NANTICOKE — Downtown Scranton will soon have another option at the Mall at Steamtown — college classes.
Thomas P. Leary, president of Luzerne County Community College, will hold a news conference Wednesday to announce LCCC’s latest initiative — this one in Lackawanna County.
Leary is expected to announce LCCC will open a new location in the Steamtown Mall in Scranton’s downtown. Classes are expected to begin in the fall.
The news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m. on the first floor of the mall.
The new LCCC location will occupy space on the second floor that formerly housed the Bon-Ton. More details, such as the number of programs/classes to be offered will be announced Wednesday.
Leary and other LCCC officials will be joined by local and regional officials, legislators and educational leaders in the community.
In March, LCCC announced it would open an educational center in the former M&T Bank at 3 S. Main St., Pittston. That project is expected to cost $1.5 million, and classes are scheduled to start in January 2017.
At the time of the announcement, Leary said the college’s board of trustees authorized the administration to proceed to discuss and finalize the agreement to establish a site in Pittston.
“We’re very excited about it,” Leary said in announcing the Pittston site. “We have a great relationship in Pittston. The revitalization Pittston has had is truly remarkable. We’re excited about the possibility of an educational presence in an affordable and accessible way.”
LCCC expects about 200 students per day to attend classes in the Pittston education center. There is also a possibility evening continuing education and adult classes will be offered.
According to LCCC’s website, the college currently has off-campus centers in Berwick, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Kulpmont and Northumberbland, as well as its main campus in Nanticoke. Forty-five percent of students are full-time, with 71 percent of those students residing in Luzerne County. Credit enrollment for fall 2015 was just under 6,000. The school also has another 4,000 students enrolled in non-credit courses.
LCCC was founded in 1966. Originally, all students were enrolled at a campus in downtown Wilkes-Barre. In 1974, the college moved to its permanent 122-acre site in Nanticoke.
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