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Wilkes, Lackawanna College Enter Agreement To Offer Students A Pathway For Education Degrees

March 28, 2019

Wilkes University and Lackawanna College have entered into a new agreement to allow students who earn an associate degree in early childhood education from Lackawanna to transfer to Wilkes as a junior for the purpose of earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education. Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy and Lackawanna President Mark Volk signed the agreement Wednesday at Wilkes University. “There is a national call for highly qualified early childhood educators. We are so pleased to partner with Lackawanna College to address this need,” Leahy said in a released statement. “This agreement offers students a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in a rewarding and growing field.” As part of the agreement, 60 credits earned at Lackawanna College may be applied toward the bachelor’s degree at Wilkes. “Educating the next generation of teachers matches our life-changing mission to improve lives and communities in northeast Pennsylvania and beyond,” Volk said in a released statement. “We’re pleased to offer this new opportunity to our Early Childhood Education students and to partner with an outstanding institution like Wilkes.” Wilkes University’s elementary and early childhood education program leads to pre-kindergarten through fourth-grade certification. It includes an 18-credit minor in reading education. — MICHAEL P. BUFFER