Helmed by a team of local artists, Your Artistic Spirits holds informal visual-arts consortia in local venues such as Bier Brewery, Black Swan Brewpub, and Bodega. At each location, they welcome participants of all skill levels and disciplines to sip wine, beer, or spirits as they make art focused in a range of artistic styles, from neoclassical busts to avant-garde booms. Instructors guide attendees through step-by-step instruction to create original works in one chosen medium, such as acrylics, watercolors, sculpting clay, or papier-mâché. When not conducting public classes and private parties, artistic staffers lead team-building workshops and art-therapy programs for children and adults.
In 2011, single mother Ms. James juggled a job, college coursework, and an internship, which left scant funds to spare. But she didn't want her son to miss out on the extracurricular activities offered to his peers. That's why she founded Innovative Arts, Inc., where students from all walks of life can explore everything from Spanish to French to martial arts to science to cooking.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York, New Jersey, and elsewhere.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Both career-minded future professional pilots and amateur aviation hobbyists can get something out of attending Falcon Aviation Academy; the school?s training programs allow learners to get their feet wet over the course of hours or study intensively over the course of weeks. Lessons show learners how to fly in clear weather, maneuver an aircraft with multiple engines, meet the standards required of commercial pilots, or become flight instructors themselves.
When Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers opened in 1979, it consisted of a small team of agents crammed into a single location. Today, the company encompasses more than 1,800 sales associates spread across 25 offices. The extraordinary growth is thanks in no small part to the work of Kevin Levent. Crowned CEO in the mid '90s, he completely revamped BHGRE Metro Brokers’ image, starting in the office. Italian light fixtures, contemporary artwork and furniture, exposed rafters, and coffee bars transform drab spaces into loft-like oases. Kevin also moved Metro Brokers under the umbrella of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, making its many services more accessible without having sandwich-boarded employees go door-to-door interrupting dinner parties. Today, their agents tackle everything from handling residential and commercial real estate to scoping out the lowest insurance and mortgage rates for clients. They also take time to train a new fleet of agents at BHGRE’s real-estate academy, which prepares students to ace the Georgia state exam.
Owned and operated by accomplished golfers, Accelerized Golf at Heritage takes a high-tech approach to improving swings and scores. The instructors rely heavily on visuals, especially technology that makes finding flaws and analyzing the golf swing a much simpler process. One of those tools, called Hotlines, uses more than 20 virtual markers to track the different positions of a student's swing. Instead of sending the results to NASA for in-depth analysis, though, the equipment provides instant feedback so tweaks to swing mechanics can be integrated on the spot. Students reap the benefits of Accelerized Golf's accelerated process during single and group lessons, and can retain their improvements by practicing at the facility in between sessions.