Keystone College and Lackawanna College announce new partnership
Towanda - Lackawanna College and Keystone College are continuing their ongoing partnership to bring expanded educational opportunities to residents of the Towanda area.
Keystone and Lackawanna have entered into a joint agreement calling for both schools to continue to use the existing Keystone facility at 602 Main Street and for the renovation of an adjacent building at 612 Main Street.
Lackawanna College has signed an agreement leasing the two buildings from Towanda area businessman Randy Williams for the term of 10 years. Keystone College has signed a sub-lease agreement with Lackawanna for a term of five years with the option to extend at the end of that period. The agreement solidifies the commitment of both schools to serve the educational needs of the Northern Tier for years to come.
Both Lackawanna and Keystone will work with Mr. Williams to develop space in the new building for classrooms, student lounges and state-of-the-art laboratories, enabling both colleges to offer an expanded curriculum, particularly in the sciences. While still maintaining their independence, the colleges will also cooperate to create joint academic programs and articulation agreements. Keystone will continue to operate its highly successful Weekender Program which allows working adults to pursue a college degree and still maintain a full-time job.
Lackawanna and Keystone have been partnering since September, 2011 when heavy flooding severely damaged Lackawanna’s building, also located on Main Street in Towanda. Because of the damage, Lackawanna’s day and evening classes were moved to the Keystone Towanda Center. That agreement continued throughout the 2012-13 academic year and will now be expanded through the new partnership.
"The joint agreement between Keystone College and Lackawanna College will be a great benefit to the residents of the entire Northern Tier," said Sarah Keating, Keystone’s vice president of enrollment and marketing. "By expanding our agreement and enlarging our facilities with science labs and additional classroom space, local residents will have access to more advanced educational and career opportunities."
Kim Mapes, Lackawanna College Towanda Center Director said, "We are very excited about the joint agreement between Lackawanna and Keystone College and the opportunities it provides to our current and future students. Both schools have long had a commitment to the area and this agreement advances and strengthens that commitment. Our fellow residents and members of the educational community can be assured that post-secondary opportunities will continue to broaden and provide even more opportunities for our neighbors and their families."