Lackawanna College Receives $10,000 Grant from Robert H. Spitz Foundation
SCRANTON, Pa. – May 13, 2019 – Lackawanna College received a $10,000 grant from the Robert H. Spitz Foundation that was funded in 2018 for the Achieving College and Career Empowerment for Student Success (ACCESS) program, an in-school college and career-planning program. The program was spearheaded by Lackawanna’s Continuing Education Department in collaboration with the Scranton School District.
Up to 60 high school students were able to prepare for college and their careers while earning dual-enrollment credits.
“We are grateful to the Robert H. Spitz Foundation for providing us with this opportunity to communicate important information to students about college, careers and other essential life skills like time management, budgeting and financial wellness,” said Lackawanna College Director of Continuing Education, Georgia Egan.
ACCESS ran for 15 weeks with 15 hours of instruction at both Scranton and West Scranton High Schools. Lackawanna College instructors and staff, Leadership Lackawanna Alumni, numerous local businesspersons, and the Educational Opportunity Center instructed students and provided them with their first-hand experiences with working in high-demand fields and achieving college success.
“The ACCESS program through Lackawanna College was a wonderful experience for our West Scranton High School participants,” said West Scranton High School Cooperative Education Coordinator, Connie McCormack. “We are so thankful to Lackawanna and Bridget Duggan for making our high school a part of the program.”
About Lackawanna College:
Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, Lake Region, New Milford, Sunbury and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.
About The Robert H. Spitz Foundation:
The Robert H. Spitz Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports initiatives and programs serving the residents of Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Robert H. Spitz was born in Scranton and was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Central High School and the University of Miami, Florida. Before retirement, Spitz had been employed by the U.S. Department of Labor and was also the owner of several local Arby’s restaurants. The Robert H. Spitz Foundation was established from his estate in 2015. To date, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation has provided over $1.3 million in funding to the community.
For more information on the Robert H. Spitz Foundation, please contact the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.