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An introduction to Lackawanna College

Lackawanna College is a private college that specialises in business. Centred in the Pennsylvania city of Scranton, the college plays host to the very average, mundane Dunder-Mifflin paper company of the American version of the office. This article gives an introduction to Lackwanna College.All information is correct as of 28.06.11.

History

Origins Lackwanna College started its existence in 1894 as Scranton Business College. It was a proprietary institution under the ownership of H.D Buck and A.R Whitmore, offering a full academic program. In 1912, it was purchased by John H. Seeley – a regional educator who also owned the Lackawanna business college. Seeley soon merged the two institutions to become the Scranton Lackwanna Business College and built a new campus in downtown Scranton. Development The institution grew in parallel with Scranton’s railroad-influenced development in the coal industry. The word ‘business’ was eventually dropped from the title of the institution’s name to reflect that civil service programs were now being offered to prepare students for governmental positions. Around the time of the Second World War, the college made efforts to train women for positions in business and industry and meet the educational/vocational needs of returning veterans.

Lackwanna College today

Courses In 1957, the college became a non-profit organisation, chartered as ‘Lackwanna Junior College’ and began to offer humanities and social sciences courses. It is now a public junior college with an open admission policy and is en route to being a fully accredited four-year college. The institution currently specialises in vocational courses in areas such as early childhood education, communications and accounting. Unique courses Some unique courses such as vascular technology, cardiac sonography, gas technology, IT Security and e-commerce. Typically, these courses are for two-years, with many awarding associates degrees. Many students use these degrees to go on to a liberal arts colleges. Lackwanna College In present day, the college is named Lackwanna College and has an enrolment of 1,500 student. It has campuses in Scranton and the neighbouring Hazleton, Hawley, Towanda and New Milford. It also has a strong athletic reputation, especially with the navy and white ‘Falcons’ teams in American football and baseball.

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