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Peak Hospitality Staff Train Nearly 200 Military Officers in Formal Dinner, Etiquette at D.C. Base

Peak Technical Institute’s hospitality training staff recently trained nearly 200 military officers and their spouses in formal dinner, wine service and hospitality etiquette.

“The English Butler” Jason King, Program Director and Instructor for Peak Technical Institute’s professional hospitality program, facilitated training as part of a Senior Leadership Orientation Course (SLOC) at Bolling Joint Air Force near Washington, D.C.  Peak’s SLOC instruction was held in conjunction with the AF General Officer Management Office and The Protocol School of Washington for the “Dine Like a Diplomat” course, which is the formal dinner and etiquette program for the Armed Forces.

This two-day training included table setting, service and wines, which wrapped up with a seven-course dinner and matching wine service.

SLOC is hosted by AF General Officer Management Office and is designed for all new active duty Air Force personnel, Guard and Reserve one-star generals, new Senior Executive Service Civilians and their spouses at The Bolling AFB Club.

Peak was proud to have several of its former Air Force Enlisted Aide graduates on hand for the evening’s festivities. The Enlisted Aide program is the genesis of Peak’s flagship hospitality program, Professional Hospitality Management, which hones all the skills necessary for estate management.

Peak Technical Institute continues to form and nurture business partnerships through hospitality training in private homes, U.S. military forces and private yachts.

For upcoming training and events or for more information, visit YouHaveArrived.com or contact us at (855) 399-7325 ext. 1073.

Peak Technical Institute’s Hospitality Programs Continue to Develop Training Partnerships with Local Organizations

Peak Technical Institute continues to grow its hospitality training and professional service programs and seminars, working with local universities, associations and industries.

Peak’s hospitality training staff are working in the local East Tennessee community with such organizations and associations as Executive Women International (EWI), Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association (GKHA) and students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“Staff at Peak thoroughly enjoy working with the local community and local universities,” Jason King, Program Director and Instructor of Peak Technical Institute’s Professional Hospitality Training program, said. “We are proud to provide the next generation with the tools and competitive edge they need to be successful.”

Peak has partnered with such organizations to offer short programs on topics like Communication in the Workplace and Conflict Resolution. Peak has also recently partnered with Business Owners Benefits Association to offer education and professional development opportunities. Through membership, BOBA members an attend professional development and customized training seminars covering a variety of topics, including Dining for Business, Leadership, Personal Excellence in Business and much more.

 Peak Technical Institute will also be returning to Washington, D.C., for training with the Armed Forces. Peak has had the opportunity in the past to train Enlisted Aides students, who were learning to be estate managers for generals and other officials.

The school is also working with the mega yacht industry from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to New England and with placement agencies across the country including Chicago and Los Angeles with staff training with its new programs for housekeeping and The Art of Silver Service.

For more details on how Peak’s hospitality and professional service seminars can benefit you and your organization, visit YouHaveArrived.com or contact our staff at 855-399-7325 ext. 1073.

Veterans Training Program, Financial Options Expand Student Base for all Peak Programs

Fully committed to students’ education and its belief that students of all backgrounds and financial situations should have access to quality training, Peak Technical Institute is proud to be an approved provider of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) and G.I. Bill® benefits.

Partnering with WIOA and Veterans training has helped grow Peak’s student base across all of its programs – Class A Commercial Driver License, UXO Global unexploded ordnance, hospitality and estate management training.

To date, Peak has had 12 VA students and over 30 WIOA students attend all three Peak programs.

WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employees with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

“The relationship with WIOA is beneficial for students because there are many people who want to make positive changes in their lives and help support themselves and their families but are not financially able to acquire proper training,” Peak Institutional Director Blake Bancroft said. “WIOA provides them funding and Peak provides the training to help them reach their goals.”

Peak assists student with job placement, bringing in trucking companies to discuss employment opportunities for students after graduation.

Peak is also proud to now be approved for veterans training, including the post 9/11 G.I. Bill® and Vocational Rehabilitation.

“After serving their country, these men and women can use G.I. Bill® benefits to pay for their education or the education of a family member,” Bancroft said. “They don’t have to worry about paying out of pocket for training as they look to take the next step in their careers.”

Students can use any of their WIOA or VA benefits on any of the three Peak programs – CDL, UXO or Professional Hospitality Management.

Peak’s Class A CDL Program Reports Exponential Growth in Third Year

In its third year changing lives and providing boundless career opportunities, Peak Technical Institute’s Class A Commercial Driver Training program has grown its student base seven fold with nearly 1,000 students attending since the program’s inception.

Peak attributes its growth to expanded resources, training contracts with local and regional companies and securing viable financial opportunities for its students.

Peak Technical Institute has had 50 students enrolled in one of its three programs in one week alone – UXO Global unexploded ordnance training, hospitality training and CDL. CDL training has quickly become Peak’s flagship program, bringing in a dozen new students each week. The CDL program has received a lot of positive feedback since the program’s inception, and approximately 80 percent of graduates are employed as a CDL driver.

“This is a great place to get your Class A commercial license. The instructors are the best and will get you ready for your new career,” student Eric Drake said. “I highly recommend this school for anyone that would like to get their Class A license. Thanks Peak for all your hard work getting me ready for the road.”

“I graduated from Peak in September 2015. The instructors are first class. While being tough, they will prepare you to be the best commercial driver possible,” Tony Campbell said. “Company after company loved that I attended Peak. I highly recommend them.”

In addition to training such motivated students seeking a career change, Peak has secured several trucking contracts to train company employees in logistics to attend CDL training at Peak Technical Institute.

“Safety is our No. 1 goal here at Peak Technical Institute, so we are pleased to come together with such mindful companies. Together we can give these truck drivers the very best tools with the education they need to operate safely and represent their company well,” Peak Institutional Director Blake Bancroft said. “We welcome any company operating their own trucking division to speak with us about any training opportunities for their staff.”

In an effort to help with financial burdens, Peak has secured several federal financial assistance programs to benefit its students. Peak Technical Institute is proud to be approved for Veterans training, including the post 9/11 G.I. Bill® and Vocational Rehabilitation. PTI is also an approved provider of WIOA benefits in Tennessee.

“These federal assistance programs ease the burden off the students so that they can completely focus on learning instead of worrying about how they will pay for their schooling,” Peak Technical Institute Programs Recruiter Steve Minton said. “This will further help expand our program offerings.”

Since its inception, Peak’s CDL student numbers have increased seven fold. While 43 students enrolled in fiscal year 2014-15, nearly 300 students graduated in 2016. The CDL program has already graduated more than 150 student so far this year, which equates to about 7 grads per week, and is set to graduate more students than ever before in the program’s history. In addition, approximately 80 percent of graduates are employed, which means better opportunities for the students and their families.

“When this program was created, we set out to change lives, and that’s just what we’ve done,” Program Director Gerald Wilson said. “As program director of Peak’s CDL program, I am proud of the evolution of this program, and we will keep moving forward.”

Peak continues to seek additional training contracts, financial options for students and opportunities for future growth.

Peak provides hands-on training in state of the art facilities, utilizing professionally developed courseware that have been vetted and approved by top-level industry experts. All programs are taught using a blend of classroom and hands-on training in a simulated or real life event. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission authorizes Peak Technical Institute for operation as a postsecondary educational institution.

Education remains close to heart of Peak President and CEO Dr. Eric W. Barton with involvement in higher education, Maryville College

Education has always remained close to the heart of Peak Technical Institute President and CEO Dr. Eric W. Barton, and while Dr. Barton continuously strives to give back to his community, he is especially honored to give back to higher education through local liberal arts institution Maryville College.

Dr. Barton has recently joined the Maryville College Class of 2016 Board of Directors, where Barton and his distinguished colleagues serve for the betterment and continual growth of the college and its students.

“I am so blessed to be able to serve our community with such a prestigious group of men and women,” Dr. Barton said. “Together we can accomplish so much for the betterment of educating the next generation.”

Eric Barton attends a recent Maryville College graduation as part of the board of directors.

Over recent years, Barton has donated to several local schools, community organizations whose sole mission is to benefit children. He has also given to and established several scholarship endowments, including the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Barton-Gambetta Scholarship at Kaskaskia College near Barton’s hometown of Sandoval, Ill., and the Tiffany Midyett Scholarship, which was established for Vanquish employees and their families in an effort to further drive education in Blount County and across America.

During Dr. Barton’s first year on the board of directors, he was honored to participate in Maryville College’s Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2016 in mid-May. Dr. Barton recently completed his own doctoral degree in business administration with a specialization in leadership from Walden University.

Vanquish, along with three other local businesses, made financial contributions to help make the new Maryville College career center a reality.

“A goal of mine since childhood was to earn the title Dr., the highest form of scholarship. Over the past 7+ years, my family and friends patiently supported my aspirations,” Dr. Barton said.

Peak Technical Institute, sister company Vanquish Worldwide and Dr. Barton were also excited to participate in the grand opening celebrations of a new career center on the Maryville College campus.

Vanquish, along with three other local businesses, made financial contributions to help make the new career center a reality. The career center conference room is named after Vanquish’s support and can serve a variety of functions for students as they prep for their careers.

“We hold education as a vital part of the success and well-being of individuals around the world,” Dr. Barton said.

BOBA Partners with Peak Technical Institute to Offer Professional Development Opportunities

Evolving to stay on track with its mission and better serve its members, Business Owners Benefits Association (BOBA) has recently partnered with world-renowned Peak Technical Institute to offer education and professional development opportunities as one of its four key BOBA Service Areas.

BOBA holds monthly member meetings, including networking and information sharing opportunities. BOBA members can also attend professional development and customized training seminars covering a variety of industry topics, including Communication Skills in the Workplace, Conflict Resolution, Dining for Business and more.

BOBA utilizes Jason King, Program Director and Instructor of Peak Technical Institute’s professional hospitality training, for professional development seminars. King, better known as “The English Butler,” has worked as a butler and estate manager on properties from Austria to the Hamptons and has trained the elite in residential, hospitality and the yachting industries and the British Embassy in D.C. From private islands to estates, and on international yachts, King has trained all over the world.

BOBA’s unique training partnership offers top-of-the-line educational practices and hands-on experience to prepare small businesses with The Tools You Need to Grow Your Dream®.

“I am thrilled to see the potential of this great partnership between BOBA and Peak flourish and benefit our small business community,” Dr. Eric W. Barton, BOBA’s president and CEO, said.

“These professional development opportunities help small business owners across the nation hone the art of business etiquette on a small business budget,” Barton continued. “This continues the BOBA mission of providing the beneficial benefits and tools to small business owners so they can focus on growing their business and in turn growing jobs and their local economies.”

In 2017, BOBA has also honed key BOBA Service Areas in:

  • 360° Insurance Solutions – Life & Health, General Liability, Worker’s Comp, Commercial Property & Commercial Auto, Colonial Life and Accident Insurance. BOBA collaborates with Colonial Life for Life & Health benefits for members, employees and their families and has expert advisors on staff. Members are also eligible for additional complementary services and discounts.
  • Merchant Services – Point of Sale (POS) Systems and Services, Mobile Smart Phone and Tablet Payment Processing, Fraud Prevention, I-Check Services, Email Invoicing, QuickBooks Integration and more.
  • Risk Management & Compliance Solutions – HR and Payroll Services, which include Time and Attendance Tracking, Payroll and Tax Compliance, HR and Benefits Administration, Recruiting, Hiring and Onboarding Services, Reporting and Analytics and ACA Solutions. Additionally, through BOBA’s automated benefits enrollment process, we can assist in making sure corporate documents are regularly reviewed and signed, so employee files are kept up to date.

DEMA Announces Association Expansion to Tennessee, Offers Additional Services for Members

Domestic Estate Management Association (DEMA), an international educational association for the private service community, is pleased to announce expansion of its member offerings worldwide with new office space in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The added space, with the support of existing DEMA offices in Michigan and Orlando, will open in early 2017. In partnership with local private occupational school Peak Technical Institute, DEMA will offer training workshops and program offerings in the hospitality and professional service industries, utilizing the magnificent Villa Collina mansion, the largest multimillion dollar home in the state of Tennessee.

DEMA is thrilled to have this opportunity to expand our support with this new DEMA location. With members throughout the U.S. and internationally, our new Knoxville office offers centrally-located support with new opportunities through the Villa Collina,” DE
MA President and Co-Founder Matthew Hack said.

The Villa Collina, constructed in the late 1990s, is a 36,720 square-foot mansion poised on 8 acres of rolling hills at the bank of the majestic Tennessee River in Knoxville, Tennessee. The beautiful Villa Collina features 50 rooms, including 8 bedrooms, 11 full bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools and features a host of unique entertaining amenities, including a 2,600 square-foot wine cellar, sauna, dance floor, exercise room, tri-level library, home theatre and staff quarters.

DEMA will utilize the estate for a variety of DEMA functions, including conferences, workshops and member gatherings.

“2017 is going to be an exceptionally exciting year for DEMA,” Vice President and Co-Founder Michael Wright said. “The Villa Collina is a beautiful piece of Tennessee history that will greatly benefit DEMA and its members.”

Prided as the largest private service professional association, DEMA has expanded to over 50 states and 18 countries to raise industry standards.

Peak Technical Institute’s UXO Global Program Completes Successful Inaugural Year in Tennessee, Looks Forward to Expanded Growth

Peak Technical Institute’s UXO Global program successfully rounded out its first year in Tennessee with a full set of classes among other successful milestones in the program’s inaugural year in its new facility.

UXO, providing Unexploded Ordnance Technician I training since 2009, relocated from Loveland, Colo., to Peak’s global headquarters in Maryville, Tenn., in early 2016, congregating all of Peak’s programs under one educational training facility to offer a centrally located classroom and field work setting for its UXO Tech I students.

“By pooling our resources at Peak Technical Institute’s global headquarters, we are able to offer our UXO students the very best resources from caring, knowledgeable staff at a top-notch facility that is centrally located for our student demographic,” Peak Technical Institute President and CEO Dr. Eric W. Barton said.

“Many of our students come from all over the U.S., Canada and even Puerto Rico to be trained as UXO Tech Is, so this move definitely keeps our students our No. 1 priority,” UXO Global Lead Instructor Mike Brantley said.

Our longstanding, experienced instructors Mike Brantley and Phil Clark, with a combined 50 years of experience in explosive ordnance disposal, continue to lead instruction in Tennessee. Throughout our existence, UXO Global has consistently trained highly capable UXO Tech I’s, with several program managers and USACE Representatives noting UXO Global graduates as being “exceptionally well-trained and qualified.”

UXO Global’s Tech I program was developed following the guidelines outlined in the Department of Defense’s Explosive Safety Board Technical Paper 18 “Minimum Qualifications for Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Technicians and Personnel.”

UXO Global has graduated nearly 500 students and has taught 36 classes since its founding in 2009. Throughout the course of the challenging four-week program, students student objects such as safety, explosives, unexploded ordnance from around the world, firing systems, range clearance operations and more. UXO Global also offers certifications in a 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operator & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) course in addition to their UXO Tech I certification.

To register for one of our 2017 courses, visit www.UXOGlobal.com or contact our admissions officer at Admissions@UXOGlobal.com.

Peak Technical Institute’s new Hospitality Programs prepare individuals for ‘exciting, rewarding’ careers, boost local economies

Maryville-based private occupational school Peak Technical Institute is pleased to announce the roll out of its newest hospitality and professional service courses Housekeeping Training and Food & Beverage Service starting in early 2017, preparing individuals for an exciting, rewarding career in a robust industry.

“Individuals can come here and change their careers and lives in just a matter of weeks in our hospitality programs,” Peak Technical Institute President and CEO Dr. Eric W. Barton said. “Imagine the impact we can make in Knoxville, Tennessee and the nation.”

Peak’s Housekeeping Training Program hones roles and responsibilities of a housekeeper/room attendant, reflecting high standards of work, customer service, personal hygiene/attributes, cleaning methods, rooms, housekeeping services, laundry, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and many more relevant topics. The Food & Beverage Service program prepares students in food and beverage service, hygienic food and beverage, resume writing 101, customer service and basic knowledge on understanding risks and preventative measures at work.

Both the Housekeeping and Food & Beverage Service programs are approved through the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

Program Director and Instructor Jason King said the two newest hospitality courses under the Peak brand are “revolutionary” for the region’s industry.

“These types of trainings are new and revolutionary for the hospitality industry, offering students a well-rounded education for whenever they start their new careers,” King said. “Students in our Food & Beverage, housekeeping or hospitality programs will graduate better prepared for the industry and will be one step ahead of their competition, increasing their potential for future success in this robust industry.”

Peak will be collaborating with the Greater Knoxville Hospitality Association and area Chambers of Commerce in an effort to place graduating students in successful, rewarding job opportunities.

GKHA, a nonprofit membership organization for hotels/lodging, restaurants, venues, attractions, services and suppliers of hospitality and tourism sectors, encompasses more than 9,000 lodging and hotel rooms within the Knoxville region of Knox, Anderson, Blount, Roane and Loudon counties.

“The hospitality industry is the No. 2 industry in the state of Tennessee,” GKHA Executive Director Jill Thompson said. “With 225 hotels in just the Knoxville area alone, this new program will not only be pivotal for individuals looking for a new career with vast opportunities but will also be beneficial for our local economies.”

For more information or to sign up, visit YouHaveArrived.com or contact Peak at 855-399-7325.

Vanquish Worldwide & Peak Technical Institute President and CEO Eric W. Barton makes Google Chromebook pledge for Mary Blount Elementary School: In conjunction with upcoming Leadership Blount pancake breakfast & St. Patrick’s Day fundraisers

Vanquish Worldwide President and CEO Eric W. Barton, along with the Leadership Blount Class of 2016, is hoping to raise much needed funds next month for Mary Blount Elementary School.

The class, which Barton is a member of, will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, March 5th at Barley’s Taproom on West Broadway in Maryville in an effort to raise money for more technologically advanced, integral learning tools for the school – Google Chromebooks. In addition, Barton is pledging to match funds for the Leadership Blount’s fundraising goal for the devices.

Each Leadership Blount class looks to make a charitable community contribution through a class project. When the Class of 2016 learned that Mary Blount students were in need of new Google Chromebooks for the classroom, they were eager to help by organizing a fundraising event, Susan Williams, with The Trust Company and a 2016 LB Class member, said.

“Part of the (Leadership Blount) program is you go around and you look at the charitable services in the community and then you try to pick a project,” Williams, who is spearheading the Leadership Blount Class of 2016 pancake fundraiser event, said. “We visited that school and 75 percent (of students) are on free and reduced lunch, but technology is just part of all the schools’ programs these days.”

The breakfast will include a hearty helping of pancakes, eggs, bacon, juice and coffee. Local celebrity servers will be assisting in hopes of raising extra money through waiter tips for the breakfast.

Leadership Blount Class of 2016 is hoping to raise $7,000-$10,000 through the pancake breakfast, Williams said.

“I’m so honored and excited to be a part of this local fundraising effort. I believe we as leaders in our Blount County community have a duty to serve our community,” Barton said. “What better way to serve than to raise money for technology and educational tools in our children’s classrooms?”

Tickets are on sale for $10 and can be purchased from any Class of 2016 Leadership Blount member. Tips and donations will also be accepted for the Chromebooks.

“These Google Chromebooks have become an integral part of learning for today’s growing minds. This technology meets the needs of students in a way that is meaningful to them,” Barton said. “I am confident that these students will be more prepared than ever for their future dreams, hopes and careers with this added learning tool.”

In conjunction with the pancake breakfast, The Leadership Blount Class of 2016 will also host a St. Patrick’s Day Party fundraiser to raise money for Chromebooks. The St. Patrick’s Day Party will be held from 6-10 p.m. Thursday, March 17th at Smith Family Life Center. “The Dirty Dougs” will be performing during the event-filled evening and beer will be provided by Maryville’s The Casual Pint. St. Patrick’s Day Party tickets cost $25, which includes wine, beer, a dinner buffet provided by Calhoun’s, an auction and more!

“As a community, if we pull together we can help our neighbors, if you will,” Williams said of a life lesson she hopes her fellow LB Class members learn from organizing the charity event. “We are very fortunate that a lot of the corporations and businesses in the area are so charitable.”

The class is also looking for local corporate sponsorships to meet their $37,000 goal for the project. Eric W. Barton is pledging a $10,000 match for Mary Blount Elementary if initial funds are raised from the pancake breakfast and St. Patrick’s Day Party.

“As owner of a quality higher education institute, Peak Technical Institute, which is located here in Blount County, investing in education has always remained close to my heart. I truly believe that contributing to the benefit and growth of our community all begins in our local classrooms,” Barton said. “I look forward to witnessing the positive outcomes that are going to be generated from these fundraisers.”

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