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    Wilkes University and Lackawanna College Announce Agreement for Elementary and Early Childhood Education Students

    Representatives from Wilkes University and Lackawanna College sign an articulation agreement to help Lackawanna graduates transfer to Wilkes to complete their bachelor’s degree. Pictured are, from left, Lackwanna College Dean of Academic Affairs, Suzanne Cercone; Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs, Erica Barone-Pricci; Lackawanna College Social Science Division Chair, Nicole Bradigan; Wilkes University President, Dr. Patrick F. Leahy; Lackawanna College President, Mark Volk; Wilkes University Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. Anne Skleder; Wilkes University Dean of the School of Education, Dr. Rhonda M. Rabbitt; Wilkes University Chair BS Education Bachelors Suzanne Murray Galella.

    Wilkes-Barre, Pa. – March 28, 2019 – Wilkes University and Lackawanna College have entered into a new articulation agreement that will help Lackawanna graduates transfer to Wilkes to complete their bachelor’s degree. Under the new agreement, students who earn an associate degree in early childhood education from Lackawanna can transfer into the Wilkes bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education as a junior.

    Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy and Lackawanna President Mark Volk signed the agreement on March 27 at Wilkes University. It formalizes the relationship between the institutions, streamlining the admission process for interested students.

    “There is a national call for highly qualified early childhood educators. We are so pleased to partner with Lackawanna College to address this need,” said Leahy. “This agreement offers students a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in a rewarding and growing field.”

    As part of the agreement, 60 credits earned at Lackawanna College may be applied toward the bachelor’s degree at Wilkes.

    “Educating the next generation of teachers matches our life-changing mission to improve lives and communities in northeast Pennsylvania and beyond,” Volk said. “We’re pleased to offer this new opportunity to our Early Childhood Education students and to partner with an outstanding institution like Wilkes.”

    Wilkes University’s elementary and early childhood education program leads to pre-kindergarten through fourth grade certification. It includes an 18-credit minor in reading education. Students study how to communicate and engage with young students while learning how to support their teaching with 21st century ideas and technology.

    For more information, prospective students can call the Wilkes admissions office at (570) 408-4400 or the Lackawanna College admissions office at (570) 961-7898.

    About Wilkes University:

    Wilkes University is a private, independent, non-sectarian institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the nation’s finest small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small college, open to all who show promise. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 47 majors, Wilkes offers 25 master’s degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at

    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, New Milford, Sunbury, and Towanda. Learn more at

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