In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
E.nopi means "at a student's eye level"—and the Learning Center that takes its name from this principle sculpts its curriculum with that in mind. The director, Ritu Patel, has more than 10 years of experience tutoring math and reading. The tutors at this multidisciplinary learning center put the reins in their students' hands with their child-directed learning process that promotes independent and critical thinking skills, ensuring kids develop the skills they need at a pace they can handle, without getting bored enough to eat their homework and blame it on their dogs.
Enopi's reading and writing classes help younger students to recognize capital and lower-case letters while developing an awareness of grammar and spelling. Older students expand vocabularies and refine reading comprehension with colorful learning aids that prepare them for standardized testing. Enopi's math classes, meanwhile, stimulate critical-thinking skills with patterns, geometry, and props to develop spatial and cross-dimensional reasoning. Both the English program and the math program align with United States educational standards, allowing students to walk into any classroom in America and shout out the answer to any given rhetorical question.
Leo Passage came to the United States in 1958, traveling with his wife Lenie and pair of shears. Leo was a rising star in the European hairdressing world, and had already gained noticed for his cuts that were a little more creative than most. He drew inspiration from the Bahaus principles of art and design as a starting point for his hair styles. His creative approach to personal style won him 95 hair dressing competitions and the title of World Supreme Champion and Hairdresser of the Year at New York's famed International Beauty Show in 1961. A year later, Leo decided to pass on his knowledge to a new generation of hairdressers, and founded the first Pivot Point Academy on the north side of Chicago.
Now, more than 50 years after its founding, Pivot Point's schools still embrace Leo's creative vision. Instructors arm students with top notch hair cutting and aesthetic skills, as well as an impeccable eye of style. The schools invite clients to come experience just how talented their students are with services such as haircuts, manicures, and pedicures, the cure for a listless foot.
Red Lobster, Wicker Park’s Mirai Sushi, and Lincoln Park punk bar Delilah’s are three seemingly disparate venues. However, they have something in common—all three have hired graduates of American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois to mix their drinks and man their bars. The schools have been landing graduates at notable Chicago establishments for more than 60 years, but their connection with alums doesn’t end with their first gig. Graduates receive lifetime, personalized job-placement assistance and can call the school’s career hotline 24 hours a day to find out about job openings or trade meatloaf recipes.
The schools' focus on employment also shows in their bartending classes, which are modeled after on-the-job training and led by teachers with an average of more than 20 years of industry experience. Taught at bars complete with realistic faux liquor, the sessions cover topics from mixology to presentation and etiquette.
From hanging out with Patrick Swayze as a dancer for Universal Studio's 10th anniversary of Dirty Dancing, and dancing in a VH1 special for the 20-year anniversary of Grease to winning the United Country Western Dance Council World Championship's Jack & Jill competition three times—Brian Wong has accomplished a lot in his 20-year career. Throughout these experiences, though, it's his ability to turn dancing novices into confident dancers that has given him the most pride. In service of this passion, Brian founded Chicago Dance Factory, where he and a team of instructors lead dance classes at spacious locations scattered throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Brian's teaching philosophy emphasizes syncing students' bodies with the so-called "heartbeat" of the music before they attempt any patterns or steps. Using this unique rhythm-based philosophy, Chicago Dance Factory's instructors teach students various dancing styles—ranging from pop-infused West Coast swing to elegant ballroom—that can be unleashed during a night out, at weddings, or in dance-infused gang fights.
Every two years, the United States and Europe deploy an army of their 12 best professional golfers to do battle in a team match-play format at a venue that alternates between the two sides of the Atlantic. For the 2012 Ryder Cup event, Team USA captain Davis Love III and Team Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal will lead their teams into an intercontinental duel on the links at Medinah Country Club in Illinois. Perennial stalwarts Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, as well as 2012 Masters Champion Bubba Watson, will headline the United States team as they try to avenge a 2010 loss to the Europeans at Celtic Manor Resort. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, current world number one, leads a European team attempting to build upon a recent streak that has seen them win four out of the last five Ryder Cup events and successfully complete five out of their last six human pyramids.