Lackawanna College President, Mark Volk; President and CEO of the Moses Taylor Foundation, LaTida Smith and Lackawanna College Nursing Program Director, Judith Williams.
Lackawanna College Announces New Nursing Program and Grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation
SCRANTON, Pa. – June 6, 2019 – Lackawanna College will launch the only two-year professional nursing program in Lackawanna County. The College’s new Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN) program is set to begin in Fall 2020.
The program will take half the time of a traditional bachelor’s degree in nursing and will prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN), which was created by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and directly enter the workforce—filling a critical nursing shortage in the region. Nursing students will have the opportunity to utilize and demonstrate their increasing nursing knowledge and skills not only in a variety of clinical settings but also in the newly created high-fidelity simulation labs at Lackawanna College.
Lackawanna’s ASN program offers a direct pathway into their 100 percent online RN-to-BSN program, a program for nurses who are already practitioners but want extra training.
Lackawanna College received a $500,000 grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation to outfit a state-of-the-art Simulation Skills Lab that will be utilized by the students in the program.
“At a time when our region is facing a critical shortage of nurses, we could not be more thankful to receive support from the Moses Taylor Foundation to help us build a cutting edge nursing program,” said Mark Volk, President of Lackawanna College. “As a result, Lackawanna College will be able to educate local students and prepare them to fill family-sustaining nursing jobs in our region.”
Based on statistics from the Center for Workforce Information & Analysis, the need for RNs in Lackawanna County will increase 15.5% between 2014 and 2024, much higher than most occupations.
“Moses Taylor Foundation is excited to support Lackawanna College’s efforts to expand nursing education in our community. The College has a proven track record of providing affordable, quality education that is accessible to local residents and addresses immediate needs in the local healthcare workforce,” said LaTida Smith, President and CEO of the Moses Taylor Foundation.
About Lackawanna College: Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, New Milford, Sunbury and Towanda. Learn more at www.lackawanna.edu.
About Moses Taylor Foundation: The mission of the Moses Taylor Foundation is to improve the health and wellness of residents and communities, primarily in Northeast Pennsylvania. The Foundation is a catalyst in continuing the philanthropic legacy of Moses Taylor by providing opportunities for local people, especially the most vulnerable, to lead healthy lives. Learn more at www.mosestaylorfoundation.org.
Lackawanna College President, Mark Volk; Moses Taylor Foundation Program Officer, Christine Marcos; Moses Taylor Foundation Office Manager, Ellen Stevens; President and CEO of the Moses Taylor Foundation, LaTida Smith; Lackawanna College Nursing Program Director, Judith Williams and Moses Taylor Foundation Program Officer, Jeff Smith.