Visalia, CA - On Thursday, December 3, 2009, students from the Milan Institute in Visalia filled a sports utility vehicle with more than 300 toys for donation to the Visalia Emergency Aid Council. The Administrative Medical Assistant day and evening class students have been raising toy-buying money since October. The students created gift baskets, made blankets, sold baked goods and made candy leis and "boo grams" for Halloween. An impressive $1,360 was raised, which resulted in $1,760 worth of toys thanks to a generous 20% discount from Big Lots.
The Milan Institute students wanted to help those in the community who are struggling. "We are all in that place or have been in that place of financial distress," student Melissa Bixler said. "Now we can help these needy kids, which some of us have in our own family.” School Director Patrick Taylor was inspired by the hard-work and motivation the students exhibited during the fundraiser. "These kids did everything themselves," stated Patrick. "They organized the bake sales and silent auctions and were energetic in helping out the many families that will receive these toys."
The toys will be distributed on Christmas Eve at the Visalia Emergency Aid Council's toy-distribution event. Sign-ups have begun and more than 3,500 people are expected to receive toys, blankets and food this year. Milan Institute is one of many organizations that stepped up to help the aid council after it lost its main sponsor just a few months before Christmas.
Currently, the school offers the following accredited programs: Administrative Medical Assistant, Medical Assisting, Office Administration and Massage Therapy. Both day and evening class schedules are offered, and financial aid is available to those who qualify. Milan’s faculty offers academic credentials with years of training or work experience in their areas of specialization. The school’s administrative staff is committed to providing the individual student attention necessary to achieve success in the fields of healthcare and massage therapy. In addition, the school provides employment services assistance to all of its graduates to assist them with their new job search.
In addition to offering a variety of career training programs, the school also offers massage therapy services at a fraction of the day spa cost. The student massage spa has value-priced services available such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Therapeutic and Shiatsu massage. A variety of seasonal specials are offered via website coupons, email marketing, student referral coupons and Facebook. This winter’s special is a 50-minute Cocoa Mint Aromatherapy Massage with Foot Scrub for just $40. To schedule an appointment, call (559) 684-3900 or visit the student clinic at 6500 S. Mooney Blvd. All services are performed by students under instructor supervision.
Milan Institute has been preparing students for the workforce since 1985 and has 16 campuses located throughout the western United States. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET). ACCET is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. For more information, contact Milan Institute at (559) 684-3900 or go to http://www.milaninstitute.edu.