In bar classrooms outfitted with real equipment and experienced instructors, the students at Professional Bartenders School learn to mix, pour, and serve their way into the barkeeping industry. Courses ranging from six hours to two weeks instill pupils with the tenets of professional drinksmanship, such as free pouring, drink recipes, and customer service. Students fill glasses with spurts from soda guns, simulated liquor from real bottles, and garnishes carved from organic plastic lemons as they learn drink recipes and mixing techniques. Upon certification, newly minted bartenders receive lifetime job-placement help, with access to a database of hospitality employers.
Tutoring Club specializes in custom individualized tutoring sessions to enhance all levels of math, science, and language arts, college prep, and study skills for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The skill assessment diagnoses each student's challenges and assesses his or her current knowledge before charting a brave new path toward wisdom. Over the course of the tutoring sessions, instructors focus and build on students' existing strengths to shore up knowledge and intellectual resourcefulness, closing academic gaps faster than front doors on vacuum salesmen.
With a 12-to-1 student-teacher ratio and curriculum aligned with California's Gifted & Talented Education standards, Keystone Academy supercharges children's education. Instructors urge students to take a big-picture approach to their subjects as they learn critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. The school's hybrid K–8 program restructures the typical school week to let students engage with their community: students participate in four daily hours of accelerated classroom learning for the first four days of the week, followed by home study on Friday. But even students who don't attend Keystone Academy during the school year can benefit from its unique educational approach. Summer camps immerse kids in fascinating lessons on photography, baking, robotics, or smartphone-app programming. Afterschool enrichment classes buttress classroom learning with in-depth programs on science or foreign languages. And themed Super Saturday events invite kids from the community to spend a day experimenting with hands-on educational activities.
In the three decades since he left his job as the COO of a multimillion-dollar development company, Brian Tracy has delved into the study of success, honing his own experiences with insights from the masters of fields including economics, business, and psychology. Confident in his own research, Tracy now travels through countries across the globe, delivering seminars and leading workshops for more than one million people in 58 countries, including for companies such as Toyota, Bank of America, and Verizon Wireless. He’s also condensed his wisdom into a slate of at-home courses, with DVDs and Web videos serving as virtual coaches until technology allows for the creation of miniature Tracys who deliver lectures from shoulder perches. Available lessons help pupils best personal hurdles by optimizing their time management, jump-starting their personal development, or honing their leadership abilities.
At Bellus Academy, students offer discounted services to the public in an onsite salon and spa in order to hone their craft. The space features professional equipment that help students gain experience working with same equipment they will find when they enter a premier spa or salon, mirroring the upscale atmosphere of more costly salons or spas. Working under the close supervision of their instructors, the student-stylists pamper clients with anything from cut and color to deep-tissue massage and pomegranate-enzyme facials. The ever-expanding service menu also features several advanced skincare treatments as well, including microdermabrasion and peels.
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.