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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (November 9, 2011) —Two Catholic institutions in the north hills, Vincentian Academy and La Roche College, have signed a letter of understanding that will benefit students and employees of both institutions.

Vincentian Academy students will have access to La Roche College’s state-of-the-art library which includes 40,000 online journal titles, 90,000 E-Books, and 110,000 academic volumes. Athletic fields and facilities and conferencing resources are also being made available, on a limited basis, to Vincentian Academy, as are Vincentian’s facilities for La Roche purposes.

In addition, La Roche and Vincentian employees’ children will now be able to enroll while receiving a 50 percent tuition reduction at each other’s institutions.

“With our institutional missions in such consonance, and our locations so close together, it seemed a natural partnership to forge and we are excited by the prospects,” said Dr. Howard Ishiyama, vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at La Roche College, a 1400-student Catholic liberal arts college in McCandless, PA.

“Vincentian Academy is delighted to be associated with neighboring La Roche College. La Roche is a gem of a college in western Pennsylvania and now our students will benefit from its superb facilities,” said John Fedko, Vincentian Academy’s president.

Vincentian Academy and La Roche College are similar institutions, both emphasizing a global and international experience in their respective curricula and co-curricula. Both institutions also attract students from abroad to study in the U.S. at their respective schools. Vincentian Academy is one of only a few schools in Pittsburgh that incorporates the prestigious international baccalaureate program into their high school curriculum. In 2011, La Roche College was named by the Princeton Review as “One of the Best Colleges in the Northeast” for the seventh year running. La Roche was the recipient of the 2010 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for innovation in international education.

For more information, please contact Howard J. Ishiyama, Ph.D., at 412-536-1282 or

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well-being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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