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American Institute Grand Opening in Franklin Township

Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts and Campus President Jamil Gilmer cutting ribbon Credits: Malik A. Lyons
Ribbon cutting Credits: Malik A. Lyons
Campus President Jamil Gilmer Credits: Malik A. Lyons
Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts Credits: Malik A. Lyons
City of Plainfield Councilman Barry N. Goode, Sr. Credits: Malik A. Lyons

Somerset, NJ — On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, American Institute celebrated the Grand Opening of a new campus located in Somerset, NJ. The Somerset campus is the third location in New Jersey for the American Institute family of schools, and begins career training with the first classes of students in January and February.   

The Somerset County Business Partnership and Franklin Township City Council attended and participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the event. Toms River, NJ campus’ Massage Therapy Program Director, Caroline Weinerman, brought students to provide chair massages at the event, and attendees enjoyed a relaxing break during the festivities. 

Lisa Fortunado graduated American Institute from the Toms River campus and became a certified medical assistant. “I am now back to get my license as a massage therapist because it goes hand and hand with each other,” Fortunado said. “With hard work and dedication, you can become anything you want.”

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Campus President Jamil Gilmer noted, “I love seeing students engage and interact with our community and how proud they are when they are able to practice their new skills and then are praised for doing it well. It’s why I am so passionate about what we do at American Institute; seeing people grow and learn and change in positive ways each and every day is what keeps me going. I’m proud to be bringing this opportunity to those in the Somerset county area who are looking to make a positive change in 2017.” 

Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Coutts, added, “At the heart of what we do at American Institute is a passion to help people change their lives, and it’s exciting to bring that opportunity to the Somerset county area. Our graduates will be assisting our families and communities when they see the doctor, dentist, or need massage therapy or office administrative help, and we’re passionate about making sure we provide the best possible training experience we can as we help them pursue their new career so they are well prepared as they head into the field. As future employers of our students and graduates, the support from our local business community in the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce and Somerset County Business Partnership is an important aspect of our future here in Somerset, and I’m grateful for all those who were able to join us today for our Grand Opening celebration.” 

Said Chief Financial Officer, Stephen Schwartz, “We’re excited to expand our family of schools into another community in New Jersey, and we’re thankful for the support of our local community in helping us celebrate the new campus. We look forward to expanding our partnerships in the Somerset area in the months and years ahead.”   

American Institute has locations in Somerset, NJ, Toms River, NJ, Clifton, NJ, and Margate, FL, in addition to the West Hartford, CT main campus.  American Institute strives to be an outstanding provider of hands‐on career training in the communities they serve, with a focus on student success and outcomes and community partnership. It is their mission to provide quality distance and on‐site education, realistic laboratory experiences, and hands‐on experiences in field‐appropriate facilities. American Institute enables students to develop and exhibit the professional skills, personal behaviors, and a record of reliability necessary to successfully obtain entry‐level employment. For more information regarding the American Institute Family of Schools, please visit us at www.americaninstitute.edu  

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