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PITTSBURGH, Dec. 18, 2013 – In the summer of 2014, La Roche College will provide innovative training for graduates and working professionals to begin an exciting career in humanitarian and emergency aid.

From June 2 to June 6, 2014, La Roche’s Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Program will offer Essentials of Humanitarian Aid Training, a course for students to participate in emergency response simulations, hands-on exercises and classroom work. Room and board at La Roche’s main campus in the North Hills are included in the program costs.

Participants in the five-day training program also have the opportunity to enroll in an extended version of the program from June 2 to June 14. Following the five-day training, the extended program will focus on specialized areas such as project management, international guidelines for action, and focus areas in humanitarian aid. The extended program will feature movie forums, guest lectures and a two-day field visit to Washington, D.C.

The Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Program is the brainchild of Jeff Ritter, Ph.D., and Astrid Kersten, Ph.D., two La Roche professors who have worked in training and development programs overseas.

“It is essential for humanitarian aid workers to not only understand the crisis that has happened, but the types of issues that they will face as a result,” Dr. Jeff Ritter said. “We want to provide practical, skill-based training to prepare students for working in this context. Our goal is to create team builders and problem solvers.”

La Roche will offer the Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Program by partnering with RedR UK, one of the world’s premier training organizations. The program will develop the core competencies of understanding human rights and humanitarian contexts, principles and law, working collaboratively to achieve results, and ensuring safety and security under conditions of pressure and change. In addition to RedR UK training, students will have access to the practical experience and knowledge of local and regional experts in disaster relief and humanitarian aid.

Harvard, MIT and Fordham University are the only other colleges and universities in the U.S. to offer introductory training programs in the humanitarian and emergency aid field.

Applicants must hold a college degree or be in the process of earning one to be eligible. Visit to apply before March 15 to receive an early discount. For more information, call 412-536-1027 or email

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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