The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Founded in 1933 on the azure shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, North Idaho College offers students of all ages the chance to earn degrees or certificates in professional-technical fields and general-education programs. Noncredit vocational courses offered by the Workforce Training and Community Education center prep students for real-world work in fields that include health care, real estate, commercial driving, firefighting, and spa work. Beyond career-boosting resources, the school offers enriching classes to help hobbyists master their leisure activities, whether they unwind by baking, painting, hiking, or attending community college. With an open-door enrollment policy and hugely diverse curriculum, NIC annually attracts about 6,700 students in credit classes and 6,000 in noncredit programs.
Whether they’re helping clients pick a new hairstyle or selecting Dermalogica products to quell a client’s skin issues, the staffers at Zenful Day Spa and Salon have a single goal: to make everyone who walks through their doors feel more confident. The staff consists of stylists and aestheticians who, beyond haircuts and skincare, specialize in brow and lash tinting, eyelash extensions, and hair extensions.
For 19 years, Grizzly Ranch Productions’ technicians have specialized in video production. They’ve seen significant technological turnover during that time, with outdated formats like clunky videotapes whittled from wood giving way to sleek digital discs. Using their years of experience with video formats, they help clients make the switch to modern storage devices, preserving memories by transferring video footage onto DVDs and CDs. They can also create viewing discs of images from slides or photographs and design customized memory labels and covers for CDs and DVDs.
Nestled in the long shadows of Spokane's towering pine trees, the lush, open terrain of Pine Acres grants Spokane's golf community verdant recreation. With an average tee-to-green distance of 84 yards, Pine Acres provides an ideal, low-pressure training ground for club-wielding cadets still calibrating their optimal swing-speeds. Dedicated duffers can traverse the nine-hole turf-loop in roughly an hour, leaving the rest of their afternoon open to reflect rigorously on their on-course performance or start secretly moving shag carpet into their own private, putting-green-themed speakeasy. Though the course's relative ease and the pro shop's generous club-rental fare ($0.50 per club, not covered by this Groupon) make this a perfect haunt for neophytes, the course is also suitable for masters of the white orb looking for a relaxing atmosphere to practice their short-irons, still seeking the hole-in-one that never was, or continuing their quest to find the Sand Trap Rake of Destiny.
Diane Maehl became a professional photographer in 1987, and, like a sword against the grind of a whetstone, her eye has only sharpened over the years. She specializes in portraiture, capturing family moments, senior graduations, and moments in childhood both in her studio and outdoors. She typically offers custom portrait sessions, though occasionally does limited edition themed sessions throughout the year.