The instructors at Sylvan Learning Center understand the limitations of a one-size-fits-all classroom; they tailor tutoring and enrichment curricula to each student to meet specific goals. By interviewing pupils and gathering input from teachers and parents, the center's army of energetic study buddies can position students for success in subjects such as reading, math, writing, or study skills. Along with overseeing test-prep for ACTs and SATs, instructors help kids keep school breaks productive with academic camps that focus on specific skills such as math problem-solving and pitching tiny tents out of protractors and loose-leaf paper.
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.
The Indianapolis 500 and the Kentucky Derby have more in common than the fact that they are both huge national sporting events: they've also been staffed by graduates of the Midwest Bartenders School. Open since 1993, the school teaches aspiring bartenders to pour more than 200 varieties of tasty cocktails. Students hone their skills behind an actual bar and can further their studies by enlisting in supplementary courses in beer and wine, bar management, and bar flair, wherein they learn such tricks as juggling bottles or barstools.
At Masters of Cosmetology College, apprentice aestheticians practice their newfound know-how by spiffing up customers with soothing spa services. First, the neophyte pamperers—who are supervised by state-licensed instructors—will deep-condition clients' hair and scalp with a moisturizing lotion, setting them under a steamer until their eyes turn red to show that they're done (a $15 value). A few scissor chop-chops will unleash a brand new 'do as the students test their tonsorial talent on visiting heads of hair (an $8 value). Then, they'll use an exfoliating ultrasonic brush to deal with dry skin during a Clarisonic facial (a $16 value) and back facial (a $14 value) before delivering a full-body massage (a $25 value). A skin-caressing makeup application (a $10 value) and a finger-tickling manicure (a $5 value) are like the icing on a cake made of daydreams about cake. While the seven services can be spread out over two days, lunch from a local restaurant is only provided once (a $10 value).
Though Vordeman Volkswagen's mechanics and technicians know how to care for cars of all kinds, their bread and butter is European and luxury cars. It’s not rare to find service bays occupied by Porsche 912s, BMW convertibles, and classics such as a 1977 Mercedes. Even the parking lot regularly fills up with VW Beetles for meetings of the Old Fort VW Club, and team members have been known to race their own Volkswagens in autocross competitions. Additionally, three team members are master certified by Volkswagen, a rare distinction earned after spending 65 eight-hour days learning the intricacies of maintenance.