Ribbon Cutting Celebrates Lackawanna’s New Culinary Center
SCRANTON, Pa. – September 20, 2018 – Lackawanna College held a ribbon cutting today for its new Culinary Center located at 409 Adams Avenue in downtown Scranton during a special ceremony with Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, local legislators, and College representatives.
“We could not be more pleased with the outcome of this ambitious restoration. Through the total transformation of a largely abandoned building and courtyard, not only have we created a beautiful, state-of-the-art dining commons and culinary teaching center for our students, we’ve begun the revitalization of a forgotten block of the city,” said Volk.
The two-story, 14,400 square foot building includes industrial teaching kitchens for the Hospitality and Culinary Arts programs, Baking and Pastry program, student study space, and a student dining commons. The dining commons provides a crucial expansion necessary to meet the needs of existing students’ as well future needs as Lackawanna College’s growth continues.
Lackawanna College received financial assistance for the project through a $3,000,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) under the direction of Governor Tom Wolf. Built in the 1970s, the two-story building and adjacent courtyard were renovated and outfitted using both RACP funds and private contributions. The project would not have been possible without the assistance and cooperation of Governor Tom Wolf and the RACP staff; Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED); Mayor Bill Courtright, City of Scranton; Linda Aebli, Executive Director, Office of Economic and Community Development (OECD); and Senator John Blake.
Committed to aiding in the revitalization of downtown Scranton, the College has a history of purchasing and restoring timeworn, underutilized structures within its Main Campus footprint for modern use as classroom space, residential housing facilities, and a state-of-the-art Student Union. By adding to its footprint in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna College demonstrates its dedication to addressing current student needs and planning for inevitable growth to serve NEPA residents. Eighty percent of Lackawanna students who attend classes at the main campus in Scranton or at centers in Hawley, Hazleton, the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas in New Milford, Sunbury, or Towanda are local residents.
The ribbon cutting marks another chapter in a historic year of growth for Lackawanna College. With the opening of classes for the 2018-19 fall semester, Lackawanna College is hosting a record 830 freshmen, reflecting Lackawanna College’s largest enrollment ever at 1,770 total students across its seven locations. This reflects an approximate 10% increase in student population over the 2017-2018 academic year.
This record-breaking enrollment can be attributed to the College’s recent innovative expansion efforts: the introduction of bachelor’s degrees, expanded facilities, and a variety of cutting-edge programs that address the immediate needs of students in the area.