Toms River Campus Supports Sleep Out for Homeless Kids

HarborHouse

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.

American Institute Clifton Sponsors Ball of Oranges

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.

American Institute Toms River Blood Drive

Donating blood in Toms River, NJ

Donating blood in Toms River, NJ

April 9, 2014, Toms River, NJ- Although an estimated 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 10% actually do each year.* Our Toms River campus was able to provide support for this effort by hosting a blood drive with the Blood Center of New Jersey. When an individual is struck with illness or suffers an accident, a blood transfusion can save his or her life, and must already be available to have a positive impact.

The Blood Center of New Jersey supplies over 100,000 blood products annually to the hospitals and medical centers of New Jersey, but there is always a need for more help. At the American Institute Blood Drive in Toms River, 26 individuals successfully donated. We are thrilled that we reached our goal for this event, and are proud of each and every donor for doing what he or she could to help save a life.

*American Red Cross

American Institute Supports Autism Speaks

April 2, 2014, West Hartford, CT- This year, American Institute West Hartford has chosen Autism Speaks as one of the key recipients of their fundraising efforts. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month by helping raise awareness about autism, and the campus was decked out in blue with blue lanterns glowing at the front desk and blue balloons covered the halls, and students joined in by contributing a couple dollars to wear blue jeans and as much blue flair as possible. Funds were also raised by raffling off a beautiful Vera Bradley tote filled with women’s accessories, donated by Kim Voket, DMS Program Director. Congratulations to the raffle winner Rosie Paban, a student in the Medical Assisting program! Through our efforts, we are proud that we raised over $200 for Autism Speaks so far, and look forward to supporting the cause further. Kim Colbert, Campus President, said “The school has really showed its support for this cause, and we are very happy to be part of it.”

‘Embrace your Difference’ at American Institute

Ms. Garner speaking to our students and staff in West Hartford

Ms. Garner speaking to our students and staff in West Hartford

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:

  1. Stop comparing yourself with other people. There will always be some people who have more than you and some who have less.
  2. Whether speaking about your appearance, your career, your relationships, your financial situation, or any aspect of your life, avoid self-deprecating comments. You can’t develop high self-esteem if you repeat negative phrases about yourself and your abilities.
  3. Accept compliments with a ‘thank you.’ Rejecting a compliment is a message to yourself that you’re not worthy of praise, but it is so easy to brush a compliment off with ‘It was nothing’ instead of accepting it.
  4. Use affirmations to enhance your self-esteem; write out a positive statement such as “I am a valuable, lovable person and deserve the best in life.” on a business card or index card and keep it with you. Repeat it frequently and allow yourself to feel positive when you think it.
  5. Take advantage of opportunities to build self-esteem and motivate yourself, whether it is workshops, books, etc. Whatever material you allow to dominate your mind will eventually take root and impact your behavior, so be sure it is positive.
  6. Associate with positive, supportive people. When you are accepted and encouraged, you feel better about yourself and are in an environment that allows you to raise your self-esteem.
  7. Keep a list of your successes – even if others might view them as ‘minor’ (like learning to skate, graduating from high school, etc.). Read this list often, and use it as an opportunity to recreate the feelings of satisfaction and joy you experienced when you first achieved each success.
  8. Make a list of your positive qualities – are you honest? Unselfish? Helpful? Creative? Be generous with yourself and write down at least 20 positive qualities. Again, it’s important to review this list often. Many people dwell on their inadequacies and then question why their life isn’t turning out like they would like it to. Start focusing on your positive traits and you’ll be more likely to achieve what you desire.
  9. Give more. When you do things for others, you are making a positive contribution to the world and you begin to feel more valuable, which in turn lifts your spirits and raises your self-esteem.
  10. Get involved in work and activities you love. Self-esteem thrives when you are engaged in work and activities that you enjoy and make you feel valuable, whether it is a hobby or your primary career.
  11. Be true to yourself. Live your own life, not the life others may have decided is best for you. If you are making decisions based on getting approval from others, you aren’t being true to yourself and your self-esteem is lowered.
  12. Take action! Don’t sit on the sidelines, get going and strive to meet the challenges before you. When you take action – regardless of the ensuing result – you feel better about yourself.

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.”

American Institute Clifton Hosts Blood Drive

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.”

American Institute Celebrates 90 Years in Career Training

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.”

American Institute Joins the Toms River Community

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.

American Institute Margate Raises Funds for Hurricane Sandy Victims

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.

American Institute West Hartford sponsors the 19th annual ING Hartford Marathon

October 19, 2012, West Hartford, CT – American Institute West Hartford was a proud sponsor of the 19th Annual ING Hartford Marathon event on October 13, 2012.  The campus had been preparing for this event since the end of August and was excited to participate.  Not only did West Hartford campus create their own team to participate in the 5K race on Saturday, the campus also participated in the Healthy Lifestyle Expo at the XL center on October 11th & 12th. At the Expo, Medical Assisting students took blood pressure readings of the attendees and future runners at the American Institute booth.  After the two day Expo, AI packed up their booth and moved to Bushnell Park for race day where the blood pressure readings, fun and giveaways continued.  It wasn’t difficult to spot our West Hartford American Institute 5K team in their bright green shirts!

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Toms River Campus Supports Sleep Out for Homeless Kids

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 […]

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American Institute Clifton Sponsors Ball of Oranges

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 […]

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