LCCC History

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17 Aug 1966

The Luzerne County Board of Commissioners request approval from the PA State Board of Education to sponsor a community college.

15 Sep 1966

Permission is granted from the PA Board of Education allowing the Luzerne County Board of Commissioners to establish and operate a community college.

7 Nov 1966

LCCC formally begins operation as the Trustees hold their first meeting and elect officers. Guy V. Ferrell is appointed the College?s first President.

2 Oct 1967

LCCC opens its doors for the first time with 836 students attending classes in Wilkes-Barre. Tuition is $12.50 per credit.

- Fall 1968

Candidates for SGA offices present their campaign platforms before a full student body audience. The event was held in the JCC auditorium.


The freshmen and sophomore women of LCCC challenge each other to a game of ?Powder Puff Football.? Kirby Park hosted the unique contest.


The LCCC Drama Club presents Edward Albee?s The American Dream. Newspaper reports state, ?Critics? reactions to the evening performance were favorable and considered the show quite a success for LCCC?s first dramatic offering.?


After weeks of using Kirby Park, the new LCCC student parking lot is located beneath the Kingston end of the Market Street Bridge.


Wrestler John Brominski represents LCCC in the National Jr. College Region 19 Tournament conducted in Worthington, MN.

- May 1969

The Honorable Daniel J. Flood gives the Commencement Address at ceremonies conducted at the Irem Temple in Wilkes-Barre. 195 students received diplomas at LCCC?s first graduation.


The LCCC Hotel & Restaurant Management Program establishes a cooperative agreement with Cornell University.


Joel Kislin wins the NJCAA heavyweight championship in Worthington, MN. Also competing at the event were Tom Davis and Gary Alters. Coach of the wrestling team was W. Brooke Yeager, III.

23 Jun 1972

Flood waters caused by Hurricane Agnes severely destroy LCCC?s Wilkes-Barre facilities. Fall classes do not begin until October.

13 Jun 1973

Rep. Daniel J. Flood announces the awarding of a $632,756 grant to help fund the construction of two buildings on the new LCCC campus located in Nanticoke.

- Spring 1974

LCCC opens permanent Main Campus site on 122-acres in Nanticoke. New facility consists of eight buildings.

- Fall 1973

LCCC begins a two-year Associate Degree Program in Nursing.

- Fall 1974

A newly-developed Day Care Center is now operational on LCCC?s campus. The center, operated by the Child Development Council of Northeastern PA, accommodates 15 pre-schoolers and 12 toddlers.

17 Oct 1974

The LCCC cross country team, under the guidance of Paul Kretschmer, extended its record to 7-3? the best mark in LCCC history.

30 Nov 1974

The men?s basketball team defeats PSU Hazleton to record its 38th consecutive home victory. Earlier in the week LCCC christened its new gymnasium with a win over Lackawanna Jr. College before 1,000 fans.


Circle K Club receives its Charter from the Nanticoke Kiwanis Club.

20 Aug 1976

A record group of nearly 600 new and transferring students attended LCCC?s orientation.

23 Aug 1976

LCCC begins its 10th year as classes begin for the fall term.

22 Jul 1977

Senior citizen?s organizations throughout the region host their ?Candle Light Ball? in the Student Center.

5 Aug 1977

Groundbreaking ceremonies are conducted for construction of the $1.6 million Dental/Nursing facility (building 9).

11 Nov 1977

Alumni Association hosts its annual Dinner Dance at the Regency Room of the American Legion Post Home located on River Street in Wilkes-Barre.

7 Dec 1977

34 LCCC female students model in the ?Dressing for College? fashion show conducted at the Pomeroy?s Community Room.

- Dec 1977

LCCC makes a final payment of $604,000 on the overall cost of $8,832,084 for the purchase of the 122 acre campus and construction of either academic and student service buildings located in Nanticoke which opened in 1974.

23 Feb 1978

The women?s basketball team easily defeats the University of Scranton, 79-55, to finishes the regular season undefeated at 18-0.

20 Mar 1978

A huge crowd greets the women?s basketball team at the airport on its return home from Overland Park, Kansas after competing in the NJCAA National Tournament. The team, under the direction of Ruby Carmon, finished in 5th place after beating teams from Wyoming, Kansas, Arizona, and Texas.

31 Mar 1978

LCCC hosts the PA forensics Association State Championships. LCCC is the only 2-year instititu9in participation among the 20 colleges entered.

- May 1978

In a move that runs contrary to the national trend in higher education, LCCC lowers its tuition cost from $21.50 a credit hour to $20.00 per credit. This change is due to LCCC?s ?rapid upsurge in enrollment.

17 Sep 1978

Plans finalized to open off-campus site in Hazleton. Cost of tuition is $21.50 per credit hour.

- Fall 1978

TACKLE program started at the College. Students may now receive credit for ?life experiences.?

7 Nov 1978

Sharon Jarell, of Kingston, captures the EPCCAC Cross Country title with at time of 16:56 over the 2.5 mile course. The event was hosted by LCCC.


LCCC School of Nursing is awarded formal accreditation by the National League for Nursing. That year 94 students graduated from the nursing program.

4 Feb 1979

LCCC develops its Fire Science curriculum with one-and two-year degree programs.

26 Apr 1979

Medical Arts Complex (Building 9) formally dedicated and ribbon cutting ceremonies conducted.

- Spring 1979

Samuel J. Lesante, Board of Trustees, contacts Governor Richard Thonrburgh and offers LCCC?s facilities as a ?temporary operational command post for you and your staff or any segment of the state government you designate? in wake of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant crisis near Harrisburg.

31 May 1979

Jessica Savitch, NBC Washington-based news correspondent, addresses the 1979 graduating class of 470 students.

- Dec 1979

For the first time in its history, LCCC will participate intercollegiately in men?s and women?s and co-ed volleyball. Coaching the team is Henry Westfield.

24 Sep 1980

Board of Trustees appoint Thomas J. Moran as LCCC?s third President. Moran served as President from 1980 to 1990 and again from 1995 to 1997.

5 Oct 1980

Newspaper article cites the LCCC campus bookstore as the ?all department store on campus.?

20 Oct 1980

LCCC enters into a written articulation agreement with 11 four-year colleges for the purpose of allowing graduates to get a baccalaureate degree.

15 Jan 1981

LCCC welcomes 150 new students to campus during orientation activities conducted for the Spring ?81 semester.

18 Jan 1981

The Dental Clinic is opened to the public. Fees for all services are adults $4.00, children $2.50, and Senior Citizens are served free of charge.

19 Jan 1981

A Fire Prevention Information Center House in the College?s Library is dedicated. The center houses films and printed materials relevant to fire prevention and safety.

- Spring 1981

LCCC establishes a full-tuition scholarship in memory of the late Francis P. Crossin, former LCCC trustee and County Commissioner.

- Jul 1981

The $2 Million Educational Conference Center opens its doors for the first time to the general public.


LCCC Foundation, Inc. is established.

- Jan 1983

LCCC begins offering credit, classes in journalism through its Print Media Program.


LCCC begins offering evening classes at the Tunkhannock Area High School and day classes at the Oblates of St. Joseph in Pittston.

11 Dec 1984

The first issue of the student newspaper, The Outlook, is published.

13 Dec 1984

LCCC receives approval for its Phlebotomy Training Program which is run through Continuing Education.

10 Jan 1985

LCCC?s Displaced Home maker Program wins Pennsylvania?s ?Exemplary Program Award.?

25 Apr 1985

LCCC beings to offer weapons training program. This new program is being run through the Continuing Education Office.

18 May 1985

The Community College begins to offer telecourses broadcast on television though a joint agreement with WVIA.

19 Nov 1985

LCCC hosts a statewide crime protection conference entitled ?War on Crime ? The Pennsylvania Perspective.?

27 Apr 1986

Humanities instructor David Stout introduces the start of a ?Spring Film Series? to be offered on campus.

20 Aug 1987

The Community College?s Career Planning and Placement Center opens with its facilities located in Building 9.

27 Aug 1987

The College breaks ground for construction of the $7.9 million Advanced Technology Center.

14 Oct 1987

The broadcast Communications Department announces it will be ?going on the air!?

24 Oct 1987

The College celebrates its 20th Anniversary.

- Oct 1989

LCCC Alumni Association holds its first annual Craft Fair

8 Feb 1989

Veteran basketball coach Jim Atherton wins his 500th career victory.

19 Aug 1993

LCCC establishes an off-campus site in Lackawanna County.

1 Jan 1994

LCCC goes ?smoke free? in all of its buildings.

7 Jun 1995

Malcom S. Forbes, Jr. is the guest speaker for the LCCC foundation?s annual Corporate Dinner conducted at the Woodlands Inn and Resort.

1 Jul 1995

Brigid Murray O?Connor becomes first female chairperson of the LCCC Board of Trustees.


New logo introduced at LCCC. College colors change from red, white, and blue to teal and navy. LCCC sports teams name called the Trailblazers.

- Jun 1998

LCCC builds it's newest building, the 72,000 sq. ft. Campus Center, which holds the College?s President?s Office, College Bookstore, Student Clubs area, Cafeteria, and Counseling and Student Support offices.

- Sep 1998

15,000 sq. ft. addition is added to Building 4 to house five new science labs, associated prep and storage areas, new faculty offices, and science classrooms.

- Jan 1999

Business and Industry Training Inst.

- Jul 1999

Building 7 is renovated and dedicated as the new Business and Computer Center, housing CIS and Business programs and faculty.

26 Apr 1999

LCCC?s first dedicated site, Wilkes-Barre Center, opens in the renovated Pomeroy?s building on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.

- Fall 1999

Northumberland Regional Higher Education Center in Shamokin opens.

- Fall 2000

Hazleton Center opens for classes.

- Oct 2001

New site opens in Kulpmont dedicated to nursing program.

- Oct 2001

College opens new greenhouse for Horticulture program.

- Feb 2003

Center for Business Solutions developed to initiate customized training for business and industry.


Partners in Workforce Education program initiated.

- Spring 2003

Berwick Center opens its dedicated site.


Two new student organizations NAACP and Amnesty International formed on campus.

- Oct 2006

The Schulman Gallery, the College?s first named facility, opens in the Campus Center. The new gallery opens with student Old Masters art exhibit.

- Jan 2007

LCCC offers new Weekender program with degrees offered at the WIlkes-Barre Center and hybrid Distance Education.

20 Jan 2007

Dedication for LCCC's gymnasium to be renamed after Coach Jim Atherton, retired Director of Student Activities and Athletics and Men?s Basketball coach.

30 Mar 2007

Public Safety Training Institute (PSTI) groundbreaking ceremony held at PSTI site.

25 Aor 2008

Public Safety Training Institute begins operations with dedication ceremony.

26 Jan 2010

New Culinary facility in downtown Nanticoke named the Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute.


Health Sciences Center dedication ceremony held. Classes begin fall 2011 semester.

26 Jun 2012

LCCC receives the Pride of Place Award for the Joseph A. Paglianite Culinary Institute from the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry.

21 Sep 2013

LCCC's Health Sciences Center is named in a dedication ceremony the Francis S. and Mary Gill Carrozza, R.N. Health Sciences Center. The Center also received the 2013 Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce Environmental Enhancement Award.

29 Sep 2014

LCCC receives 10 million federal TAACCCT grant to develop new degree and career programs in high priority career fields.

- Nov 2015

LCCC Cross Country runner Curtis Bates places 12th - National NJCAA Men's Cross Country Meet

- Summer 2016

LCCC opens its Writing Center to the public, moves to new expanded location in Building 9

- Aug 2016

LCCC Scranton Center has ribbon cutting and opens for classes in the Marketplace in Steamtown mall in downtown Scranton

- Sep 2016

LCCC goes completely "smoke free" on campus

3 Jan 2017
LCCC 50th Anniversary Logo

LCCC begins its 50th Anniversary celebration

13 Oct 2017

LCCC - 50th Anniversary Video

10 Feb 2014

The Writing Center opens

29 Aug 2016

Campus becomes smoke-free

21 Sep 2017

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Head Start Center

2 Oct 2017

50th Anniversary day

3 Oct 2017

Time Capsule opening of the 1992 capsule

4 Oct 2017

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Wilkes-Barre Student Food Pantry / Wilkes-Barre City Proclamation Event

5 Oct 2017

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Walking Trail

7 Oct 2017

50th Anniversary Golden Gala @ Mohegan Sun with Eddie Day as the entertainment. LCCC Foundation raised $150,000 as a result of fundraising for the GALA. Wrestling Reunion @ the 50th Anniversary Golden Gala

26 Oct 2017

Ground breaking for Pittston Center

13 Nov 2017

Veterans Center dedication

5 Dec 2017

Time Capsule reburied with items from 25th and 50th Anniversary

19 Jan 2018

Selma to Montgomery Art Exhibit opens In Schulman Gallery

19 Feb 2018

Veterans Center Open House

20 Jun 2018

New English as a Second Language (ESL) academic program announced

8 Aug 2018

English As A Second Language

16 Aug 2018

Pittston Center ribbon-cutting ceremony

21 Aug 2019

Greater Susquehanna Center ribbon-cutting ceremony

4 Sep 2019

AllOne Addiction Recovery Educational Institute ribbon-cutting