Wyoming Area joins other schools districts in Level Up Lackawanna program

By Robert Tomkavage - rtomkavage@timesleader.com
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Lackawanna College President Mark Volk discusses the Level Up Lackawanna program, geared toward encourage and accelerate post-secondary degree completion, during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5. - Robert Tomkavage | Sunday Dispatch
Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer Erica Barone-Pricci outlines the specifics of the Level Up Lackawanna program during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5. - Robert Tomkavage | Sunday Dispatch
Regional school administrators joined Lackawanna College officials for the announcement of the Level Up Lackawanna program April 5. From left, Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer Dr. Erica Barone-Pricci, Mid Valley School District Superintendent Patrick Sheehan, Mid Valley Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Eduardo Antonetti, Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, Abington Heights School District Superintendent Michael Mahon, Abington Heights High School Principal Andrew Snyder, Riverside School District Superintendent Paul M. Brennan, Riverside Counseling Department Chair Abbey Judge, Riverside Junior-Senior High School Principal Joseph Moceyunas, Scranton School District Chief Academic Officer Missy McTiernan, Scranton Superintendent Dr. Alexis Kirijan, Wyoming Area School District Superintendent Janet Serino, and Wyoming Area Curriculum Director Robert Galella. - - Robert Tomkavage | Sunday Dispatch
Lackawanna College President Mark Volk discusses the Level Up Lackawanna program, geared toward encourage and accelerate post-secondary degree completion, during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5. - - Robert Tomkavage | Sunday Dispatch

SCRANTON — Lackawanna College announced its Level Up Lackawanna partnership with the Abington Heights, Mid Valley, Riverside and Wyoming Area School Districts during a roundtable discussion April 5.

Level Up Lackawanna will allow high-achieving students to earn an associate degree in select majors by the time they graduate from high school through a combination of dual enrollment classes offered on-site at each partner school district, evening or late afternoon classes on site at Lackawanna, online classes, and summer terms. Eligibility will be based on academic achievement.

The program aims to reduce or eliminate financial and social barriers to higher education enrollment, retention and completion. The degree path is priced at $6,200 with opportunities to have the program fully funded, potentially making it free to students.

“We saw the opportunity to make dual enrollment more meaningful,” said Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer Erica Barone-Pricci, Ph. D. “Conceivably, a high-achieving, highly motivated student could walk across the stage at (high school) graduation wearing an associate degree robe, as well.”

Barone-Pricci added that students who decide to further their education at Lackawanna will also be eligible for financial assistance.

“If an associate degree graduate chooses to stay with us for a bachelor’s degree, we’ll offer them an academic scholarship at least equal to the amount they paid for the associate degree,” she said.

The Level Up program will also offer students an opportunity to earn college credits without committing to a full degree.

“We created bundles of certificates around our most popular majors, including Business, Criminal Justice, Healthcare, Human Services and General Education, to help students earn between 14 to 24 credits that are easily transferable,” Barone-Pricci said. “It will give students the opportunity to explore college while the stakes aren’t quite as high.”

Another aspect of the program will be catered toward students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare fields through informational sessions, mentoring opportunities, and course work.

“Healthcare plays a vital role in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” Barone-Pricci said. “We know that, probably, for the foreseeable future, our largest employers are going to be healthcare organizations.”

Wyoming Area Superintendent Janet Serino is thankful the district was chosen to participate in the program.

“The advantage is that our students are going to be able to have a college experience while they are still in high school,” Serino said. “I think it will be a way to alleviate their fears and also prepare them for careers they might be interested in. The more opportunities we can give them, the better.

“I feel very fortunate to have a curriculum director who is interested in doing more and more for our students.”

Students from the partnering school districts are currently being approached to sign up for the program and will begin taking classes in the fall.

“It’s part of our commitment to the region,” Lackawanna College President Mark Volk said. “It’s a partnership that we believe will have tremendous benefits for the students, the schools, and our area in terms of training individuals for future jobs.”

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Lackawanna College President Mark Volk discusses the Level Up Lackawanna program, geared toward encourage and accelerate post-secondary degree completion, during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_PSD-Lackawanna-1-1.jpgLackawanna College President Mark Volk discusses the Level Up Lackawanna program, geared toward encourage and accelerate post-secondary degree completion, during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5. Robert Tomkavage | Sunday Dispatch

Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer Erica Barone-Pricci outlines the specifics of the Level Up Lackawanna program during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_PSD-Lackawanna-2-1.jpgLackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer Erica Barone-Pricci outlines the specifics of the Level Up Lackawanna program during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5. Robert Tomkavage | Sunday Dispatch

Regional school administrators joined Lackawanna College officials for the announcement of the Level Up Lackawanna program April 5. From left, Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer Dr. Erica Barone-Pricci, Mid Valley School District Superintendent Patrick Sheehan, Mid Valley Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Eduardo Antonetti, Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, Abington Heights School District Superintendent Michael Mahon, Abington Heights High School Principal Andrew Snyder, Riverside School District Superintendent Paul M. Brennan, Riverside Counseling Department Chair Abbey Judge, Riverside Junior-Senior High School Principal Joseph Moceyunas, Scranton School District Chief Academic Officer Missy McTiernan, Scranton Superintendent Dr. Alexis Kirijan, Wyoming Area School District Superintendent Janet Serino, and Wyoming Area Curriculum Director Robert Galella.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_PSD-Lackawanna-3-1.jpgRegional school administrators joined Lackawanna College officials for the announcement of the Level Up Lackawanna program April 5. From left, Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer Dr. Erica Barone-Pricci, Mid Valley School District Superintendent Patrick Sheehan, Mid Valley Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Eduardo Antonetti, Lackawanna College President Mark Volk, Abington Heights School District Superintendent Michael Mahon, Abington Heights High School Principal Andrew Snyder, Riverside School District Superintendent Paul M. Brennan, Riverside Counseling Department Chair Abbey Judge, Riverside Junior-Senior High School Principal Joseph Moceyunas, Scranton School District Chief Academic Officer Missy McTiernan, Scranton Superintendent Dr. Alexis Kirijan, Wyoming Area School District Superintendent Janet Serino, and Wyoming Area Curriculum Director Robert Galella. Robert Tomkavage | Sunday Dispatch

Lackawanna College President Mark Volk discusses the Level Up Lackawanna program, geared toward encourage and accelerate post-secondary degree completion, during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_PSD-Lackawanna-1-cmyk-1.jpgLackawanna College President Mark Volk discusses the Level Up Lackawanna program, geared toward encourage and accelerate post-secondary degree completion, during a roundtable discussion with several school districts April 5. Robert Tomkavage | Sunday Dispatch

By Robert Tomkavage

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