La Roche College to Provide Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Training in 2016

Updated on February 17, 2016

In May 2016 La Roche College will offer its annual Global Development and Humanitarian Aid Training Program to prepare individuals to assist in global emergencies.

“The fields of humanitarian aid and global development are growing and becoming more professionalized,” Assistant Director of Global Engagement Charlotte Reed, Ph.D., said.  “In 2013 we began this training to offer a quality and low-cost alternative for current humanitarian aid workers, recent graduates and working professionals who may want to embark on a career or volunteer service in these areas. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate, referrals to field work and the potential for credit for undergraduate or graduate coursework.”

Designed for those who want to enter the field of humanitarian and emergency aid, the program provides specialized instruction in disaster relief response, sustainable humanitarian aid and global development. Partnering with RedR UK, one of the world’s premier training organizations, La Roche allows students from all over the world to gain knowledge from local and regional experts while participating in introductory training and hands-on simulations. Room and board at the College’s main campus in the North Hills are included in the cost of tuition.

May 16-20: The Essentials of Humanitarian Aid Training – In collaboration with RedR UK, this course focuses on the key competencies in the field, explores case studies and includes emergency response simulations. Participants receive a Certificate in Essentials in Humanitarian Practice.  

May 16-27: Extended Training – The extended version of the program features the five-day course, plus preparation in specialized areas such as project management, international guidelines for action and focus areas of humanitarian aid. The extended program includes movie forums, guest lectures, team activities and visits to humanitarian aid organizations in Pittsburgh. Participants will receive the certificate from RedR UK and a Certificate in Global Development and Humanitarian Aid from La Roche College. 

May 22-27: Online Plus – This option is a unique and flexible program that includes a curated selection of online courses, the majority of which must be completed prior to the training and simulations. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive online certificates and a Certificate in Global Development and Humanitarian Aid from La Roche College. 

“This program is a life-changing experience. It’s amazing to find a group of professionals willing to train others,” former participant Isaac Moore said. “The program is an eye-opener, and the simulations are amazing. There are a lot of resource materials and opportunities to meet people from different walks of life.”

Applicants must hold a college degree or be in the process of earning one to be eligible. Visit to apply by April 20. For more information please contact Dr. Charlotte Reed at 412-536-1215 or [email protected].

About La Roche College: A private liberal arts college in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs and one doctorate program, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences, as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential college provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,500 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 College 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 College educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society. 

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