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Peak Technical Institute educates 1,590 students, contributes $1 million-plus to community since 2009

MARYVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maryville, Tennessee-based Peak Technical Institute would like to congratulate its 1,590-plus graduates over its eight years of operation. We are proud to have helped propel these students into the careers of their dreams. As of January 2018, Peak is no longer enrolling new students.

Operating as a comprehensive state-of-the-art training institute since 2009, Peak provided an unparalleled commitment to its students, using a blend of classroom and hands-on training in a simulated or real-life environment and supplying the tools needed to make the most out of its students’ chosen career paths. Peak Technical Institute held certificate-granting programs in commercial driver training (Class A CDL), unexploded ordnance, professional household management, enlisted aide training and equine-assisted leadership training.

Commercial Driver Training (Class A CDL)
Peak’s CDL training quickly became the school’s flagship program, growing its student base seven-fold since the program’s inception. In addition to training new truck drivers, the CDL program worked in conjunction with sister company, Vanquish Logistics, to provide solid in-house CDL training for its over the road line haul asset-based transportation and logistics operation.

In recent years, the family of companies owned by Dr. Eric Barton has tailored its conglomerate business focus and sold several sister companies as growing, profitable entities, including several businesses in the transportation industry. These booming asset-based transportation providers support FedEx Ground as a subcontractor for pickup and delivery and over the road line haul services in both the Nashville and Knoxville markets. In addition, the entities held large contracts with Nissan, C.H. Robinson, Lamtech and other clients.

Professional Household Management Training
Throughout its years of educating the next generation, Peak has been fully committed to nurturing students’ education and future careers. Peak Technical Institute has awarded scholarships or forgiven student debt totaling $895,550.31, influencing not only the lives of the students, but also their families and their livelihoods. Peak is proud to announce that 85 percent of its graduates were placed in lifelong careers, many of whom earn $50,000 a year plus benefits in their new careers.

Peak also secured partnerships with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) and G.I. Bill® (Veterans Training) to secure education funding for students in need. Dozens of students attended Peak Technical Institute utilizing WIOA or Veterans Training funding benefits.

Unexploded Ordnance Training
Additionally, Peak donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to its beloved community, including monetary and labor donations to Blount County Habitat for Humanity, charity golf tournaments, United Way of Blount County and other local charitable organizations over the years. Peak was even a major sponsor of the Kentucky Derby in 2015.

Peak has now sold its educational training programs. Graduates of Peak Technical Institute are encouraged to reach out directly to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission should they need assistance in the future with their certificates earned at Peak. We wish all of our graduates the best of luck in all of their future endeavors.

Equine-assisted Leadership Training
Enlisted Aide Training

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.

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.