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July 18, 2015, Toms River, NJ – Toms River students, faculty, and staff joined the Colon Cancer Alliance for the Undy Run/Walk this July, supporting the fight against colon cancer. The Colon Cancer Alliance is the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing screening rates and survivorship, and the Undy Run/Walk is one way they help get the word out to encourage people to get screened and beat the disease.
This cause hits close to home for our Toms River team, who walked in honor of Paul Bowen, a part of our extended AI family that lost his battle with colon cancer in February 2014. Said his son JP Bowen, “I have to take a minute and thank the American Institute family for everyone who participated in today’s walk, donated, or contributed in any aspect towards the walk and cause. Thank you!!”July 19, 2015
July 8, 2015, Toms River, NJ – Students in the Toms River Medical Assisting class were treated to a guest lecture by Registered Nurse, Susan McKenna. She shared her experiences starting in the health care field as a Medical Assistant, as well as real-world advice for the roles and responsibilities of a Medical Assistant in the Emergency Department, in a hospital, and the medical industry overall. Ms. McKenna’s stories of life as an emergency nurse were compelling! Students especially appreciated her examples of how to maintain professionalism in the workplace as a Medical Assistant.
Thank you Ms. McKenna for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and share your experience with us!Published: July 9, 2015
June 22, 2015, Clifton, NJ – Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) students from the Clifton campus took their knowledge of the human body to a new level at the Body World exhibit in NYC. The exhibit helped students better visualize the organs and body parts they scan using ultrasound equipment in the training lab and on externship, enhancing their skills as future sonographers.June 23, 2015
June 7, 2015, Garfield, NJ – POAC Autism Services is a nonprofit organization that provides more no-cost training and education for the autism community than any other organization. Clifton Massage Therapy students were delighted to provide complimentary chair massages to attendees at the Garfield Walk for a Difference event as they continue their fundraising efforts for this important cause.
In March 2014, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report showing 1 in 68 children nationally has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. New Jersey had the highest rates, with 1 in 45, 1 in 28 boys. The national rate marks an increase of 30% from the previous 1 in 88 statistic.
Said Chief Operating Officer Christopher Coutts, “I’m proud of our Clifton Massage Therapy students and staff for providing support and services at this event and helping to support our local community.”June 8, 2015
May 30, 2015, Clifton, NJ – Nearly every person’s life is touched by cancer at some point, whether you are now fighting or have personally fought the disease, or know and love someone who has, which is why American Institute remains committed to the fight against cancer.
In addition to providing chair massages during the Clifton Relay For Life event which raised over $64K this year, students and staff have held multiple fundraising events for the American Cancer Society, raising well over $500 so far in donations at the campus.
Said Chief Operating Officer Christopher Coutts, “It makes a huge difference to all of us at American Institute to participate in the fight against cancer as a part of our school experience. One of our core values is service, and many of our team members have been on the front lines of this fight, so I’m grateful to everyone who serves our community each year as we continue to work towards a cure together with the American Cancer Society.”June 3, 2015
All Locations – From March to May 2015, each location celebrated the achievements of graduates with commencement ceremonies. At each ceremony, graduates spoke about their experience with American Institute and future career.
As Kathy Paul, Massage Therapy Graduate from Clifton, NJ campus said in her speech, “Congratulations to all of us on successfully completing our respective courses of study.” Kathy went on to share two words that grads (and everyone) can focus on as they move through their career: intention and gratitude. Greeting each day with the intention to do well and gratitude for what we have helps create a lifelong pattern of success. Kathy, we are so grateful for you and all our graduates, and the opportunity to be a part of all your career journeys!
Director of Education from Toms River campus, Donielle Fitch, echoed those sentiments when she spoke to graduates at the Toms River ceremony, “As you step out to meet the world with your mind prepared and your skills fine-tuned, I urge you to set your direction with a positive attitude and a strong spirit.”
“One of the greatest joys for American Institute faculty and staff is seeing each of our students graduate and go on to pursue their new careers with the passion that brought them to us in the beginning. It is our privilege to be a part of that process for each and every one of these graduates,” shared Chief Financial Officer Stephen Schwartz.
May 16, 2015, Clifton, NJ – Clifton Dental Assisting students took a special field trip to child care center Small Steps Academy to share oral hygiene tips and good dental skills that they learned in their classes with the children. The children enjoyed the visit and learned how to better care for their teeth while Dental Assisting students practiced their child patient skills like explaining things in easy-to-understand terms and maintaining patience that they will need in their future careers.
Interested in learning a little more about dental care for children? Here’s a video you can view, courtesy of Columbia University, College of Dental Medicine, Brushing Your Child’s Teeth.May 23, 2015
March 8-10, 2015, Clifton, NJ – The International Esthetics, Cosmetics and Spa Conferences are the premier spa and wellness events in the country. Taking place in New York, Las Vegas, and Florida, IECSC offers leading education and dynamic show floors. Spa and wellness professionals rely on IECSC for insightful guidance to grow their businesses and keep them at the forefront of their competitive industry, and our Clifton Massage Therapy students and staff were delighted to attend IECSC New York this year. The conference offered a comprehensive education program with a stellar roster of speakers and timely topics to help enhance skills and careers, invigorating the instructors and confirming for students their career choice.
Attendees were able to purchase products, see the latest trends, and learn the newest techniques emerging in the spa and wellness markets. The classes, seminars and workshops offered were taught by industry leaders who shared their wisdom with attendees; attendees also had opportunities to meet the speakers to get advice, inspiration, and insight to help them and their business grow and evolve. IECSC offered in-depth workshops focused on topics ranging from business management to aesthetic training, with a heavy focus on increasing revenue potential and broadening knowledge and skills.
Said COO Christopher Coutts, “I’m proud of Massage Therapy Program Director Ms. Selene Delvalle and her team for helping our students and staff stay at the forefront of their industry. American Institute is dedicated to providing relevant and hands-on training experiences like this to help ensure our graduates are ready for their new careers when they graduate.”Published: March 12, 2015
March 2, 2015, Toms River, NJ and West Hartford, CT – Each year, the National Education Association honors the memory of Dr. Seuss and helps spread the love of reading among children throughout the United States with their Read Across America day, held each year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday.
American Institute students and staff got into the spirit this year with a Reading Party at the Toms River campus, where children joined us for an afternoon of Dr. Seuss story time. As the immortal Seuss himself would say, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”
The team in West Hartford also celebrated the day with a children’s book drive, gathering books from the community to donate to a local homeless family shelter.
Said Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts, “Reading is fundamental to educational success, and I’m happy to have our teams support the efforts of the National Education Association as they work to bring reading to every child’s life. As educators, our passion is helping people learn and grow in their chosen career, and it’s our pleasure to support NEA’s Read Across America Day each year as they help children learn and grow through reading.”Published: March 3, 2015
February 21, 2015, West Hartford, CT – More than 10 years ago the American Dental Association began Give Kids A Smile, focused on raising awareness around oral hygiene primarily among children from low-income families.
West Hartford Dental Assisting students and staff happily volunteered at this year’s local event, enabling students to assist dentists on procedures like extractions, composite restoration, amalgam restorations and set of radiographs, among other dental proceedings. According to the ADA, each year approximately 350,000 children benefit from more than 1,500 events from the Give Kids A Smile effort, all because of the efforts of 40,000 or more annual volunteers.
West Hartford Campus President, Kim Colbert, shared, “I’m grateful to have such a great group of students and faculty that have a passion for helping others and are able to take their newly acquired dental skills into our community.”Published: February 26, 2015
July 18, 2015, Toms River, NJ – Toms River students, faculty, and staff joined the Colon Cancer Alliance for the Undy Run/Walk this July, supporting the fight against colon cancer. The Colon Cancer Alliance is the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing screening rates and survivorship, and the Undy Run/Walk is one way […]
July 8, 2015, Toms River, NJ – Students in the Toms River Medical Assisting class were treated to a guest lecture by Registered Nurse, Susan McKenna. She shared her experiences starting in the health care field as a Medical Assistant, as well as real-world advice for the roles and responsibilities of a Medical Assistant in […]