Founded in 1933 on the azure shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, North Idaho College offers students of all ages the chance to earn degrees or certificates in professional-technical fields and general-education programs. Noncredit vocational courses offered by the Workforce Training and Community Education center prep students for real-world work in fields that include health care, real estate, commercial driving, firefighting, and spa work. Beyond career-boosting resources, the school offers enriching classes to help hobbyists master their leisure activities, whether they unwind by baking, painting, hiking, or attending community college. With an open-door enrollment policy and hugely diverse curriculum, NIC annually attracts about 6,700 students in credit classes and 6,000 in noncredit programs.
Whether they’re helping clients pick a new hairstyle or selecting Dermalogica products to quell a client’s skin issues, the staffers at Zenful Day Spa and Salon have a single goal: to make everyone who walks through their doors feel more confident. The staff consists of stylists and aestheticians who, beyond haircuts and skincare, specialize in brow and lash tinting, eyelash extensions, and hair extensions.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
For 19 years, Grizzly Ranch Productions’ technicians have specialized in video production. They’ve seen significant technological turnover during that time, with outdated formats like clunky videotapes whittled from wood giving way to sleek digital discs. Using their years of experience with video formats, they help clients make the switch to modern storage devices, preserving memories by transferring video footage onto DVDs and CDs. They can also create viewing discs of images from slides or photographs and design customized memory labels and covers for CDs and DVDs.
Nestled in the shadows of Spokane's towering pine trees, the open terrain of Pine Acres helps golfers groom their short games with a nine-hole, par 3 course, expansive driving range, and large practice green. With an average tee-to-green distance of 84 yards, Pine Acres' pins are eminently reachable for players of all stripes, making holes-in-one a feasible goal for aces or those playing with remote-control golf balls. Players can traverse the course in roughly one hour, freeing up time to cool off swings in the shade of one of the range's covered hitting stalls or dig for misplaced time capsules in Pine Acres' practice bunker.
Diane Maehl became a professional photographer in 1987, and, like a sword against the grind of a whetstone, her eye has only sharpened over the years. She specializes in portraiture, capturing family moments, senior graduations, and moments in childhood both in her studio and outdoors. She typically offers custom portrait sessions, though occasionally does limited edition themed sessions throughout the year.