Management and Strategy Institute's accredited online coursework helps professionals get ahead in their current jobs and embark on new career paths through hours of in-depth, guided study. A variety of courses exist to help job-seekers add attractive notches to their resume and to help current employees earn valuable promotions with newfound managerial know-how.
Workers in a diverse range of fields tackle course modules and ace online exams, earning certificates in HIPAA guidelines, PC hardware, IT, and project management. Students also earn qualifications in a variety of business and technology strategies, from Sarbanes-Oxley credentials to the Yellow Belt, Black Belt, and Gilded Epaulettes certification levels in Six Sigma.
The highly educated clinicians at The Peacemaker Center use their faith as true north when guiding clients to happier lives. Their counseling services cater to a wide array of issues, from those affecting the individual to ones eating away at families. And some zero in on more specific problems, such as eating disorders or drug and alcohol addictions.
Operation Warm works with manufacturers to obtain new, quality winter coats at the lowest cost possible, and distributes them to children from low-income backgrounds across the country. Its goals are both to keep children warm and foster self-esteem by providing a first-hand garment in a way that helps preserve their family's dignity. The coats are specifically kid-friendly too, with deep pockets, detachable hoods, an emphasis on durability, and a permanent label that says, "Made Especially for You!" Since its inception, Operation Warm has distributed more than 1.2 million such coats to children in 41 states. It has partnered with groups and organizations such as firefighters, Rotary clubs, universities, and corporations to connect with the children in the greatest need as well as volunteers to help distribute the coats.
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Bright eyes and toothless smiles are regularly flashed at Little Nest Portraits, where the photographers specialize in children's portraiture. Owner Laura Novak and her quirky, talented staff love to fish for spontaneity and smiles during in-studio and outdoor photo shoots. Like backwards magicians, their trick is preparation: they chat with families beforehand to run down the session, pick up personality traits, and dish out tips such as what to wear. After frames are snapped, their home-design specialists can augment the prints with accessories such as hand-painted frames, canvas wraps, and gallery mounts.
Moments are captured in the comfortable studio, which creates a natural aesthetic with charming textures and a blend of modern furniture and antiques. Not content with merely decorating walls and mantels, the studio also strives to make its community more beautiful, giving back to a number of charities and working with school fundraiser programs.
The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.