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I always wanted to be an architect,? says Kimberly Rosentel ?06. ?My dad worked in construction during the day and worked at a factory at night. As a more

Nationally Board-certified in family practice and peri-operative nursing, Dr. Patricia Rodriguez-Hudson, '96 DNP CRNP RNFA has over 30 years of more

Carlos Alcantara '12 stands on the upper deck of the world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's "Symphony of the Seas," and admires the vast more

An on-air personality and promotions director at Rock 107, Mark Hoover '99 is the embodiment of the radio station. "I am the guy who works longer more

"My original ambition was to become a nurse," Rich Hachan '09 says. "I looked at several schools and heard that LCCC was highly known for its more

William Davies isn't a traditional LCCC student. While most college students are fresh out of high school, Davies is committed to finishing his senioclick here. By Cami Kyttle '17 "> more

If you were to say that Kim Gromoll '77 works in a fantasy world, you would be correct. Kim, an alumnus from Luzerne County Community College, is a more

When 33-year-old Adam Sieminski '05 enrolled at Luzerne County Community College, he wasn't sure where he'd end up on graduation day. "I came to more

The Ulitchneys are the exact example of a nuclear family. Tara is a licensed reactor operator at Talen Energy Corporation at the Susquehanna Steam more

Luzerne County Community College is kicking off its 50th Anniversary Year. As the former Chair of the Board of Trustees, and a graduate of the more

Performing CPR on a patient while traveling at 120 knots several hundred feet above the ground may seem like a superhuman feat, but for Darlene MurawsClick here for more information about LCCC's EMS/Paramedic programs. "> more

My name is Laura St. Preux and I'm in my second semester here at Luzerne County Community College. I transferred here in the spring of 2014 and at more

It's not often you come across someone who truly loves their job. On any given weekday morning, many Americans begrudgingly drag themselves out of beTo see more of Jim's Photography click here By Brianna Redding '15, Journalism "> more

Mary Majewski '86 and Jennifer Clarke '91 really know their audience. Of course, they have been working with this audience for more than 20 years. more

State Correctional Institution - Retreat is a mammoth concrete facility laced with concertina wire and protected by steel gates. It can be found on more

Sometimes people need a push in the right direction to succeed. Bette Cox Saxton '98 tries to help people every day overcome barriers every day, more

There's something to be said about following your dreams. Former LCCC professor, alumnus, head instructor of The Ani Art Academy Waichulis and more

For Donna Bigoski Caruso, Luzerne County Community College had a great effect on her career outlook, now she is making great effects on the tourism more

As a student at Dallas High School, Don Godleski enjoyed his studies, friends, and playing football, but as he started reaching the end of his high more

Dave Bonawits is a video editor, filmmaker, and musician currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. He has directed eight short films in the past several more

Stephen Swicklik, a lifelong resident of Nanticoke, Pa, grew up with Luzerne County Community College in his neighborhood. He chose to attend college more

"If it wasn't for Luzerne County Community College, I wouldn't have gone to college and I wouldn't be where I am today." Sue Unvarsky '86, more

Belinda Coulibaly, age 19, has experienced two different worlds. Born in Manhattan, Kansas, Coulibaly grew up here in America until age four. That's more

In his heart Chris White '77 knew he wanted to create art. White developed his interest in art from his father, an avid sketcher. After graduating more

Journalism major, Katie Tobias, is late once again to her 9am copy editing class. This isn't the first time and most definitely won't be the last time

Located 50 miles south of the Canadian border, on the edge of the Bearpaw and Little Rocky Mountains, Anita Masaitis, RDH, DMD., '82, takes a deep more

Seventeen hundred feet below the surface in West Virginia and five miles deep into a mine tunnel, the lights went out for Laurie Cywinski, '91. more

Thomas Druby had choices. As a member of the Abe's Hot Dogs family, Druby could have gone into the family business. Instead, his affection for more

Jason Gogola and Tim Martarano work towards entrepreneurial success with the knowledge and relationships they forged during their time in LCCC's Web Dvirtual tour of the campus. Martarano and Gogola remained friends throughout the program, taking classes and developing a great working relationship through helping each other. Both mentioned how impressive they thought the class selections were and the appreciation they had for the attention their professors gave them. Gogola said of the classes, "combined with my past experiences these classes gave me a complete set of skills to take on any website project." Martarano emphasized, "The teachers we had were not only knowledgeable but motivated us to always want to go beyond what we were doing in the class room." In last semester of the program their final project was to each put together a website for a local business and present in front of a board of judges. "The final presentation was the best part," said Gogola. "It was very challenging, but a welcomed pressure to really bring together all that we had learned," Gogola added. Gogola won the award that night for best website which he created for West Side Career and Technology, and Martarano placed an impressive second for his Braces' Horse Stables' website. Gogola and Martarano successfully completed the two-year program at LCCC and were the part of the first graduating class of the Web Development program. Recognizing their passion for the Web, the great working relationship they formed, and the confidence in their working knowledge of website design and development, Gogola and Martarano easily decided to establish their own firm. "It was my hope when I started the Web program to come away with the confidence to start my own business, and that is exactly what I found at LCCC." Martarano added, "Starting this business is the best outcome I could have imagined when I started, the success we're finding is very exciting." The business Gogola and Martarano started is Creative Sum LLC, which specializes in website design and development for local business and persons in NEPA. Creative Sum immediately began taking on their first clients and has been growing steadily since. Both agreed the way businesses need to reach out to the next generation is through the Internet. Gogola said "Creative Sum helps local businesses create a modern website that helps present their brand, products, and messages in way that interacts with today's savvy online customers." Martarano explains, "It's more natural today for people to search and expect to find information on their local needs, and getting found in the crowded Web is a big challenge we help local businesses overcome." "The Internet is absolutely the way things are going and the Web itself is maturing, it's going to take skilled and talented professionals to get results for those who need to focus their attentions on the core of their own businesses," said Martarano. He also pointed out that the Web Development Technology program gives students this knowledge to understand and create that online interaction between businesses and consumers. "What Tim and I provide through Creative Sum are fully customized web solutions with modern design, friendly interactive functionality, and search engine visibility that produces results", Gogola said. "We work with businesses with a project management style that helps guide those who need it, or execute with precisions for those with specifics." "The Web Development program and its faculty at LCCC gave Tim and me the confidence to start our business," said Gogola.  "We look forward to the day we can take on interns from same curriculum that gave us our start; we know they'll be ready." "> more

My name is Kimberly Reigert, Class of '09, and this is my story. Neither of my parents finished high school. My father was practically illiterate and more

Christine Stevens- Slacktish '90 knew she wanted to go to college, but felt it would be difficult to afford. "I'm a country girl," she says. "I more