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    Lackawanna CollegeCurrent NewsFalcon HeadlinesLackawanna College receives $65,000 grant for OTA program from Lackawanna County

    Lackawanna College receives $65,000 grant for OTA program from Lackawanna County

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    Shown at the check presentation are, from left, Lackawanna County Director of Economic Development George Kelly, Lackawanna County Commissioners Laureen A. Cummings and Patrick M. O’Malley, Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Lackawanna College Manager of Corporate, Foundation, and Government Relations Cathy Wechsler, and Dean of Allied Health Lynn DeSanto.

    SCRANTON, Pa. – Lackawanna College received a $65,000 grant from Lackawanna County on Thursday, Feb. 11, that will help the College establish a new Occupational Therapist Assistant Program. The two-year associate degree program is expected to launch in the Fall 2017 semester, establishing the only OTA program in a 70-mile radius.

    Lackawanna will seek program accreditation through the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

    The county grant funding comes as part of their ongoing commitment to the Regional Bioscience Initiative. It accompanies a $50,000 grant received for the establishment of the OTA program from the Moses Taylor Foundation in December 2015.

    The new program will complement Lackawanna’s current Allied Health programs – Physical Therapist Assistant, Sonography, Surgical Technology, and paramedic training through the EMS Academy.

    “We are vested in Allied Health programs,” said Lackawanna College Dean of Allied Health Programs and Assistant Professor Lynn DeSanto, MT, ASCP, MS. “We’re accredited in those programs by four different agencies. We’ve already been able to meet demanding accreditation standards and equip our local workforce with employees that can meet the needs of our community, which is part of the College’s mission.”

    The program will be launched in response to a quickly growing demand for OTAs both locally and nationally. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of OTAs is expected to increase 43 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for most other occupations.  The average median salary in the region for OTAs is about $49,000.

    Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants equip their clients with the skills they need to return to a normal lifestyle following medical episodes including traumatic brain injury, stroke, or aneurism. Students who complete the program have the ability to work in diverse environments.