Maestro Arkady Burdan began his fencing career in Europe. There, he earned prestigious distinctions, including the USSR Master of Sports and Honored Coach of the Ukrainian Republic, after coaching the winners of more than 40 gold medals in international competition. After opening Nellya Fencing in 1990, Burdan has trained his students—as well as U.S. Olympians at the Beijing and Athens games—in the traditional discipline of the Russian saber. The maestro was recently named Elite Coach of the Year and inducted into the US Fencing Hall of Fame for his ability to spear all five Olympic rings with a single thrust.
Every fencer at Nellya begins their training with extensive footwork and bladework, sharpening discipline and focus while learning the rigorous technique of the Russian saber. As they gain strength and point control, they will also learn to deflect attacks and plot strategies that will help them compete in national and intergalactic arenas. In the past, students have gone on to become collegiate fencers, and five have represented both their school and country in the Olympics, including three-time medalist Sada Jacobson.
For more than 30 years, ABC Bartending School's instructors have trained aspiring 'tenders with hands-on lessons in real bar environments. Students learn how to blend classic and newfangled drinks, gaining the tools to tend bar professionally in as few as two weeks. Course offerings include Bartending 101, Bar Management, and Advanced Flair Bartending, in which students learn how to style a patron's hair when he's not looking.
The faculty members place paramount importance on helping their students to find jobs after certification. With institutions across more than 30 states, ABC Bartending School has formed a coast-to-coast professional network to help to locate positions for its graduates in any region of the country.
Pre-owned luxury vehicles such as Jaguar, Lexus, Cadillac, and BMW flaunt their gleaming finishes and ready-to-roll parts inside Atlanta Luxury Motors' showrooms. Being as most of these cars arrive straight from manufacturers' leasing departments, they're typically in peak shape and untainted by irresponsible drivers, high mileage, and phlegmy mufflers. Atlanta Luxury Motors also staffs knowledgeable technicians in their service departments, where cars can seek refuge from the road and fill up on clean motor oil and obtain numerous repair and maintenance services.
Healthcareer Group's name says it all: the company sets clients on the path toward careers in healthcare. Its teachers do so by preparing students for national certifications in CPR, first aid, and medical administration through live, in-person workshops; they also train those who aspire to become pharmacy or lab technicians. Healthcareer Group is an affiliate of the National Medical Licensing Association and the National Healthcareer Association, and all of its certified instructors are experts in their respective fields.
Learning to cook, waitress, bartend, and barback may seem like overpreparing for the food industry, but Restaurant & Bar Industry Training’s experts know that restaurant managers need all of these skills and more. The team teaches future managers the fundamentals of each role they aspire to supervise, as well as skills such as code enforcement and inventory management. Alternatively, the school’s 40-hour classes can focus on front-of-house roles, such as bartending and waitressing, or behind-the-scenes skills, such as cooking or assembling the restaurant’s booths every morning. Regardless of its area of focus, each course culminates in a final exam; students that score 80% or higher receive certification in their area of study.
Totally Automotive, an independently run shop, offers an all-encompassing variety of vehicle repair and maintenance services, including oil changes, diagnostics, and air conditioner repair. Owner and ASE Master Rashawn Woodgett leads a team of ASE-certified technicians that undergo training throughout the year, ensuring they're up-to-date on the auto industry and offer only the latest techniques in automotive care. It isn't all about the cars, though. Rashawn, along with partner and service consultant Jewel Meetens, put their customers first and foremost. "The most important aspect of our business is our customers," says Rashawn, "they are our greatest asset."