Pittston, August 16, 2018 – Downtown Pittston gained yet another asset today on its road to revitalization with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center. With the addition of the facility, LCCC now has eight campuses spread throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.
Funding was secured for the $2 million project from the Neighborhood Assistance Program ($374,000) through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Pittston City Land Revitalization Corporation ($1.7 million).
“Luzerne County Community College continues to demonstrate its commitment to being one of Pennsylvania’s most accessible institutions of higher learning with the opening of its new M&T Bank Educational Center in the City of Pittston,” said Senator Yudichak. “Pittston marks another milestone in its revitalization efforts with LCCC’s commitment to the downtown adding access to a college education to the growing assets of a thriving city.”
“The City of Pittston has been able to achieve truly remarkable progress and is a model for other cities,” said LCCC President Thomas Leary. “We are proud to be a partner in this renewal and consider it a privilege to serve the community and our students in our newest off campus site.”
M&T Bank donated the 10,000-square foot building, which will house several classrooms, a student lounge, seven administrative offices and outside spaces for the students to utilize. LCCC’s eighth campus is expected to bring approximately 200 students per day to the downtown area in the first year.
“Education is the cornerstone to every community and we are proud to have Luzerne County Community College as our educational partner,” said Pittston mayor Mike Lombardo. “The facility represents a pathway to opportunities created by continuing education. Its location provides a local opportunity for aspiring students in the Greater Pittston Area.”
“This project has truly been a win-win-win. The Luzerne County Community College M&T Bank Educational Center will bring provide local students with convenient classrooms, the city will benefit from increased foot traffic and economic activity, and M&T is able to support the revitalization of this wonderful city,” said Phil Johnson, M&T Bank Regional President, northern Pennsylvania.