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Aesthetic Science Institute

There once was a time in which the whole concept of a "facial" was simply for those with disposable income or when a birthday, Mother’s day or holiday gift certificate allowed for one. It was also a time when skin care was any product recommended over the counter, weather it be CVS or Macy’s. Boy, oh boy, have times changed.

As a school owner, educator and professional aesthetician, I have watched my profession explode into one of need and necessity. From facial treatments to chemical peels and microdermabrasion, the professional esthetician has secured a spot as the go-to person for skin care needs.

Aestheticians in the State of NY are required to complete 600 hours of education and pass both a written and state board exam. Their educational focus lies heavily on every aspect of the physiological workings of the skin, to techniques and ingredients that influence those workings. 

As the profession has grown and expanded, so have the employment opportunities. Once viewed as "beauty school" education, the aesthetic graduate now represents an entirely different persona. "Newbies" into this profession tend to be 30-35 and older; stay at home mom’s re-entering the work place, career changers and women looking for an awesome career "post-retirement". Graduates find themselves self-employed, in skin care clinics, spas, medical facilities, sales and even education and training. 

As a professional aesthetician, I have the privilege of working on the largest organ of the human body. "I" have the ability to change the way others look and feel about themselves…and so can YOU! 

Aesthetic Science Institute is located at 1202 Troy Schenectady Road, Latham. For more information call 786.0760 or visit www.aestheticscienceinstitute.com.

 

Darrow School: Small Community, Big Opportunities

At Darrow, it’s not just what you learn, it’s what you live. Darrow’s innovative approach to education creates a dynamic learning environment inside the classroom and throughout the school community. Darrow is a college-preparatory boarding and day school where students in grades 9–12 are motivated to reach their potential and become their best selves. Darrow’s low 4:1 student-teacher ratio, small classes, challenging hands-on curriculum, inspiring National Historic Landmark campus and personalized attention encourage students to become critical thinkers, confident learners and creative individuals. Darrow is a place for students to stretch themselves and reach new horizons. 

Another long-standing tradition at Darrow, stewardship of the earth, harkens back to our Shaker legacy. Darrow students study sustainability across the curriculum, helping them to become not only responsible caretakers of our historic campus, but also knowledgeable decision makers and future leaders in global environmental issues.

Living within Darrow’s close-knit community makes it easy for students to learn about collaboration and teamwork. The combination of personalized feedback from highly accessible faculty and the hands-on effort of each individual allows every student to clearly see that he or she makes a difference. Darrow students learn that success may not come on the first try, but can be achieved through persistence and reflection. They also learn that it’s okay to make mistakes—it’s part of the process of becoming a life-long scholar and a responsible citizen.

For more information about Darrow School, visit www.darrowschool.org.

 

La Salle Institute of Troy

La Salle is a private, independent Catholic school for boys in grades 6-12. We offer the opportunity for students to grow intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically and base our approach on a Christian view of service in the family, at school, and within the community. La Salle challenges the student to develop his talents for the purposes of continuing his formal education. 

La Salle is next to HVCC, and many of our students receive high school and college credit simultaneously. For the Fall ’10 semester alone, our students are earning 446 college credits. Our boys are taking college level physics, calculus, accounting, criminal justice and Arabic. HVCC has many Articulation Agreements with colleges to which our students generally apply, including Albany College of Pharmacy, Manhattan College, RIT, RPI, Siena, and St. Rose. 

The La Salle student can participate in many sports, drama, our award-winning music department, and the La Salle drill teams. The JROTC program at La Salle focuses on leadership, designed to create strong, smart and caring leaders for the future. 

College placement for graduates of La Salle is 100 percent. In a typical year, our graduates are accepted at over 140 different colleges and universities. The Class of 2010, with 89 members, received over 228 academic scholarships totaling more than $9 million, with admission to schools including Brown, Columbia, Julliard, NYU, Dartmouth, Cornell, St. Rose, Siena, Manhattan College and Merchant Marine Academy. 

La Salle Institute is located at 174 Williams Road, Troy. For more information call 283.2500 or visit www.lasalleinstitute.org.

 

Saint Gregory’s School

Saint Gregory’s School is a private elementary school located in Loudonville. Although the School has been in operation since 1962, it has been described as the "Best Kept Secret" in the Capital District. Some things you may not know about Saint Gregory’s School include:

  • SGS is an independent school, founded by Catholic laymen and women in 1962.
  • SGS welcomes students of all faiths and values religious diversity.
  • SGS is coed in Nursery – Kindergarten; all boys in Grades 1-8.
  • SGS average class size is 14 with a student teacher ratio of 7:1.
  • 65% of SGS Faculty hold advanced degrees.
  • SGS students come from 14 different school districts. 
  • SGS has full-day Kindergarten and full-day options for Nursery and PreK.
  • The SGS school day is from 8:30-3:30. Before and after care is available.
  • SGS supports students with Individualized Education Plans.
  • SGS grants over $200,000 per year in financial aid.
  • SGS has a rolling admissions process.
  • SGS students have outside activities every day.
  • SGS begins Spanish instruction in PreK; Latin in 7th and 8th. 
  • 52% of SGS students are Johns Hopkins Scholars.
  • 100% of SGS students participate in Community Service.
  • SGS participates in athletic competitions in soccer, cross country, basketball, and track. 
  • SGS students graduate with HS credits in math, science, and foreign language.
  • SGS musical interests are encouraged through the bell choir, vocal choir, individual instruction, pep band, and rock band.

Saint Gregory’s offers full-day Kindergarten and full-day options for PreSchool. Before and after school care is available. Visit Saint Gregory’s at www.saintgregorysschool.org or call 785.6621.

 

Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium

Founded in 1934, the Schenectady Museum & Suits-Bueche Planetarium is the only science center in Tech Valley offering a multimedia experience for visitors of all ages.

We offer Planetarium Shows at 2PM Tuesday through Friday and 1PM, 2PM and 3PM Saturdays (and Sundays in December and January) in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, which has the only GOTO Star Projector in the entire Northeast. The Museum also houses a FETCH! Lab, which offers hands-on activities 2:30pm – 4pm Thursday through Saturday, patterned after the popular PBS show FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman.

Little Wonders of Science is a special program designed just for children age three to five and the adults in their lives. Offered the third Thursday and Saturday of each month, this program uses familiar books and hands-on activities to present basic science concepts. 

Join us for Home Schools Days for families looking to supplement their at-home science curriculum. Using our exhibits and hands-on activities, you’ll explore physics, astronomy, chemistry and more the first Thursday of each month (October through March). Our classes are tailored for a variety of ages, and provide educational programming, hands-on experiments, and time to socialize with other young scientists. Best of all, you avoid the risk of explosions in your home!

And, we offer Scout Workshops for Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Workshops cover a variety of science topics and help you earn your badge.

For more information, please visit www.SchenectadyMuseum.org or call the Schenectady Museum Education Department at 518.382.7890 x 224.

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