Dedicating the new Lackawanna College Sunbury Center
SUNBURY – Members of the Greater Susquehanna Valley welcomed Lackawanna College to the city of Sunbury with literal open arms as College administrators and local elected officials held a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new Sunbury Center, 1145 N. 4th St., on Monday, July 31, 2017.
With arms outstretched, Sunbury Mayor David Persing recalled the nearly 20-year effort to bring a college presence to the city.
“I want to come up here with open arms, and I want to welcome Lackawanna to the city of Sunbury,” Persing said. “The opportunity that the city of Sunbury and the Susquehanna Valley has from the investment that Lackawanna has put in with us is huge.”
The new facility adds to Lackawanna’s footprint in Northeastern Pennsylvania that includes a main campus in Scranton; satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, and Towanda; and the Environmental Education Center in Covington Township.
“This isn’t just a beautiful day but it’s also a tremendous opportunity for the College and the community as well,” Lackawanna College President Mark Volk said. “Our commitment is to be a very strong part of your community, and to focus on your needs and your students in order to help them achieve their dreams.”
Sunbury Center Director Philip Campbell, a native of the city, echoed President Volk’s excitement.
“I understand how important it is to have access to affordable higher education, and Lackawanna College is here to do just that,” Campbell said.
The College had sought an opportunity to expand its mission – to provide a quality education to all persons who seek to improve their lives and better the communities in which they live – to the Greater Susquehanna Valley for several years. The assistance and enthusiasm of local elected officials helped make that dream a reality.
“For a long time, the city of Sunbury and the area has identified a need for higher education locally that was more accessible to all ranges of traditional and nontraditional students,” Pa. Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver said. “As a state representative, I see the potential in this area. It’s affirming to know that someone else sees the potential in this area, too.”
Culver not only lauded the College’s efforts to provide traditional courses but its recognition of the need to offer dual enrollment credits to area high school students as well.
In a letter delivered to President Volk on his behalf, U.S. Sen. Robert Casey congratulated the College on its new center, citing Lackawanna’s efforts to enrich yet another community in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
“Higher education is vital to our country’s long-term economic growth,” he said. “I am confident that the College’s tradition of academic excellence will extend to this new center and provide students in Northumberland County with more educational options and opportunities.”
Following the ribbon cutting, the nearly 75 guests in attendance were invited to tour the new facility which includes a student lounge, several classrooms, and a fully equipped computer lab. Classes for the Fall 2017 semester begin August 28, and interested students may visit www.lackawanna.edu/sunbury to request more information or schedule a visit.
Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania.