October 2, 2009
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
Regional Learning Alliance marks five years
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - The Regional Learning Alliance learning and conference facility, conceived and developed by Slippery Rock University, will mark its fifth anniversary of service with an open house reception from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 15 at the facility's Cranberry Woods home.
"It will be informal and just a way to say thank you to all who have participated," said Justin Griffiths, executive director at the facility. "President [Robert] Smith, will offer remarks and thank those who have been involved in the facility's success." Smith is president at SRU.
The RLA, which has promoted economic development in western Pennsylvania by providing corporate training opportunities to more than 500 companies as well as classes for thousands of college students, recently marked a milestone of providing 1 million people hours of professional development training at the facility.
Opened in August of 2004, the RLA was created to help provide western Pennsylvania businesses with workforce training facilities. Among the region's companies that have already taken advantage of the facility for training its workers are Westinghouse Electric Corp., H.J. Heinz Co., MSA, McKesson Automation Corp., Verizon Wireless, PPG Industries, MEDRAD Inc. and Siemens Water Technologies.
Westinghouse, which is building a new corporate headquarters that will employ some 3,000, is located within a mile of the RLA and has said the fact the facility was so close played a role in its decision to locate its plant in western Pennsylvania.
In addition to state-of-the-art classrooms, the RLA offers package pricing, 28 wireless meeting rooms and can accommodate up to 350 people for conferences. Each room includes a screen, LCD projector, computer, speakers and microphones. The RLA is a LEED Silver green building and is the only facility in western Pennsylvania to exceed all certifications of the International Association of Conference Centers.
Food service options are also available to aid in conference and workshop planning.
"In its five years of operations, the RLA has provided an investment in the entire region by enhancing employees' job skills and academic credentials," Griffith said. He cited year-to-year growth; noting more than 500 organizations have developed their employees at the RLA.
The RLA, in the Cranberry Woods Office Park straddling Cranberry Tonwhip in Butler County and Marshall Township in Allegheny County, has 14 higher education partners. They are Butler County Community College, Carlow University, DeVry University, Cannon University Geneva College, La Roche College, NOVA Southeastern University, Pennsylvania State University (Beaver and New Kensington), Pittsburgh Technical Institute, Robert Morris University, Strayer University, West Virginia University and Slippery Rock University.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.