Since 1977, Huntington Learning Center has employed a battalion of highly trained tutors to help students triumph over math misgivings and phonics fears. Young scholars ages 5–17 begin their gold-star-seeking journey with an academic evaluation lasting 3.5 to 4 hours to pinpoint their individual needs. After the exam, the center's staff will create a detailed analysis of each student's strengths, personal goals, and spitball-accuracy stats. In one-hour one-on-one sessions, tutors encourage pupils to work at their own pace while focusing on areas in which improvement is needed. Huntington often welcomes parents into its centers of cerebration for complimentary workshops on creating a learning environment free of distractions such as stress and constant gossip about the family dog.
When Zachary Diebels teaches the skills needed to be a performing artist, he's speaking from experience. The 17-year music-industry veteran has had major-label and independent recording contracts with Hollywood Records and Spunout Records, and has toured with acts such as Foo Fighters, Filter, Limp Bizkit, Beck, and Kid Rock. A music producer by trade, Zach establishes a custom curriculum for each student that helps students build technical skills and learn music theory at a realistic pace. Every 90 days, students assess where they are and where they're headed as they deepen their musical pursuits in a supportive environment. As students sharpen their fretwork or rhythm skills, Rock Inc. can connect them with performance opportunities through the school’s ensemble and band program. Zach also teaches the production side of music in a recording studio tricked out with all the bells and whistles: microphones, compressors, MIDI capabilities, and analog bells and whistles.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
What makes your business stand out?
We have classes for all ages and teach everything from recreational to high-performance fencing. We have also produced many national and international champions.
What inspired you to start this business?
Fencing is great for developing great motor and mental skills. It teaches kids to be responsible and respectful on and off the strip. Working with kids and making them Champions is why we run this business
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What?s your favorite part about your job?
Teaching new fencing and life skills every day.
A former model, Morgan Nichole knows the demands of striking pose after pose in front of the camera. That’s why she strives to keep her clients—from families to children—comfortable and energetic during each of her on-location shoots. Her patient, supportive approach is especially evident during her pregnancy-project sessions, where she meets once a month with expectant mothers to document their changing bodies. The project culminates with newborn photos, which, like Morgan’s other pictures, are distinguished by their simple camerawork and sun-soaked aesthetic.
Though the student aestheticians performing the salon and spa treatments at The Academy are still learning their craft, their work demonstrates a keen understanding of it. Under the watchful eyes of licensed professionals, students can showcase their new skills with subtle coloring treatments, wrinkle-erasing glycolic and retinol facials, and precise waxing and sugaring treatments. They also perform haircuts, and when their clients get their salon and spa fix here, the budding stylists don’t have to practice coif work by cutting their parents’ hedges or mashed potatoes—and clients can avoid the high cost of regular salons to boot.
Aspiring cosmetologists and estheticians get an education and hands-on training at Hoss Lee Academy?all under the under the supervision of licensed instructors. These instructors work to fill their students' spray bottles with industry knowledge so that they pass the California State Board Exam when their coursework is complete and their mannequins get approached by modeling agencies. Students hone their skills by completing services such as haircuts, color treatments, and facials, as well as manicures, waxing, and makeup applications.