Luzerne County Community College hosts open house at new building

Krista Nice, the administrations representative for Luzerne County Community College, gives a tour to Cori and Bonita Hetherington, of Watsontown, at the incoming Watsontown campus of the community college.

DANVILLE — The Montour County Board of Commissioners were "very receptive" to financially supporting the incoming Luzerne County Community College in Watsontown, according to Greater Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce Relationship Director Chris Berleth.

Berleth, chamber President/CEO Bob Garrett, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit Chief Academic Officer John Kurelja and local business owner Dave Zartman of Zartman Construction attended the meeting with the county leaders. If the county contributes toward the $100,000 a year needed to support Luzerne in Watsontown, students from the county will receive in-county tuition.

"They are very supportive of a community college for their constituents and are inviting us to return when the financial model is set," Berleth said.

The first day for the new community college is scheduled for Sept. 16. In June, the LCCC College Board of Trustees approved an agreement with the Warrior Run School District to use the former Watsontown Elementary School for a new college campus. The LCCC Greater Susquehanna Center will offer classes in English, math, speech, biology, sociology, art, First Year Experience, computer information systems and CPR.

In-county students are considered any student from Union, Snyder, Montour, Northumberland, Lycoming and Clinton counties. The chamber has visited all boards except Clinton County, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 19 with Clinton County.