Lehigh Carbon Community College will open its new Carbon County operation inside a wing of Jim Thorpe Area High School in Jim Thorpe.
The new location will be ready by Jan. 10 and classes now held at LCCC's Nesquehoning satellite campus will move to Jim Thorpe for the start of the spring 2014 semester.
LCCC is taking over the unused west wing of the high school, which has expanded in other directions. That wing has its own LCCC entrance, six classrooms and access to Jim Thorpe High's library.
The new location will feature smart classrooms, Wi-Fi Internet access, a large, fully furnished student lounge for students to relax between classes, a large, outdoor veranda, a computer lab and off-street parking. It also has a separate faculty lounge.
Staff will be on hand to provide students with assistance for admissions and advising, access to the LCCC bookstore and express service for registration.
The new satellite campus will serve the post-secondary educational and training needs of Carbon County residents and the surrounding community as well as regional businesses of the county, explained college spokesmen.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity to join the community of Jim Thorpe,” said Dr. Ann Bieber, acting LCCC president,in a news release.
“The Jim Thorpe site offers our students in Carbon County access to LCCC’s strong academic programs combined with excellent facilities and the convenience of an improved location – all as a part of the fourth most beautiful town in the country.”
A “Meet the LCCC Cougars” night is being organized for early December for neighbors of the facility, county executives, Jim Thorpe borough leaders, Jim Thorpe Area School District administrators, teachers and students, and LCCC staffers, faculty and LCCC students.
“’The ‘Meet the LCCC Cougars’ night is a great opportunity for us to get to know our neighbors a little better,” explained Jeanne Miller, LCCC’s director of Carbon and Schuylkill County Educational Services.
“We’ll have LCCC staffers there to answer any questions our new neighbors may have and open up lines of communication for everyone.”
LCCC has had a presence in Carbon County since it was located in the Carbon County Vocational Technical School in 1994. It moved to the Nesquehoning site in 1999.
More than 2,000 students from Carbon County attend LCCC for credit and non-credit classes in Carbon or at one of its five other locations – main campus in Schnecksville, Tamaqua, Allentown, the Lehigh Valley International Airport and also at the Baum School of Art in Allentown.
Founded in 1966, LCCC serves more than 7,500 students from Lehigh, Carbon, Schuylkill and surrounding counties.