CLASSES START AUG. 24 AT WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA’S NEW
PREMIER LEARNING AND CONFERENCE CENTER, THE REGIONAL LEARNING
WARRENDALE, Pa. – The Regional Learning Alliance at Cranberry
Woods opens Tuesday [Aug. 24], bringing 11 of western
Pennsylvania’s leading education providers under one roof to
provide workforce training and degree programs. The first
alliance of its kind in the region and a national model, partner
institutions will have 38 classes in session by Sept. 1.
Slippery Rock University shepherded development of the
76,000-square foot, one-stop learning center, 20 miles north of
Pittsburgh in Marshall Township. A grand opening is scheduled
for Oct. 15.
In addition to Slippery Rock, education partners include Penn
State University (Beaver and New Kensington campuses), Robert
Morris University, Carlow College, Pittsburgh Technical Institute,
Triangle Tech, Geneva College, La Roche College, DeVry University,
the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Butler County Community
College. They lease classroom space.
“We expect this collaboration to become a model for the
rest of the country,” Mitch Seltzer, Regional Learning
Alliance general manager, said. “It’s a one-stop
learning center and a huge investment in the betterment of our
The innovative concept provides ancillary services to make
education and professional development significantly more effective
and as convenient as possible, he said. A child development
center, wellness center and on-site food services complement a
70-seat, triple-screen lecture/theater, videoconferencing systems
in all 28 classrooms, computer labs and library.
Carlow starts classes on Tuesday. Most of the other partners
start the following week. SRU will offer 20 classes there this
While most college courses will be offered in the evening, the
alliance will be open during the day as a professional conference
and business-training center, Seltzer said.
The alliance meets certification standards set by the
International Association of Conference Centers. That means it
includes amenities conducive to hosting business seminars, such as
telephone and Internet connections and amplified sound.
"Our focus is not only to help new businesses come into the
area, but to support the industries already here," he said. "We
recognize that a strong region depends upon a strong, highly
skilled workforce. The Regional Learning Alliance is our
investment toward this.”
The Regional Learning Alliance is a non-profit
corporation created in support of Slippery Rock University to
develop the Regional Learning Alliance Conference and Learning