Career Certifications in Allison Park

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The Range

INPAX's live-fire classes take place at an outdoor range located in North Versailles.

The Rentals

Instructors can supply handgun rentals during live-fire classes.

At a Glance

Led by founder, author, and former US Marine Corps member Sam Rosenberg, the teaching crew at INPAX shares its expertise with amateurs and federal agents, SWAT teams, and dignitary-protection teams. The instructors' signature, systematic self-defense methods, which have been featured on various national and local news-media outlets, are the product of more than 15 years of research. Rather than asking their clients to understand martial-arts moves or dedicate years to training, they teach them how to understand basic movements and ways to identify threats that can keep them from becoming victims. In addition to these tactics, they also instruct students on basic and advanced techniques for handling firearms, spending time both in the classroom and on the range.

Multiple locations PO Box 21
Allison Park,
PA
US

Sorin Achim is a master of robotics. After gaining a degree in electrical engineering from the Romanian Department of Defense, he served as a robotics research engineer at Carnegie Mellon University and received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for his contributions to the design of mobile robots.

With these accomplishments in hand, Achim founded Instant Robotics with one mission?"to translate robotics language into plain English." He teaches adults how to implement robotics into a variety of fields ranging from industry to the military. His advice touches on using medical automated systems in health care, blending robots with artistic media, preventing the robots from taking control, and engaging with robotics as a teaching tool in schools.

For a more hands-on environment, Instant Robotics' summer camps bring advanced technologies to children. In one-week sessions, students can build their own robots, create their own animated films using Legos, print three-dimensional objects, design a video game, or develop a mobile app. The camps conclude with a mini movie festival or a robotic battle for the last can of WD-40.

PO Box 38461
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

The Range

Instructors train students at Chippewa's Beaver Valley Rifle and Pistol Club, which encompasses a 50-yard indoor pistol and rifle range as well as outdoor facilities, including a 200-yard rifle range.

The Rentals

Visitors may use their own firearms; instructors can also supply select firearms rentals such as shotguns.

At a Glance

When he worked as an educator for the Afghanistan Border Police, John A. Brown trained more than 5,000 people in the proper use of various weapons. Today, he puts his knowledge to use stateside, serving as the owner and lead instructor for 3 Rivers Tactical Training Solutions, Inc. Along with fellow instructor Matt Breen?a retired law enforcement officer and SWAT operator?Mr. Brown leads courses for handguns, shotguns, and rifles.

400 North Lexington Street
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Retiring as the Executive Director of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit after spending more than 40 years in education, Dr. Joseph Lagana couldn't resign himself to just wile away his new excess of free time. With firsthand knowledge of the effects of homelessness on the region's schools, Joe funneled his passion and efforts into creating the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, a nonprofit committed to the advocacy, education, and direct assistance of children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County. Since its beginning as a humble learning center—just three computers in a closet—Homeless Children’s Education Fund has grown to include 11 facilities where children and their parents can access the Internet as well as find much-needed support through emergency shelters and transitional housing.

2100 Smallman St
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

In the late 1970s, career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's particular set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.

Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality, encouraging pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.

6563 Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh,
PA
US