Personal Development in Pittsburgh

$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

$3,595 $99

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

$99 for a Complete CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ IT-Certification Bundle from IT University Online ($2,695 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

$2,695 $99

Expert lectures, multimedia aids, and exam simulators aid in three courses, strengthening resumés and enhancing marketability

$39 for Lifetime Access to Online Reading Tutoring for Up to Three Children at Red Apple Reading (Up to $169 Value)

Red Apple Reading

Online Deal

$169 $39

Children improve their reading and writing skills with an online series of educational games and videos aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds

$49 for Three Months of Access to Live Webinars on Communication Skills and Leadership from Dale Carnegie ($1,089 Value)

Dale Carnegie

Online Deal

$1,089 $49

Over 3 months, participants enlist in online courses that cover such topics as personal effectiveness, leadership, and communication skills

$99 for An On-Demand ITIL Foundation Course at IT Training Zone ($299 Value)

IT Training Zone

Online Deal

$299 $99

While studying at your own pace, learn everything from ITIL terminology to concepts and processes

Kids' Camp for Video-Game Design, 3D Printing, Robotics, Animation, or App Design from Instant Robotics (50% Off)

Instant Robotics

Pittsburgh

$130 $65

Campers develop an online game, 3D-print objects, build and program robots, create short animated films with Legos, or design a mobile app

$120 for a 60-Hour Pennsylvania Real-Estate Licensing Course at Northwood Realty Services ($340 Value)

Northwood Realty Services

Multiple Locations

$340 $120

Real-estate licensing course prepares future salespeople for their exam with real-estate law, math, terminology, and licensing material

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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

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

As a devoted seamstress for more than a quarter-century, it goes without saying that Tameka Reed was jarred to discover the local schools had removed sewing from their home-economics curricula. Finding opportunity in her dismay, Reed opened Urban Stitches to introduce sewing to people of all ages and to create a community for avid sewers. Classes help guests of all ages hone their skills, and studio time allows visitors to rent out the shop's sewing machines for their own projects.

3948 Monroeville Bld; Suite 1
Pittsburgh,
PA
US

Manhattan Elite Prep's staff of teachers and consultants carries firsthand experience navigating the complicated labyrinth of school admissions. Some were students whose high test scores and poignant essays got them into top PhD and Ivy League MBA programs. Some consultants served on admissions committees of coveted schools and know what experience, qualities, and acrobatic feats make student applications stand out. Now, this team of insiders at a firm with more than 10 years of experience pools its knowledge to help students who are serious about acing tests and placing in their top schools. They emphasize efficiency, packing as much information as they can into the time allotted, and exceeding beyond minimum requirements. Courses covering entrance tests teach students to work smarter, ruling out wrong answers and budgeting their time wisely, and essay consultants pare down applications to deliver rich content in a limited word count. Customers may complete classes online or interact in-person with their instructors as well as fellow students.

1 Bigelow Sq
Pittsburgh,
PA
US