Lackawanna College

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Lackawanna College
Lackawanna College seal.png
Former names
Lackawanna Junior College, Scranton Business College
PresidentCol. Mark Volk
Location, ,
ColorsNavy, Gray, and White
AffiliationsNational Junior College Athletic Association
SportsBaseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Lackawanna College (formerly Lackawanna Junior College, originally Scranton Business College) is a private university in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with satellite centers in the towns of Hazleton, Hawley, Towanda, and New Milford.


The college began as a proprietary institution with a full academic program under the direction of H.D. Buck and A.R. Whitmore. John H. Seeley, a noted regional educator, purchased it in 1912. Seeley, who also owned the Lackawanna Business College, merged his two institutions into the Scranton Lackawanna Business College and built a new campus in the city's downtown.

The word "business" was eventually dropped from the school's name because it was judged to be too restrictive, and civil service courses were added to prepare students for governmental positions. The college met with continued success because of its ability to change with the times. With the coming of World War II, the school made a concerted effort to train women for positions in business and industry. After the war, the college adapted its programs once more to meet the needs of returning veterans.

In 1957, the College was incorporated as a non-profit institution under a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Chartered as Lackawanna Junior College, course offerings were expanded to include the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. The Pennsylvania Department of Education granted Lackawanna the right to award associate degrees. The college officially changed its name to Lackawanna College in 2001.

The College was donated to The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by the Seeley Family, effective 1974 upon the retirement of Hoyle G. Seeley (John H. Seeley's Son, President and Chairman of the board until his Death in 1976). In 1982, it acquired the former Bishop Klonowski High School as a campus.[1] The College purchased the former Scranton Central High School located at 501 Vine Street and refurbished the then-vacant building. It was named Angeli Hall in 2012, after former College president Raymond Angeli.

On Sept. 3, 2001, in conjunction with its 107th anniversary, the College removed the word "junior" from its name.

The main campus in Scranton now includes five other operational buildings: dormitories McKinnie Hall (named for former Lackawanna College and current NFL football player Bryant McKinnie, the first former athlete to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft), Seeley Hall, and Tobin Hall; Healey Academic Center; and the Student Union (housed in the city's former Catholic Youth Center). A pair of buildings, including the former Scranton Center, were purchased in July 2014[2] for future expansions of Allied Health, Culinary Arts, and other academic programs.

Along with its expansion in Scranton, the College operates centers in surrounding counties in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Lake Region Center is located at the historic Silk Mill in Hawley, Pa. The Ford Building, a former courthouse annex in Luzerne County, is home to the College's Hazleton Center. In 2015, the Towanda Center opened in a newly renovated facility at 1024 S. Main St., Towanda, Pa. The School of Petroleum & Natural Gas, a collection of specialty programs that first opened in 2009 with the intent to train students for employment in Pennsylvania's budding Marcellus Shale industry, is located in New Milford, Pa.

The College announced on July 13, 2016 that it would add bachelor's degrees to its available majors beginning with the Fall 2017 semester[3] while maintaining its commitment to associate degrees.


The private four-year college has evolved with an open admissions policy and enrolls approximately 1,625 students.

While the College offers a variety of traditional academic programs, many of its popular majors are centered on vocations, such as law enforcement, early childhood education, computer information systems, and accounting. Lackawanna has invested in several Allied Health programs including Cardiac Sonography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Vascular Technology, and Emergency Medical Services training.

Several industry-specific degrees were created at the School of Petroleum & Natural Gas to fill the demand of the Marcellus Shale career opportunities in the work force. Physical therapist assistant, Hospitality, and Sustainable Agriculture are new programs that were added recently at the Lake Region Center. Lackawanna College also operates Police Academies at its Scranton campus and Hazleton Center. The Academy was originally certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission in Harrisburg, Pa., on April 21, 1977. Lackawanna is the first and continues to be the only private college in northeastern Pennsylvania authorized to provide ACT 120 training.

Lackawanna's president is Mark Volk. The college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Kevin White, currently a wide receiver for the NFL's Chicago Bears, played football at Lackawanna College for two years before transferring to West Virginia University. He was drafted 7th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.[4]


  1. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System. Note: This includes Cynthia A. Rose (1996). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Roger Williams Public School No. 10" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-03.
  2. ^ "College breathing new life into downtown buildings | Lackawanna College". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  3. ^ "Lackawanna College to begin offering bachelor's degrees – News – The Times–Tribune". Retrieved 2016-07-28.
  4. ^ "Lackawanna 'home' to NFL Draft prospect Kevin White | Lackawanna College". Retrieved 2015-11-12.

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Coordinates: 41°24′41″N 75°39′32″W / 41.41133°N 75.65887°W / 41.41133; -75.65887