Entrepreneur and president of a national recruiting firm, Ken Kuznia is the Bela Karolyi of job coaches. The 4.5-hour session puts an emphasis on action and results. After developing a clear picture of your dream job, you'll learn to become a job finder, rather than a seeker, and sculpt a results-driven resume out of a six-foot block of Belgian chocolate. The program also includes a seminar workbook and your own iDigMyWork Action Plan.
Escoffier?s chef instructors kindle flames of passion on stovetops and in their students' hearts with expert lessons detailing techniques, new recipes, and healthy at-home alternatives for amateur cooks. Groups of 16 students gather in professionally equipped kitchens to acquire new skills they can use at home or in department-store displays under the tutelage of academy staff or guest chefs from local restaurants. Common topics cover regional staples such as Texas barbecue or illuminate artisanal cheese making and other gourmet subjects. Seasonally themed holiday courses, such as gingerbread-house making or gluten-free desserts, share festive alternatives to peppermint forts and tinsel-chip cookies.
Texas School of Bartenders pours knowledge into students’ brains with in-depth, personal instruction from experienced bartenders behind fully operational bar stations. The school’s award-winning classes, taught at six locations in Texas and Oklahoma, place students in a real-life environment as they introduce concepts such as operating point-of-sale terminals, handling several orders at once, and dodging tennis balls fired by American Gladiators on their night out. A computerized job-placement program provides assistance and leads for graduates as they seek employment.
It’s sometimes incredible to fathom just how many people are behind one movie: you need a group to write a script, draw up storyboards, direct, act, hold the camera, do makeup...the list goes on. Casting all these roles is a familiar task to Suezean Matarazzo and Nicholle Walton-Durban, both veterans of the film industry. At Austin Film and Arts Academy, they teach elementary- through high school-aged students how to collaborate on a short movie of their own.
In the academy's main digital filmmaking course, students go from developing their ideas to shooting and lighting each scene on location. While they focus on the bigger picture, other participants refine more specialized skills, such as choreographing stunts, creating horror makeup, or keeping the crew away from craft service before lunch.
Classes stay small, so the academy's roster of instructors and guest speakers—such as casting agents and stuntmen—can grant each student personalized attention. Every session culminates in a final project, such as auditioning on camera or, in the case of digital filmmaking, receiving a DVD of your movie along with a customized poster.
A public extension of The Griffin School, an arts-focused college-prep high school, Studio Griffin immerses students of all ages in multidisciplinary-arts education and art-based events. Expansive studios filled with easels and stacks of storage boxes host classes of children, teenagers, and working adults as they hone skills in painting, sculpting, and tricking still lifes into moving. Art camps instill basic skills in adolescents and teens during a three-week intensive course. The studio also hosts communal Art+Wine Nights, where guests fashion paintings inspired by a historic or famous piece of art and lubricate their creative chops with wine and other libations.
A love for Texas’ Spanish heritage shines through in the instructors at Creative Language Center, who are all native speakers, born and educated in Spanish-speaking countries. Working with groups of six or fewer students allows the teachers bountiful time to speak one-on-one or practice bilingual telepathy with their pupils. General beginner levels introduce basic conversation using pictures and mimicry to cover grammar and present tenses, and intermediate levels enhance students' conversation skills, preparing them to ask for directions and make purchases. In advanced courses, instructors expand students' vocabulary, bringing them the ability to speak on current topics, argue and hypothesize, and recite even the most complicated shampoo ingredients. In higher-level sessions, instructors conduct all in-class speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish. General and topic-specific courses start anew each month, enabling budding linguists to join frequently or jump into ongoing sessions.