Announcing the Lackawanna College Sunbury Center
SUNBURY, Pa. – Lackawanna College will expand its life-changing educational opportunities to another area of Northeastern Pennsylvania when it opens its Sunbury Center for the Fall 2017 semester, officials announced on May 17, 2017. Located in the Sunbury Plaza, 1125 N. 4th Street, the Sunbury Center will increase Lackawanna’s footprint beyond its established campus in Scranton and satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda.
The College’s hallmarks – focused class sizes, progressive curriculum, and unparalleled student support – will expand higher education opportunities for students in Northumberland County, the Central Susquehanna Valley, and its surrounding regions.
“We are excited at the opportunity to partner with the Sunbury community and the greater Northumberland County region to offer access to workforce development and higher education programs for area residents,” Lackawanna College President Mark Volk said. “Our mission, from the establishment of the college in 1894, has been to provide access for individuals who seek to better themselves and the communities they serve at affordable prices. Our new center will do just that.”
Lackawanna’s entry into Sunbury has already been met with the approval of local elected officials.
“The City of Sunbury sits between two universities and has been searching for a college to partner with to enhance our community for many years. The addition of higher educational opportunities within Sunbury will have a very positive impact as we work together into the future,” Sunbury Mayor David L. Persing said.
“As the mayor of Sunbury, I am very excited to become involved with an established college of character and affordability. I believe Lackawanna College will have a life-changing impact on our citizens and those through Northumberland County and neighboring counties for many years to come.”
“This area has been looking to fill a void for many, many years. Sometimes, opportunities present themselves when you’re not expecting it. I think this is a really terrific, unexpected gift for our area,” Pa. Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Rockefeller Township) added. “We are in an area that’s growing with a lot of infrastructure changes, and I think this is a great time for this kind of partnership.”
Schlegel Culver is one of a number of elected officials who has met with College administrators over the last several months as plans were finalized to introduce a brand new center.
“As we’ve progressed through this process, you could see that this is going to be a good fit. The more people found out that this was a possibility, the more they were excited about not having to travel through heavy traffic for a half an hour, 40 minutes, or more,” she said. “Our area has strong advocates for early childhood education, but with that comes the responsibility of continuing to provide for them as they grow in their education and their adult life. Lackawanna is investing in our communities, our families, and the growth of our area.”
In addition to increasing access to an accredited institution of higher education, Schlegel Culver said that neighboring agencies could be poised to become strong community partners with the College in order to benefit the community at large.
The Sunbury Center comes at a time of tremendous growth for Lackawanna College. As it continues to provide associate degree and professional certificates, the College will also welcome its first class of bachelor’s degree-seeking students in Business, Criminal Justice, and Human Services in the Fall 2017 semester at its main campus in Scranton. The associate degree programs to be offered in Sunbury will offer students direct paths into those new bachelor’s degree programs.
Interested students should contact the Office of Admissions at (570) 961-7898 or visit www.lackawanna.edu/sunbury for more information.