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Keystone College recently signed a new articulation agreement with Lackawanna College.

The agreement allows students who complete the Hospitality Management program at Lackawanna to enter Keystone College as a junior in order to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Business Management. Lackawanna students must graduate with a minimum 2.0 GPA and may transfer a maximum of 75 credits towards their degree at Keystone.

“We are thrilled to work in partnership with Lackawanna College again,” said Keystone College President David L. Coppola, Ph.D. “Our institutions have a long-standing history of collaborating to provide outstanding academic opportunities. We welcome the opportunity to serve students of all ages and experiences who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree.”

The Hospitality Management articulation is the eighth overall program-to-program agreement between Lackawanna and Keystone. The institutions have worked collaboratively for years to offer educational pursuits to residents across northeastern Pennsylvania, especially in the Northern Tier. Prior to signing a new lease for its Towanda Center earlier this year, Lackawanna had shared classroom space with Keystone at their facility in Towanda for several years.

“This agreement is yet another validation of the quality of our programs and graduates and a continuation of the collaboration between two strong and vibrant higher education institutions,” Lackawanna College President Mark Volk said. “It is obvious that Keystone values our graduates and recognizes the knowledge and abilities they bring to its programs.”

Lackawanna’s Hospitality Management program was recently ranked among the top 50 most affordable degree programs among small colleges by besthospitalitydegrees.com. Keystone’s hospitality business management program, which will begin in the Fall 2015 semester, includes individual concentrations in: casino management, lodging management, and sales and marketing.


Photo Caption: Officials from Lackawanna and Keystone College gather to sign a new articulation agreement between the institutions’ Hospitality Management degree programs. Seated, from left, Dr. Erica Barone-Pricci, Lackawanna College Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Fran Langan, Keystone College Dean of the School of Professional Studies. Back, Lackawanna College officials Dr. Suzanne Cercone, Academic Dean; Chef Stephanie Decker, Program Director for the Kiesendahl School of Hospitality and Tourism; and Bettyann Karr, Business Division Chair; and Keystone College officials Brenda Lidy, Hospitality Curriculum Coordinator and Associate Professor; and Jennifer Sekol, Director of Admissions.