Educational Group want their students to achieve their career and life goals, and they believe the classroom is where many of those dreams take root. Whatever subject vexes a student—from multiplication tables to research writing to SAT and ACT prep—there's an instructor who can help. Additionally, tutoring groups never exceed three children, giving each participant ample attention and the chance to ask all their questions. For year-round learning, Great Lakes offers summer camps with themes such as rocket science, test-taking skills, and writing to ensure kids' minds stay fresh over the summer.
Signature Service: Recreational therapy assessment/sessions
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: We use a variety of activities: sensory, exercise, music, etc.