Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning?s numerous centers design personalized programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
Coral reefs seem to sway across the ocean floor, where purple starfish rest and large manta rays soar gracefully through the water overhead. When founder of RC Scuba Center Jeanne Whelchel set out on her first dive in 1975, this is the sort of vista she wished to see for herself. Today, with more than 8,000 dives in both cold and tropical waters under her belt, she opens oceanic exploration up to the masses. Her PADI-certified courses have certified more than 2,000 studnets and let the curious take their first breath underwater, the experienced work their way to master scuba diver, and the fugitive live the rest of their lives as fish. Aside from instruction, she and her staff of licensed instructors also organize dive charters, giving adept divers the opportunity to plunge the depths at nearby sites such as San Diego?s Wreck Alley or far-off locales such as the Red Sea.
"I am artistry"—that's the translation of Je M'appelle Artistry, as well as owner Shonny's philosophy. Shonny works as a photographer, designer, and instructor, often combining all three passions. Snapping photos with her Nikon D600, she captures intimate boudoir scenes, romantic wedding images, and fanciful kids' shots, focusing on portraits. She extends this love of portraits into group or private workshops, where students learn to incorporate natural light and elements into their pictures. Her photos have been published in the cloth-diapering book Changing Diapers; she also designs her own cloth-diaper and clothing patterns.
The Corona Symphony Conservatory was born out of necessity. A group of string musicians realized that local band programs—while great at showcasing brass, woodwinds, and whatever that thing is in the conductor's hand—didn't give attention to violins, violas, or cellos. So, these talented musicians-turned-instructors designed a complete music curriculum for players of all skill levels. Today, they emphasize classical music in small group classes, teaching proper technique and music theory. Corona Symphony Conservatory is also home to a large performance ensemble, who shares their passion with the community at large.
There's a good change most people have seen Romain Thievin drive a car really, really fast?though they probably haven't realized it. The award-winning stunt and race-car driver has worked on more than 150 films, including appearing as Matt Damon?s stunt double in The Bourne Identity. At Exotics Racing, he hopes to put the general public into the shoes of everyone's favorite leading man.
Thievin and his team designed Exotics Racing's 1.2-mile tracks themselves. A private stretch just outside of Las Vegas tests supercars with 7 turns before they accelerate down a 1,800-ft. straightaway. Their other creation waits in Fontana, California just 45 minutes east of L.A., boasting eight turns and 1,600 feet of straight track.
And those machines? More than 50 of the most powerful supercars on the planet, including models from Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari. Paddle shifters, along with Exotics Racing's attentive instructors, make the cars accessible to drivers with or without manual-transmission experience.
Gravity is the mortal enemy of technology. A phone slips from the fingers. A laptop gets knocked off a table. A tablet is tossed carelessly during a game of impromptu frisbee. In those seconds, everything freezes, until the telltale sound of cracking glass fills the room. Terrifying?at least for anyone who isn't an employee of iCrackRepair.com. The certified repair technicians deal with broken electronics on a daily basis, and they work on all types of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop computers.