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.
INPAX's live-fire classes take place at an outdoor range located in North Versailles.
Instructors can supply handgun rentals during live-fire classes.
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.
Jazzercise, a funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen, sculpts muscles, boosts energy, and sheds pounds during 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching. It incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Class formats vary too, including special Jazzercises geared to sculpt your bod or literally make you slightly better at saxophone playing. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
The Real You Wellness Center's highly trained health coaches assist clients in adopting healthy-living practices by promoting decisions and choices tailored to each individual's lifestyle. Nutrition professionals elucidate the art of healthy living through classes brimming with cooking demonstrations, samples, recipes, and reasons why "round" is not a food group. Friends pair up for an evening of hors d'oevres, smoothies, and stress-busting relaxation activities with Girls Night Out Healthy Happy Hour, or sit-in on the Gluten-Free Living class to nosh on easily digestible munchies.
At Corks and Canvases, local artists demonstrate how to paint vivid scenes while students sip their favorite wines. After passing out canvases and supplies, teachers guides attendees aged 15 and older stroke-by-stroke through the process of creating projects such as a Van Gogh–inspired starry night over Pittsburgh or a sailboat as it floats at sunset. At BYOB classes, they invite guests to uncork a vintage and nibble snacks brought from home. The studio also hosts bachelor or bachelorette parties, fundraising events, and family nights that let kids and their smartest stuffed animals paint alongside adults.
In 2009, the Duquesne Dukes men's basketball team put their own spin on the annual March Madness. Defying the odds, the team made an unprecedented run to the Atlantic 10 conference championship game and followed that with its first berth in the NIT since 1994. The resulting whirlwind brought plenty of media attention to a university that otherwise prefers to stay off the beaten path. Sprawled across a serene 43-acre hilltop campus, Duquesne University hosts 16 Division I athletic teams in sports such as soccer, track and field, and women's volleyball, and since the school's inception, the Dukes' colors of red and blue have remained the same, unlike a chameleon that constantly changes its favorite movie.