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June 6, 2014, Toms River, NJ- Each year across the country there are an estimated 1.6 million homeless youth.
On June 6th, our Toms River campus helped support them for one night at the Harbor House Sleep Out event, raising $1,000 for this important cause.
In Ocean and Monmouth Counties, there are an estimated 300 homeless kids; many are running away from abusive homes, violent situations, drug stricken family members, or the death of their guardian. American Institute showed the homeless kids of Harbor House that they are not invisible, and that they are not alone.
May 3, 2014, Clifton, NJ- As many communities continue to suffer the loss of their hospitals due to financial difficulties, it is increasingly important that individuals do their part in supporting their favorite local hospitals.As a local community provider of health care career training, American Institute was proud to be given an opportunity to support East Orange General Hospital in sponsoring their Orange Ball, an evening-long gala. Each year, The Foundation for East Orange General Hospital hosts two Signature Events that provide substantial funding for patient care and treatment, one being the Ball of the Oranges. All funds raised benefit the many vital programs and services that the East Orange General Hospital provides for the community as one of New Jersey’s essential hospitals and American Institute Clifton is proud to have been a part of the event.
February 19, 2014, West Hartford, CT – On Wednesday, American Institute invited author, therapist, life coach, and motivational speaker, Venice R. Garner, to share tips and strategies for building self-esteem and motivating yourself with our students and staff in West Hartford. Ms. Garner shared 12 tips to help with self-esteem, including:
Kim Colbert, Campus President, shared, “Ms. Garner’s message today about building self-esteem was really perfect for our student body. Many of us struggle with self-esteem issues on a daily basis, affecting the ways in which we deal with life’s crises and how we are or are not able to move forward and find success in our lives. Building self-esteem and gaining self-confidence are such important aspects of taking on a totally new career and training for that career. Ms. Garner spoke about several strategies for building up one’s self-esteem, and I believe her message was loud and clear, and exactly what our students wanted and needed to hear.”
Ms. Garner shared a personal story about how a guidance counselor in her high school had advised her to get her GED instead of completing the regular diploma after a particularly tumultuous freshman year due to some severe health challenges. She was able to turn that into motivation to overcome her challenges, and ended up not only graduating but going on to get two bachelor degrees from Lincoln University, PA in Journalism and Human Services, and received her Master’s In Clinical Social Work Degree at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She even published her first book of poetry, “Because I am Different” at the age of 21!
She has also launched a website (www.EmbraceYourDifference.com) to support and encourage others in their journey. Ms. Garner, a Bronx, NY native, and had this to say about today’s visit, “Coming to the American Institute today was refreshing and delightful! The students there were very reflective, asked good questions and gave good feedback. The environment was warm and inviting, and the message of positivity seemed to pass through everyone. I hope the students received as much out of the message as I did speaking with them.”
January 2014, Clifton, NJ- Every two seconds, someone in the United States is in need of blood. Blood cannot be manufactured; it can only come from generous donors. Hosting blood drives is the main way of assuring that those who are in need of blood receive it, and our Clifton campus hosted the Blood Center of New Jersey for a blood drive in January.
More than 70,000 people in the U.S are affected by the sickle cell disease and 1,000 of these are babies born with the disease. People who have this disease require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives, and will not survive if they do not receive these transfusions. Over 9 million Americans donate every year, and this is what keeps these people alive; we’re proud that our Clifton team can be part of helping those in this great cause.
On a snowy & blustery day, 27 people came out to donate blood at our Clifton campus. These 27 individuals helped give people in need another chance at life, and we cannot thank them enough. Admissions Representative, Theresa Baretto, stated,“This was a great turn-out and I’m so happy everyone was able to donate despite the weather.”
January 23, 2014, West Hartford, CT – This year American Institute celebrates its 90th Anniversary Year of career training in the northeast. In 1924, American Institute, then known as Hartford Secretarial School, opened its doors to its first class of business students. Since that day, thousands of students have graduated to enjoy careers in the world of business, legal, allied healthcare, diagnostic medical sonography and information technology. Building on its distinguished past, American Institute continues to provide career-focused training with a commitment to service.
The West Hartford campus kicked off a year-long celebration of this milestone with 90 feet of sub sandwiches (and then some!) for students and staff on campus on January 22nd and 23rd. Said Kim Colbert, Campus President, “Our 90 Feet of Food Event was such a great time! Students enjoyed hearing a little bit about the history of American Institute, before sitting down to share lunch/dinner with fellow students, faculty and staff. Here’s to the next 90 years!”
Christopher Coutts, Chief Operating Officer, noted, “This is an important anniversary for our school, and shows our long-standing commitment to the communities where we operate. We’re proud to be a part of this long tradition of helping adults achieve their career goals with career-focused training.”
January 24, 2013, Toms River, NJ – Today marked a very special day on campus for the American Institute family as well as the Toms River community. American Institute was able to present a donation of $1500 to Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher in support of the Toms River Police Foundation for Hurricane Sandy Recovery at the campus’ Grand Opening event. These funds were raised by American Institute’s campus in Margate, FL. As part of the American Institute family of schools, and familiar with hurricanes as FL residents, the staff and students of the Margate campus responded immediately to assist the students and those affected by the hurricane in New Jersey. From December 1st through December 19th the American Institute Salon & Spa donated 10% of all services to their “Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund”. In addition to the fundraising efforts through their Salon & Spa services, they also held a separate Holiday Fundraiser on December 15th including a Massage-A-thon and Campus Garage Sale.
“I’m proud of our Margate students and staff and the commitment we all share to supporting the communities where we work and live. American Institute really values and cares about the communities we operate within,” said Christopher Coutts, President / COO, American Institute.
Mayor Thomas Kelaher said, “On behalf of the residents of Toms River, I’m truly grateful for the support and generosity from the Florida American Institute campus. It’s humbling when strangers from another state pitch in and raise funds for the benefit of our homeowners. This $1,500 will go to the Toms River Police Fund to be used for helping our residents with the services they desperately need after Hurricane Sandy.”
Kelaher toured the new American Institute campus, which focuses on Innovative Career Education. “This is a unique facility and quite state-of-the-art. We have many residents looking for a career change and this institute can very well put people on a new career path.”
American Institute is proud to join the Toms River community and to offer career training in Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting and Computers, Networking and Security. Visit our campus today at 2363 Lakewood Road in the Walgreens Plaza in Toms River, NJ.
December 26, 2012, Margate, FL – This past October, Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc along the East Coast of United States. Homes were destroyed, families displaced and, tragically, lives were lost. As part of the American Institute Family of Schools, the staff and students of the Margate campus pledged to assist the students at their sister campuses in Clifton and Toms River, NJ affected by the damage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
From December 1st through December 19th the American Institute Salon & Spa donated 10% of all services to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to assist students and their families affected by the hurricane. Not only did our Margate campus raise money through their Salon & Spa services they also held a Holiday Fundraiser on December 15th including a Massage-A-thon and Campus Garage Sale.
The Massage-A-Thon offered 15 minute chair massages to the public for donations in any amount. While people were relaxed by their chair massages they could finish up their visit to campus by shopping the garage sale. Students and staff collected treasures from their homes as well as the community to sell in the garage sale. The day was filled with lots of ways to donate to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
With their efforts throughout the month of December in the Salon & Spa, the Massage-A-Thon and the Garage Sale students and staff from our Margate campus were able to raise $1,650 to help support those affected by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, at both our Clifton and Toms River locations.
“The American Institute family at the Margate, Florida campus took special pride in raising money for our brothers and sisters from our New Jersey campuses who were adversely affected by Superstorm Sandy. As Floridians, we have first-hand knowledge of the devastation that can happen as a result of hurricanes and storms such as Sandy. It was very important for us to come together as a campus and do whatever we could do to show our solidarity. Though we may be geographically distant, we are one family…the American Institute family,” said Richard McCulloch, Campus President of American Institute Margate.
June 6, 2014, Toms River, NJ- Each year across the country there are an estimated 1.6 million homeless youth. On June 6th, our Toms River campus helped support them for one night at the Harbor House Sleep Out event, raising $1,000 for this important cause. In Ocean and Monmouth Counties, there are an estimated 300 […]
May 3, 2014, Clifton, NJ- As many communities continue to suffer the loss of their hospitals due to financial difficulties, it is increasingly important that individuals do their part in supporting their favorite local hospitals. As a local community provider of health care career training, American Institute was proud to be given an opportunity to […]