Established in 1967, Luzerne County Community College is a two-year public college located in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, which offers associate’s degrees, certificates, and diploma programs. LCCC states a mission that promotes “excellence in education, fosters student success in achievement of goals, and positively impacts Luzerne county and the surrounding Northeastern Pennsylvania region” with institutional goals of:
- Developing knowledge and skills
- Promoting cultural engagement
- Setting educational goals for its students
- Providing quality education for all students
- Partnering with community organizations for the benefit of the region
Programs of study at LCCC include nearly 100 occupational programs, 17 liberal arts programs, 10 credit-free career-training programs, and hundreds of other training courses. LCCC partners with sixteen school districts to offer dual enrollment courses for high school students and has articulation agreements with 41 colleges and universities to make it easier for students to transfer to a four-year school upon graduation. Courses are offered in classroom settings as well as in online learning. LCCC’s Distance Education program offers five associate degree programs (Accounting, Business Administration, General Studies, Business Management Technology, and Criminal Justice) online as well as several other courses. Each of these online courses consists of a minimum of 80% online content.
The main campus of Luzerne County Community College lies on 167 acres and houses fifteen buildings. Additional college centers are located in Berwick, Wilkes-Barre (Corporate Learning Center), Hazleton, Kulpmont, and Northumberland. High School sites are located in Elk Lake, Honesdale, Plains Twp, and Susquehanna. Students have access to more than 1,500 personal computers on campus.
Luzerne County Community College’s demographics are as follows:
- Nearly 6,600 students and 163 full-time faculty members
- About 51 percent of students attend full-time
- Nearly 60 percent of students are female
- About 73 percent of students live in Luzerne County
- About 55 percent of students are enrolled in transfer programs
- Almost 1,400 students are enrolled in distance learning courses
Tuition varies depending on residency and the number of credits taken. Luzerne County residents who study full-time pay $2,070 per semester in tuition and fees while out-of-county off-campus residents would pay $2,235, out of county residents pay $3,885, and out-of-state residents pay $5,700. Financial aid at Luzerne County Community College includes the Federal Pell Grant, PA State Grant (PHEAA), Federal Stafford Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), Federal Work Study, and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Students applying for financial aid must complete the FAFSA form (using school code 006811) by June 30.
LCCC students have the opportunity to participate in more than 40 clubs and organizations, such as the Architecture and Design Club, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, the Fencing Club, and the History Club. Student Government Association offers leadership opportunities for students on-campus and student-run media groups produce radio shows, television programs, and literary magazines. The fitness center on campus is a popular area for students to frequent, with a weight training room, a cardio room, and an aerobics/yoga room. Students can also participate in Augustine, the student-run literary magazine. Athletics at LCCC include men’s baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s cross-country, women’s softball, women’s volleyball, and co-ed golf. Luzerne County Community College competes in the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIX.
Luzerne County Community College maintains an open admission policy, accepting students with a high school diploma or GED. Applicants will receive an acceptance letter in the mail 2-3 weeks after completing the application process. First-time students at LCCC will be required to take a placement test to determine appropriate courses. Students applying for admission must submit the following:
- Application for admission
- Official high school transcript or GED certificate
- Proof of Residency
- Official copy of transcripts (for transfer students) sent from all previous colleges
Luzerne County Community College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 2-year
Highest Level Of Offering:Associate's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,500
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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