New Fund to Assist Culinary, Hospitality Students at Lackawanna College

Atty. Tom Cummings, pictured center, has established the Thomas P. Cummings Discretionary Fund at Lackawanna College. The fund will assist students in the culinary and hospitality programs in need of non-tuition-related emergency funding.

Pictured are from left, Kristen McNally, Kiesendahl School of Hospitality Director; culinary student  Lucas Fein; Atty. Cummings; culinary student Brielle Marchione, and Mariellen Walsh, Associate Vice President of Advancement at Lackawanna College.

DePietro’s Employees Offered Free Tuition at Lackawanna College

Employees at DePietro’s Pharmacy in Dunmore will get a chance to attend Lackawanna College tuition-free in a new partnership agreement announced last week.

Tom DePietro

Under the agreement, DePietro’s employees who meet the requirements for the pharmacy’s tuition program will be offered a Lackawanna College Business Partners Scholarship. The agreement will allow employees to attend Lackawanna College tuition-free to pursue a bachelor’s or an associate degree. 

“Working together with our local and regional businesses continue to help us understand and answer some of our labor force needs,” said Dr. Jill Murray, Lackawanna College President. “Partnering with DePietro’sPharmacy will give employees a path to careers in growing and in-demand fields like healthcare.” 

Dr. Murray also states that these partnerships help solve the social and economic issues of a growing national workforce shortage and the rising cost of tuition, keeping college affordable and accessible.

“The Lackawanna College Business Partnership Scholarship initiative is a great program that helps the College connect with the NEPA workforce,” said Jeff Gregory, Director of College Enrollment Partnerships. “Partnering businesses can offer employees a valuable incentive that helps retain their employees as well as hiring additional employees by helping them achieve additional skills.”

“At DePietro’s Pharmacy, we would not be successful without the hard work and effort given by all our employees. On a daily basis, I strive to show my appreciation for their commitment to our customers. This partnership will truly provide a life-changing experience for my team and future employees,” says Thomas DiPietro, pharmacist and owner.

The public-private partnership is one of many that are in the works at Lackawanna College that will cover a student’s full tuition. 

Medical Assistant Program Offered

Lackawanna College has received a $150,000 grant from Moses Taylor Foundation to launch a certified clinical medical assistant (CCMA) certificate program at the main campus in Scranton and the Lake Region Center in Hawley. Funds from the grant will be used for the purchase of equipment and supplies for hands-on teaching laboratories and to upgrade lab equipment at the College’s Towanda Center.  

“This grant will provide state-of-the-art equipment to students, giving them the hands-on experience, they need to enter the workforce as skilled medical assistants,” said Christine Martin, Program Director. “Thanks to the generosity of the Moses Taylor Foundation, Lackawanna College can meet Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania’s need for certified medical professionals.”  

Lackawanna College’s program is matching the growing demand for medical assistants which stems from several factors includingan aging population, rising chronic disease rates, and advancements in healthcare. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in this field are expected to grow 19% by 2029. 

The certified clinical medical assistant (CCMA) certificate program at Lackawanna College is one of only a few of its kind available in Northeastern and Central Pa. For more information on the Lackawanna College medical assistant program, visit