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SCRANTON, Pa. – Oct. 7, 2021 – On Tuesday, Sept. 21, several local high school students in Lackawanna College’s award-winning Level Up program were recognized at a ‘Level Up 30 Down’ reception on the main campus in Scranton. Students in the program are pursuing an associate degree through Lackawanna College while in high school and have earned 30 or more credits.

“We are proud of our Level Up students and what they have accomplished,” said Dr. Abbey Judge, Level Up Program Director. “This progressive program fast tracks a student’s education, saving them both time and money, and prepares them academically for college-level academic rigor.”

Level Up has graduated a total of 49 students, with 24 earning a certificate and 25 earning an associate degree since its launch in 2018. Upon completion, students can stay at Lackawanna to complete their degree, earning an incentive scholarship for their participation in the Level Up program, or transfer credits to another college or university.

In March 2021, the business magazine Fast Company included Lackawanna College on its World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2021 list, specifically for the merits of our Level Up program. The College ranked ninth place in its Corporate Social Responsibility category.

For more information about the Level Up program, visit www.lackawanna.edu/levelup.

Pictured, from left to right, Connor McKeefery, Riverside HS, Professional Studies; Ava Aulisio, Old Forge HS, Professional Studies; Lawrence Lombardi, North Pocono HS, Professional Studies. Dr. Abbey Judge, Program Director; Kathryn Dougherty, Riverside HS, Professional Studies; Kayleigh Leonard, Abington Heights HS, Professional Studies; Shea Dailey, Notre Dame Academy, Stroudsburg, Professional Studies; Jason Catalano, Pittston Area HS, Criminal Justice.

The following students are on track to graduate but were not in attendance: Isabelle Edwards, Blue Ridge HS, Professional Studies; Shannon Toolan, Mt. View HS, Business Administration; Ian Richmond, Mid Valley HS, Accounting; Sydney Harris, Riverside HS, Professional Studies.

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