Public reception June 2 at Lackawanna College’s Lake Region Center


The Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing Education, in cooperation with Lackawanna College, announced Friday that it will offer the Expressway Accelerated Degree Program in Hawley beginning in the fall of 2010. This will provide adult students with the only bachelor’s degree opportunity available on-site in Wayne County.


The Misericordia University Center for Adult and Continuing Education, in cooperation with Lackawanna College, announced Friday that it will offer the Expressway Accelerated Degree Program in Hawley beginning in the fall of 2010. This will provide adult students with the only bachelor’s degree opportunity available on-site in Wayne County.
Misericordia will start by offering its popular accelerated bachelor’s degree format in Business Administration and Professional Studies, according to Tun Kyaw Nyein, Ph.D., dean of the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. Classes will be held online and on-site one evening a week at Lackawanna College’s Lake Region Center (in the former Hawley Silk Mill) at 8 Silk Mill Dr., Hawley starting Sept.1.
The community is invited to an Opening Reception celebrating the Misericordia-Lackawanna College partnership on Wednesday, June 2 from 3-4 p.m. at the Lake Region Center. An Information Session for those interested in the Expressway program will follow from 4-6 p.m. offering prospective students the chance to talk to Misericordia admissions counselors and academic advisors regarding the popular Expressway degree format. The Expressway program offers adult learners the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in just two and a half years at convenient locations and at an affordable $320 per credit. Students can enroll eight times during the year, helping them fit shorter class sessions into their schedule.
 “The Misericordia Expressway Program is entering its 11th year,’’ added Michael A. MacDowell, president of Misericordia University. “The program has a proven track record of success because it offers adult students who are often faced with balancing the rigors of family and work obligations a convenient and affordable degree program in a variety of highly sought after careers. In this economy, there is no better investment for you and your family than that of bettering your education.”
"Our collaborative efforts with Misericordia University have been highly successful, and we are excited once again to work as partners to bring quality higher education to the Lake Region," said Lackawanna College president Raymond Angeli. "We recognize the importance of education and workforce development in the region's growth."
“We will begin with business administration and professional studies and expand course offerings to other majors if there is an interest,” added Maki McCann, assistant director for Off-campus Programs and Special Initiatives for Misericordia. “This is a great opportunity since our Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in particular allows people who have attended different colleges to combine all those credits towards a bachelor's degree.”
In November 2009, Lackawanna College, citing a need for additional space, announced it would close its Wayne County campus in Honesdale and open a new facility in Hawley for classes beginning in October 2010. The college held a grand opening for its new Lake Region Center on April 14th.
More information on the Misericordia Expressway Accelerated Degree Program is available by calling the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at (570) 674-6791 or by logging on to www.misericordia.edu/expressway.
Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 academic majors on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats.