There is no typical climb at Urban Ascent. With the help of a belaying partner to safeguard their ropes, visitors can scale up to 43 feet of weathered rockface on endurance climbs, or they can stick closer to the ground in the ropes-free bouldering area. Urban Ascent’s team challenges climbers by regularly revamping the 14,000-square-foot gym’s routes, rearranging footholds and installing pop-out boxing-glove gags to add an element of unpredictability to climbs. During private climbing lessons, instructors fine-tune veteran climbers’ techniques or teach newbies basic fundamentals. The staff also imparts climbing-safety basics to first-time belayers in 20-minute tutorials. Urban Ascent hosts summer camps, afterschool climbing activities for students, and corporate team-building workshops.
The at-home tutor service provides highly individualized, one-on-one instruction to a range of children from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. You'll get a total of four once-a-week sessions—two each week, one hour each— from a tutor with at least a four-year college degree. Tutors are matched with students based on personality, interests, and learning style, and can help young learners catch up in any of the core subjects, such as reading, math, science, and alchemy. Tutors can also help older students prepare for the SAT, ACT, or other standardized tests. Tutors will travel to Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and Nampa.
Founded with the goal of outfitting its pupils with the skills necessary to excel in the spa and salon industries, Milan Institute of Cosmetology deploys a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes professionalism and hands-on learning to train fledgling cosmetologists and aestheticians around the country. As the most important aspect of the course of study, student salons and spas serve as a real-world classroom wherein nascent beauticians—under the careful supervision of their instructors—can practice their newly minted skills on humans or sentient mannequins. The beauty apprentices gussy up patrons head to toe via sundry lavish salon and spa services—specific to each location—that may include nail services, haircare, facials therapeutic massages, or nourishing body wraps.
With a high-tech kid friendly lab full of solar-powered robots, digital media, and even a 3D printer, PCS Learning Centers are more than equipped to compete with such timeworn activities as video games. During 75-minute STEM classes, students in grades 4 through 12 get hands-on experience in some of the fastest growing industries, such as robotics, engineering, and programming, getting a chance to creative everything from their own computer programs and videogames to designing their own robots.
The focus shifts with each month so that students are introduced to a variety of activities, and there are no prerequisites: each session is designed to benefit first-timers as well as experienced attendees.
The skilled tailors at sewBoise perform double duty by leading sewing classes and performing on-site alterations. They guide beginners and more experienced pupils through a schedule of more than 60 classes, teaching the finer points of inserting zippers into garments or constructing jeans. Visitors can drop by for open sewing sessions to catch up on DIY projects or to have clothing tailored by tapering sleeves or removing patches that say “Kiss me, I’m lonely.”
From hand-painted murals and portraits to remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, the projects taken on by the experts at Vrba Interior Designs & Finishes are as various as the homes they augment. Not ones to keep their secrets to themselves, they share their expertise with clients during interior-design classes, where they serve hors d’oeuvres and discuss the fundamentals of choosing design styles, colors, and furnishings on a budget.