Mission and History
Lackawanna College’s mission is to provide a quality education to all persons who seek to improve their lives and better the communities in which they live.
The College’s vision is to be the nationally recognized premier open-enrollment college of choice.
Lackawanna’s core values include a commitment to:
- Remaining an affordable open-enrollment college which offers both associate and bachelor level degrees; and
- Providing a rigorous, engaging, and transferable education that exceeds academic expectations for students at all learning levels;
- Ensuring excellent educational opportunities for students academically underprepared for college-level work;
- Nurturing students’ sense of self-worth and capacity to make a difference;
- Cultivating and maintaining active partnerships with our regional community, including other educational institutions, businesses, and nonprofit agencies; and
- Delivering high-quality degree and non-degree programs that prepare students to succeed in the workforce.
The College has undergone several identity changes since its foundation in 1894, including its history as the Lackawanna Business College.
Lackawanna College’s mission, since its foundation in 1894, has always been to train future generations of hard-working professionals.
That was true in its earliest days, when Lackawanna was known as the Scranton Business College, an institution that supported Scranton’s emergence as the hub of the nation’s coal industry.
Just as the College worked to train administrative and fiscal managers in the late 19th century, new programs and courses of education help prepare our students for the demands of the 21st century workforce.
Our roots in Scranton and across northeastern Pennsylvania run deep. Noted regional educator John H. Seeley purchased the Scranton Business College in 1912, and, through a merger with his own Lackawanna Business College, created the Scranton Lackawanna Business College and built a new campus in the city’s downtown.
Through the addition of civil service courses and a concerted effort to train women professionals in the era surrounding World War II, the College proved that it could effectively change to the adapting needs of the region. After the war, further changes were made in order to meet the needs of returning veterans.
Chartered as Lackawanna Junior College in 1957, course offerings were expanded to include the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. The Pennsylvania Department of Education also granted Lackawanna the right to award associate degrees.
The College has satellite centers in New Milford, Hazleton, Hawley, and Towanda, but its role in the city of Scranton has become stronger than ever. Since the purchase and renovation of the former Scranton Central High School building from 1994 to 1996, Lackawanna has added residential housing facilities, a state-of-the-art Student Union, and other elements to its expanding downtown campus.
The College is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which allows our students to transfer their credits to other accredited institutions. It features an open admissions policy and, in addition to its academic degree programs, offers non-credit continuing education courses. Lackawanna also operates the EMS Academy and the Police Academy, which teach the subjects vital to those professions.