Tour of Wisconsin Schools ~ from Lisa Kraft

It was an honor to be invited to participate in the COWS (Counselors Observing Wisconsin Schools) Tour this April 2017 to visit 5 exceptional college campuses:
Marquette University, Beloit College, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ripon College, and Lawrence University.
A big thank you to each institution ~ what fantastic opportunities exist for our students!

In just one short week I experienced, as students shared, three different seasons, which included glorious sunshine, some rain, and yes, even snow. But none of the weather patterns took away the beauty and history of each campus.

Students at each campus beamed as they shared their experiences. From the larger university settings of UW Madison and Marquette, to the small liberal arts college environments of Beloit, Ripon and Lawrence, this trip reaffirmed my belief that there is truly a school out there to fit eachIMG_3962 student.

Here is a picture from each campus (clockwise from top right: Marquette, Beloit, UW Madison, Ripon, Lawrence).

~Posted by Lisa Kraft, Professional Educational Counselor, Buckley Education

Thank you to Swiss Education Group

It’s been just over a week since I returned from an information packed trip to Montreux, Switzerland.  While my name tag indicated Canada as my country of origin, I can attest that I proudly call the United States my home of citizenship.  The Swiss Education Group shared the unique aspects for four programs, all focusing on the hospitality industry.  For our Buckley Education students interested in pursuing their love of travel, the fascination with varied cultures, their curiosity in learning other languages and most importantly for our students interested in  meeting people from all over the planet; this field is for you. The Swiss are known for educating those interested in the hospitality industry and if you want to know more ~ just give us a call!

Jean-Marie Buckley

Jean-Marie Buckley

Montreux, Switzerland doesn’t disappoint

As I compose this, please know that the lands of Switzerland, here on the edge of Lake Geneva are beyond words.  The beauty of the landscape spectacular and the hospitality without comparison. Speaking of hospitality, today was our first day visiting two programs within the seven programs offered within the Swiss Education Group.

Cesar Ritz College and Culinary Arts Academy provided an extraordinary understanding of the details required to provide a first class, five star, world recognized hospitality experience.  From the moment I entered, every detail was accounted for.  From the offering of a delectable cafe, to touring the Ritz museum, to witnessing the school’s practical academic infrastructure to completing our visit with a fine dining experience (see the Buckley Education facebook posting), I left knowing the student I would recommend.

The Swiss Hotel Management School, otherwise referred to as SHMS, focuses on the management side of operating any aspect of the hospitality industry.  While the thought might be the hotel industry, students are prepared for the fields of Event Planning, Spa and Resort Management and truly any aspect of a customer’s needs. Students are required to learn two languages during their education and quickly understand the value of language proficiency in more than one language.

Here are a few pictures of the beauty of Montreux, Switzerland:

A view in Montreux, Switzerland A panoramic view from Caux Palace Caux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland

Switzerland ~ A Tour of Swiss Colleges

As Principal of Buckley Education and the founder of the Bay Area’s IECA Regional Group, I am honored to be invited by the Swiss Education Group to visit four colleges in Switzerland.  I’ll blog along the way and provide detailed pictures and a review of each college, programs as well as the surrounding beauty of Switzerland.  I’ll begin my journey staying in Montreux at the Grand Hotel Swiss Majestic.

Hotel Grand Swiss Majestic

Hotel Grand Swiss Majestic


Shifting the focus of our Blog

We are leaders in the field of education.  As such, we wanted to be transparent with our happenings, both inside the walls of our practice and the work we are doing on behalf of our students and their families.  As such, we’ll provide daily posts of our happenings.  We hope you enjoy!

On March 29, 2017 Buckley Ed hosted the first San Francisco Bay Area IECA networking meeting.  DePaul University Admission Representative, Sarah Hense met with us for an hour to review the unique qualities of DePaul’s location, programs and admission practices.

Here’s our first ‘selfie’, taken at the end of our meeting.  From left to right:
Karen Zhang, Jennifer Wilson Taylor, Sarah Hense (DePaul), Pip Sanders, Vicki Kleinman, Leslie Cohen, JeanMarie Buckley & Lisa Kraft.

Our first meeting held on March 29, 2017. Jean Marie Buckley Lisa Kraft Leslie Cohen Pip Sanders Jennifer Williams Taylor Vicki Kleinman Karen Zhang Not Shown: Christine Southgate

Our first meeting held on March 29, 2017.
Jean Marie Buckley
Lisa Kraft
Leslie Cohen
Pip Sanders
Jennifer Williams Taylor
Vicki Kleinman
Karen Zhang
Not Shown:
Christine Southgate


A Quote from Winston Churchill

We are in interesting times and as an educator, I believe that positivity will guide us and move us forward.  This quote resonated with me on this beautiful Friday afternoon.  The sun is shining after historic rainfall in the San Francisco Bay Area and I wish for a positively influenced weekend.

“A Pessimist Sees The Difficulty In Every Opportunity.  An Optimist Sees the Opportunity In Every Difficulty.”
Winston Churchill

Clouds and Blue Sky

Clouds and Blue Sky