Lambert Epperly, founder and owner of National Bartenders School, oversees the progress of each of his school's students, and provides individual advice and adjustments from their first class through graduation. His bartending gurus pass on their knowledge and techniques in a custom-designed cocktail-lounge classroom, engaging students in hands-on training behind a 40-foot-long, fully stocked bar. These experienced instructors lead a 40-hour certificate program and other seminars in both English and Spanish, tailoring class times around students' work and crime-fighting schedules. For extended courses, they provide a bartending textbook spanning more than 200 drink formulas and detailing elements of the craft, such as types of glassware and customer-service practices. Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Education, the school keeps tuition low and connects its students with free job-placement assistance in local watering holes.
Retouch Factory is committed to serving its community, whether by helping clients preserve cherished memories through photographs, by strengthening local businesses with logo-design services, or by donating 7 percent of its proceeds to charity. The founder, an active member of the United States Air Force, strongly believes in the Air Force's values and strives to work hard for each client.
Retouch's photographers snap pictures of weddings and families, and they particularly love capturing candid moments of wedding parties sharing a laugh over an inside joke or babies throwing an adorable tantrum over not having coconut water on set. When creating business logos, Retouch's designers don't just do something because it looks good—they do extensive research on the market they're designing for and on the product itself in order to create the best possible design.
The education gurus at Minds Ahead Academy specialize in developing and running four innovative teaching programs for children, while focusing on what they term "whole brain development." One of their main courses is BrainOBrain, which relies on two main learning models to coax kids through academic and personality development. Its advanced abacus and neuro-lingustic programs both introduce neuron-testing exercises aimed at improving children's skills in math, spelling, and other academics in a social setting. Alternatively, LanguageMinds and MindsBee courses, helmed by experienced teachers, guide children through interactive sessions in writing and reading comprehension. The TutorMinds program supplements its general academic skill-focused base with test preparation.
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.
The instructors at ALOHA Mind Math free arithmetic-shy kids from the shackles of intimidation and the tyranny of calculators. Teaching the abacus method of mental math, tutors impart an old-school math tool that allows children to perform intricate math equations using nothing but mental energy. The math programs also work on cultivating patience, improving listening skills, and sharpening observation and memory—tools that translate to any academic setting. On the other end of the academic spectrum, tutors also help littluns improve their reading and writing skills in grade-specific classes that focus on language arts, reading, and writing.