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September 24, 2021

La Roche Introduces Center for Lifelong Learning and Fall Pilot Courses

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 24, 2021 – Adults of all ages and backgrounds now have opportunities to expand their minds and social circles through La Roche University’s Center for Lifelong Learning.

Established this year, the Center for Lifelong Learning empowers learners of all ages by offering high-quality, flexible and adaptable programs to serve and meet the needs of Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. The Center offers a variety of engaging and interactive classes, workshops and community programs for both retirement-aged individuals, youth and professionals at various stages of their careers.

Sister Candace Introcaso, CDP, Ph.D., president of La Roche, said, “The development of a vibrant Lifelong Learning Center holds great potential for La Roche. With an ever-growing population of retirees in the North Hills who are searching for educational and social enhancements to their lives, creating an intergenerational community has the potential to reap benefits to both retirees and the University community.”

This fall the Center will launch pilot courses as part of Adventures in Lifelong Learning, a membership-based program for adults 50 and better. Members can learn for the fun of learning in a relaxed environment without assignments, exams or grades.

The following courses, ranging from art and history to fitness and philosophy, will kick off starting this October.


Mondays: Oct. 18-Nov. 15
Folk Art
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Frances Halley


The Prophets: The Conscience of Israel
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Instructor: Ed Bobinchock, Ph.D.


Tuesdays: Oct. 19-Nov. 16
Fitness Sampler
2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D.


Wednesdays: Oct. 20-Nov. 17
Great Decisions
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jennifer Engel, M.S., MPPM


Animal Rights
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Instructor: Joshua Bellin, Ph.D.


Thursdays: Oct. 21-Nov. 18
The Gettysburg Campaign
1 to 3 p.m.
Instructor: David Albert


For course descriptions and to register, please visit

Learn more about the Center and Adventures in Lifelong Learning at

About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.