We spoke with Jack Macaluso—Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America—about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.
Firearms, Defense, and Safety
The instructors teach concealed-carry and defense-tactics classes, as well as first-aid, CPR, and AED courses.
Security Guard Training
Advanced Training Academy helps men and women find work with licensed security-guard companies. The academy's eight-day courses are beneficial for new security-guard candidates and veterans looking for a refresher.
Meet the Team
Advanced Training Academy's instructors all have NRA, military, or state certifications on their résumé. But that's only a small part of their qualifications. The team comes from varying backgrounds, including law enforcement, military service, contractor work, and other fields germane to the instruction of firearms and defense.
Safeguard International Group promotes responsible gun ownership by providing safety-oriented training courses within an indoor, air-conditioned setting. The co-founders—each a certified instructor with decades of experience as a law-enforcement professional—personally vetted the entire staff, which includes individuals with extensive military and police backgrounds. Training opportunities include courses that cover fundamental safety techniques, concealed-carry education, and real-world scenarios. In addition to overseeing live-fire practice, the instructors occasionally call upon Simunition technology, used by some military and law-enforcement agencies for realistic training exercises.
From up to 13,500 feet in the air, skydivers plunge out of Miami Skydiving Center's airplanes, accelerate to 120 miles per hour, and take in scenic bird's-eye views of the Everglades, the Atlantic Ocean, and the giant gorillas terrorizing downtown. But before they enjoy this unique perspective, divers first learn the basics during on-ground tandem diving instruction. Instructors use this initial jump to get new divers excited about and familiar with the process of skydiving and the essential safety procedures. They then teach committed diving pupils to skydive solo with an accelerated freefall program. And as their students progress further, the instructors can introduce them to more advanced techniques such as belly flying and skyboarding.
Within the stone walls of Rock Creek Spine and Rehabilitation Center, Doctors of Chiropractic Ryan and Melissa Groelz work to root out the fundamental causes of back pain, headaches, and other ailments. The chiropractic duo uses advanced computer systems to analyze each patient's nervous system and posture, then uses those findings to guide spinal adjustments, soft-tissue manipulation, and other treatments.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Trinity Academy is designed to further the physical, social, spiritual and intellectual needs of all children, our school offers each child an equal opportunity for a successful future. Our highly trained and qualified teachers excel in teaching and equipping each student.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
The academy provides all course materials needed for students. This includes notebooks, writing utensils, crayons etc. We ask that each child comes as they are. We are committed to providing individual academic attention to each child.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
The inspiration to start Trinity Academy was the lack of education readiness and quality in our Miami community. We believe that education is the solution to developing a strong, grounded and morally sound future generation of America and this process begins in the early childhood stages.
What do you love most about your job?
What we love most about our roles at Trinity Academy is seeing children develop a greater understanding of the world around them in the various subjects. The early elementary school offers performance-proven programs in reading, writing, math, science, and social sciences.