The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Fluent City's campuses train tongues in the basics and nuances of up to 10 languages, depending on location, through interactive group classes. Experienced teachers introduce groups of students to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in a student's chosen language. Languages are divided based on students' incoming level of proficiency, and group courses run for a total of 20 hours. Although not included with the class, students can also meet with instructors in flexible private lessons tailored to each pupil's individual needs.
"Every garden begins with a seed, and every seed needs a dedicated gardener for optimal growth." This concept poetically sums up the idea behind Playing the Game of Life, a community center that brims with a bevy of preschool, after-school, and adult programs led by motivating teachers. Under their tutelage, younger students combat obstacles such as stress, bullying, and obesity while flourishing in an arts-based education. Through classes such as jewelry making, nutritional education, speech therapy, and ballet, participants learn to build social skills, increase their confidence, and communicate feelings more effectively than stealing someone else's journal and passing it off as their own. Playing the Game of Life also hosts cognitive-therapy classes to aid older pupils suffering from memory loss.
Instructors at Mind Fuel School lead courses of two-hour sessions that meet once a week to familiarize adult tongues with the grammar and vocabulary of another language. English classes train the ear to recognize important words and speech patterns, alleviating the pressure to memorize the dictionary. Native speakers teach courses in Spanish, crafting lessons based around grammar and street slang. French and Portuguese courses focus on basic language and culture, exploring pronunciation and accent formation so pupils can showcase their prowess to classmates. All courses illuminate practical applications of the languages in learners’ day-to-day lives, with uses such as talking to clients, asking for directions, and decoding cryptic troll riddles.
Education is a highly personalized experience, with children learning at different speeds as they grow. Sometimes, a child needs a little extra attention or help to master a concept, or simply to be successful at completing their homework. Sylvan Learning Center is a personalized tutoring center that creates customized learning programs to help students reach their fullest educational potential, offering settings conducive to one-on-one teaching. Each student is evaluated on their academic abilities, then set on a specialized tutoring program that strives to improve their performance. In addition to assisting school-aged children with building a strong academic foundation, the Center offers a variety of college prep classes and programs.