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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.”
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.”
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.”
All Locations- On Friday, February 6th, 2015, The American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day was celebrated all over the country as part of their Go Red for Women campaign. Each of our campuses held different activities to recognize this important day. American Institute participated again this year as a day to support the fight against heart disease in women.
West Hartford hosted a Go Red Selfie contest, to encourage participants not on campus that day to wear red and share it on social media to help spread awareness throughout our community. Students in Clifton gave a presentation about heart health to educate their classmates about healthy choices and how to recognize heart disease in women. Toms River and Margate campuses also wore red to show support.
National Wear Red Day, celebrated the first Friday each February, is a day to bring attention to the fact that although 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke every year, many women do not recognize their symptoms. Women tend to think that breast cancer is their largest threat, yet heart disease kills 10X more women a year than breast cancer, according to the American Heart Association’s 2012 Statistical Report.
The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Through research and education about healthy lifestyle changes, the American Heart Association has made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women, and death in women has decreased more then 30 percent over the past 10 years! You can learn more at https://www.goredforwomen.org.
West Hartford, CT– On Friday, November 14th, 2014, World Diabetes Day was celebrated around the world. Our West Hartford and Clifton campuses both held Open Houses this year to recognize the important day. Diabetes is a disease American Institute holds close to its heart, especially at our West Hartford and Clifton campuses, with key staff members directly affected.
The West Hartford campus celebrated World Diabetes Day by inviting the community to attend our Open House to speak with specialist Betsy Gaudian about the disease. Ms. Gaudian is a Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Dietician, with extensive knowledge on treating and preventing diabetes, as well as tips to help manage living with diabetes to avoid potentially serious complications. FastTrack Phlebotomy Technician students were on hand for the Open House to test blood sugar for attendees to identify if they were at risk. In Clifton, Medical Assisting students gained experience while preforming the tests, helping to expand awareness in the community about diabetes while helping attendees find out their personal blood sugar numbers.
Every year on November 14th, World Diabetes Day is celebrated. It was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to the growing need for knowledge about diabetes. While the campaign lasts year-round, the day itself is celebrated November 14th to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting, who along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1921. 387 million people around the world live with diabetes, and one in four don’t even realize they have it! Learn more at http://www.idf.org.
October 2014, All Campuses – This October, American Institute students and staff spent the month fundraising to support the fight against Breast Cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime according to National Breast Cancer Foundation, and many of the American Institute family have been personally impacted by the disease.
Our campuses raised awareness by wearing pink clothes and as much pink flair they could find, and gathered donations with bake sales and beauty pageants.
Clifton and Toms River teams also participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in their communities. Overall, American Institute teams were able to raise over $500 in donations to the American Cancer Society for this great cause through their efforts, and look forward to raising money again next year as the pursuit for a cure continues.
West Hartford, CT— On Friday, October 10th, 2014, American Institute presented Andy Fleischmann, President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a check for $10,000. The funds will be shared among each of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies where American Institute schools are located, in addition to supporting the national organization, as part of American Institute’s ongoing commitment to making a positive difference in the communities where we work and live. American Institute has locations in Toms River, NJ, Clifton, NJ, and Margate, FL, in addition to the West Hartford, CT main campus.
Each campus held multiple fundraising events throughout the summer to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, as the premier charity partner of American Institute for 2014, raising almost $2,500 from these direct efforts. The company then chose to bring the overall total to $10,000 in honor of all the ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ throughout our American Institute family.
Said Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts, “We are so proud of our students, faculty, and staff who took part in the company-wide challenge to support Big Brothers Big Sisters this summer. Many of our students and their families either know someone or have directly benefitted themselves from the Big Brothers Big Sisters efforts, and we’re delighted to be able to raise awareness as well as funds on their behalf.”
“We’re so happy to have the support of American Institute as a first year partner raising funds for our mission,” said Charleston Edwards, VP of National Events and Sponsorship. “The funds raised in these communities will greatly impact the odds for at-risk youth in the need of a mentor.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves more than 500,000 youth, their families and volunteers. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.
September 22, 2014, West Hartford, CT— American Institute is pleased to announce the launch of two new, short-term programs as part of a new FastTrack training now available at the West Hartford, CT campus. Both the Certified Nurse’s Aide and Phlebotomy Technician programs can be completed in as little as four weeks, depending on the schedule selected, and prepare students for certification in their desired field.
Said Campus Director Kim Colbert, “We’re delighted to bring these additional programs to our campus as we continue to enhance our ability to provide career-focused training to our community. The FastTrack team is an excellent addition to our American Institute family, and I am excited to welcome this new group of students to the school.”
Visit www.AIFastTrack.com to learn more about these new programs today!
September 17th, 2014, All Campuses: On September 17, 1787, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. Every year on this day, we celebrate the document that solidified the birth of this great country: The Constitution.
It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world! Our campuses celebrated in style by wearing their Red, White, and Blue and participating in various activities to commemorate this important day in our nation’s history. Everyone who celebrated had a great time honoring our Constitution, and we look forward to next year’s Constitution Day!
July 21, 2014, Toms River, NJ and Clifton, NJ – Each year massage therapists and bodyworkers nationwide lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness of the benefits of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies during EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week. This year that fell July 13-19, and Toms River and Clifton massage therapy students and faculty joined in and raised not only awareness about the benefits of massage, but also about a great cause.
Each campus hosted a Massage-A-Thon, welcoming walk-ins and appointments to help raise funds for donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Institute’s premier charity partner for 2014. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country, to help at-risk children succeed and thrive. American Institute is proud to support this effort in each of our communities this year.
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 […]
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 […]