Medical Career Specialists’ team of instructors has one mission: to prepare students for medical-certification tests and future careers, all in one week or less. The nine different medical programs, which begin every week on Saturday, train students in a variety of professions, from EKG technician to medical-lab assistant. Within five days, students can learn about the complexities and procedures required of a surgical technician, or train to become a certified pharmacy technician. Additionally, the center also provides CPR and first-aid classes.
In 2007, Pace Beattie had an inkling that his life was about to change. He had discovered hot yoga—a discipline that integrates meditation with rigorous exercise—and resolved to pursue it as his vocation. He saw this as a long-term vision; something he would do after retiring from finance and moving back to his hometown of Greenville.
Then, everything changed: In the eight weeks that bridged 2008 and 2009, he lost his job and his mother passed away. In the aftermath, he scrutinized his life and realized: The time is now. Pace enrolled in workshops and conferences, completing levels I and II of the Baron Baptiste teacher-training program. He moved to Greenville, recruited a team of highly specialized teachers, and opened Southern Om.
Today, having boldly charted his own path, Pace equips others to do the same. He fosters self-discovery through two styles of hot yoga: Southern 26 and Southern Flow, a form of power yoga in which students sweat out sweet tea. These classes serve beginners and experienced practitioners alike, incorporating modifications that support alignment.
Capstone Tutor's employees are truly a hand-selected group. Before tutors are sent out on the job, they must pass a rigorous qualification process, from degree confirmation and background checks to personal- and professional-reference interviews. And that’s just the base testing. After achieving the Capstone seal of approval, tutors are then paired with a student whose academic needs match their expertise, unlike other tutoring companies that pair students and tutors based on their hair color. Through this intense process Capstone is able to ensure that students receive instruction from a professional with a proven track record.
People of the Beat, a global community of dancers, organizes unique, oversized nights for dancers so that they can groove to playlists of dance and hip hop, Latin and African, rock and country tunes—in sweatpants or ball gowns. The all-ages party’s dress code is simply “whatever is most comfortable to dance in.” This utilitarian vibe attracts novice dancers, fitness groups, and professional ballerinas alike to the party, which combines stage performances with an always-dancing crowd. Each party is held in a spacious arena where dancers can spread out and dance with the sky as the limit to their exuberance.
First Class, Inc., is dedicated to short-term educational programs and has been serving up classes to D.C.-area adults for almost 30 years. Directed by Debra Leopold, the center provides a wide variety of classes in a wide variety of categories, so accountants can get in touch with their artistic side and artists can learn to balance their dwindling checkbooks. Each class is two hours along, unless otherwise stated. Learn to make soap, bath salts, and more ($39) for a cost-effective beauty regimen, or take Intro to Professional Voice-Overs ($45) and finally realize a dream of adding narration to Computer Beach Party. Online classes ($129 each) let potential pilgrims progress toward goals from the comfort of home, covering a range of topics from the ins and outs of grant writing to conversational French.