Concord Aviation, Inc.'s pilots and instructors serve South Florida with many of the airborne needs visitors can come up with in. First and foremost, they teach people how to fly planes and assist them in becoming licensed pilots for small aircrafts, such as the Piper Cherokee 180 and Piper Arrow. Not everybody who wants to get up in the air cares to do the flying themselves, though, so pilots are here to conduct air sightseeing tours above Miami, showing off the skyline at midday or oceanic sunsets in the afternoons.
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.
Safeguard International Group promotes responsible gun ownership by providing safety-oriented training courses within an indoor, air-conditioned setting. The co-founders?each a certified instructor with decades of experience as a law-enforcement professional?personally vetted the entire staff, which includes individuals with extensive military and police backgrounds. Training opportunities include courses that cover fundamental safety techniques, concealed-carry education, and real-world scenarios. In addition to overseeing live-fire practice, the instructors occasionally call upon Simunition technology, used by some military and law-enforcement agencies for realistic training exercises.
Marlon Hyde, Hy-Tech Training Center's founder and CEO, draws from more than two decades of private security-management experience in Jamaica and the United States and boasts a laundry list of training and certifications. At Hy-Tech Training Center, he imparts his wisdom to students across a wide range of fields, ultimately helping them become private investigators and security officials.
He and his certified private investigator instructors show pupils how to execute CPR and first aid, handcuffing technique, and using legal firearms, preparing them for safely and effectively carrying out their duties without cuing Keystone Cops music. During the private investigation course, students glean strategies in handling evidence and courtroom procedures, with an introduction to computer forensics. The week-long intensive rewards graduates with a class-CC certification, which is the first step in gaining a career in the private-security industry.
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.