— Lackawanna College Lake Region held a meet and greet in honor of its new director, Jeff Gregory.
He is from Dunmore and was a public educator in grades K-12. He was an administrator at several schools including Old Forge, Lake Lehman and Lackawanna Trail.
“It's been a nice start,” said Gregory, who officially started as the director on Oct. 29. “Everyone is very supportive and helpful. It's my first experience in higher education so I'm in that learning curve. It's very interesting. It's great to be here.”
Gregory said his plan is to continue the vision of the college, which is attracting students.
“As the enrollment continues to increase, we will be able to offer more programs,” he stated. “Right now we offer three programs, which are physical therapy assistants, culinary and ecological sustainability.”
He said that his number one goal is to increase enrollment. The fall semester that just ended was the first year the Lake Region campus surpassed 200 students.
“Enrollment will drive us,” Gregory said.
“It's been a good experience having him here,” stated members of his staff. “We're glad he's here. Jeff relates well with the students and is very personable. We're very lucky and fortunate to have him.”
Attendees were also introduced to Paul Strunk, who was recently named the vice president for College Advancement for Lackawanna College.
“I'm thrilled to be here,” Strunk said. “There's a lot of great opportunity in the area and I'm looking forward to working with the community.”
Lackawanna College has open enrollment and the spring semester will being on Jan. 28.
They also offer what's called an academic passport, a partnership with the state system of high education universities.
A student who earns an associate's degree and graduates with at least a 2.0 gpa, is guaranteed acceptance into the state system universities. All 60 credits, the amount for an associate's degree at Lackawanna, will transfer as well.
Of those credits, 45 will count towards the general education/liberal arts requirements, and the remaining credits will count first towards the student's major, then as electives.
For more information about Lackawanna College visit www.lackawanna.edu. For the Lake Region center call (570) 226-4625.