Settle into your stance, take a few warm-up swings, and then launch the ball on its joyful arc to the green with today’s Groupon. This deal takes you out on the links for a private golf lesson at Jim McLean Golf School, located on the beautiful grounds of the legendary Doral Golf Resort & Spa. With this Groupon, $70 gets you a one-hour private lesson with one of Jim McLean's certified instructors in a perfect learning environment for both first-timers and experienced golfers.
There are plenty of ways to learn—reading a book, listening to an audio tape, or watching an instructional video, to name a few. Effective as those methods are for some, for others, they are too impersonal. That's where Face to Face Cooking Club comes in. Here, teachers lead enriching cooking classes, sharing with budding chefs the skills needed to cook the cuisine of many international cultures. The club also offers intensive Spanish programs that cover all four language-related skills—writing, speaking, reading, and listening—but focus especially on speaking, which enables students to communicate quickly instead of etching hieroglyphics into the wall.
Facebook is a platform for personal profiles, but at Doral Chamber of Commerce, the team views it as a platform for something else entirely: marketing potential. Dedicated to boosting area business’s profiles—especially via web tools—the center hosts a wide variety of educational programs. Their course on social media, for example, helps business owners keenly navigate Facebook, along with sites such as Twitter and YouTube. Other courses touch on topics such as book marketing and public speaking, an art that requires poise and pyro techniques.
The instructors at Ritmo House teach dance and musical performance of all kinds, but their true mission is unlocking hidden potential. They run afterschool programs for kids, combining structured homework time with lessons in everything from dance and choreography to musical instruments and acting. They also teach adult classes, helping their older students discover the passion of salsa, the history of Latin dance, or the best way to put on makeup to impress judges.
More than just a creative outlet, art teaches students how to solve problems, set goals, communicate, and challenge themselves. The art instructors at Priscilla & Tiffany’s Art Corp. incorporate these lessons into each activity, whether students are using charcoal to sketch a winter scene or constructing a collage representing the report card they'd like to receive. As kids and adults work at easels or across large tables, the spacious studios are filled with carefully designed lighting and soft classical music.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso—Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America—about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.