Lackawanna College honored for its ‘Level Up’ program

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SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Lackawanna College has been named ‘one of the world’s most innovative companies’, the college announced Tuesday.

The college joins other big names like Apple and Tesla in receiving ‘The World’s Most Innovative Company’ Award from Fast Company Business Magazine.

The college earned this from its Level Up Program. The program helps students still in high school earn college credits, fast tracking to an associates degree.

“We had seven students graduate from Level Up with an Associate Degree and twelve with a certificate. And those students enjoyed  an approximated $444,000 college savings as a result of their participation,” said Dr. Erica Barone Pricci, Chief Academic Officer at Lackawanna College.

Level Up was created at Lackawanna College to combat the rising cost of higher education by allowing high school students to enroll in college credit classes for $100 per credit, which in turn gives students a head start into their college education at a much cheaper price and even allowing them to graduate from College early. 

“At Lackawanna College, we are constantly seeking innovative ways to bridge the socioeconomic gap and help students obtain a degree quickly and at significantly less cost,” said Dr. Jill Murray, Lackawanna College President and Chief Innovative Officer.

Lackawanna College has seen an increase in this year’s Level Up Participation and will have 31 graduates from the program, 19 of which will have earned their associate degree. 

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