Matt Dunlop spent 16 years in marketing and sales, founded four companies across North America, and earned extensive certifications in digital marketing and corporate training. Then he turned his attention to the professionals around him. He founded Trained By Pros to transform their doubts and fears into tools for their own success. Engaging, interactive training programs take the form of informal lunch-and-learns, online webinars, and sales-strategy sessions, led by marketers, educators, and executives. Each customized training program and seminar helps businesses and their associates tackle specific workplace roadblocks, teaching them to master conflict resolution processes, overcome fears of public speaking, and tie a perfect half-Windsor knot. Thanks to Trained By Pros’ and their use of an Adult Accelerated Learning strategy, which integrates unique approaches and specific techniques for learning, seminars boast an 85 percent retention rate and are effective across a wide range of disciplines.
For more than 30 years, the Canadian College of Health Science & Technology has helped its students forge new career paths into the fields of health care and information technology. Every instructor is currently employed in his or her area of expertise, allowing students to glean real-world insights that are unattainable from textbooks who have never even treated a patient. Each program also incorporates hands-on experience; the Registered Massage Therapy program, for example, lets students knead the muscles of real clients, and the Physiotherapy Assistant program includes a 200-hour clinical placement. Some of the college's other standout programs include an accelerated PC-repair-technician course and an accounting and payroll administrator program.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the Ontario-certified teachers of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centres design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the Ontario-certified teacher works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, and math. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. After-school 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 and exemplary test scores.
Teach N Toys aims to bridge the gap between education and playtime with toys and books that exercise early childhood to middle school minds. Toddlers aged 1 and older drop colourful cylinders, stars, and cubes into the Hide n Seek Shape Sorter ($26.99), which can help develop motor skills and explain why parents keep getting stuck in doggy doors. Older knowledge seekers hone their algebra and geometry prowess with _ The Middle School Mathematician_ ($21.99) and use a Twister Tube Connector ($2.39) to summon tornados inside of a bottle. The Jeopardy! game ($17.99) brings kids and adults together to test their ability to answer an answer with a question. Teachers can flip through the pages of Best of Dr. Jean Puppets & Storytime ($10.99) to learn how to craft interactive stories.
Preservation Detroit, founded in 1975, is Detroit's oldest group dedicated to historic preservation. Over the past three decades, the architectural preservation organization has become a leading advocate for the protection and rehabilitation of Detroit's historic abodes, skyscrapers, and culturally rich sites. They have used a variety of educational and research programs, along with advocacy and awareness campaigns to help grow support for the conservation Detroit's built heritage. Part of this mission includes encouraging the redevelopment of neighborhoods throughout the city around these historic structures, providing an anchor for residential areas and helping increase economic investment.
An all-volunteer organization, Preservation Detroit's staff continues to nurture their community's passion for historical treasures through lectures, seasonal newsletters, and tours. The organization continues to live up to its name; it recently helped conduct a historic preservation resource survey that recorded property-by-property information in six historic Detroit districts.
Chive Talkin combines fashion and spices into a new space designed to propagate the nutritional and medicinal values of spices. Locally printed shirts tout phrases such as "spread the herb" and "kiss my anise." Meanwhile, spice crates offer spices such as "Pinch My Paprika" and "Cumin Get Some!" All spices arrive with nutritional information, and customers can also browse an online apothecary to seek out spice information and usage notes.