It is an exciting time for Lackawanna College as it announced on Wednesday July 13th that beginning in the Fall 2017 semester, it will offer its first-ever bachelor's degree program in its 122-year history. However, with this exciting news, comes the need to clarify what this pronouncement means for its athletic programs.
Essentially, there will be no changes at all. Lackawanna College will remain a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Its athletic department will still operate under that organization's guidelines and rules of that organization and continue to compete as a member of the NJCAA's Region XIX.
Since the NJCAA has rich history and tradition as the national governing body of two-year college athletics that is consistent with Lackawanna College's athletic department mission, Lackawanna College remains committed to the NJCAA and Region XIX.
In particular the Lackawanna College Athletic Department will continue to:
- Provide a positive academic/athletic experience to all individuals regardless of race, religion or gender;
- Offer experiences which enhance and support the individual's academic development and personal growth in a program dedicated to quality and excellence at the NJCAA level;
- Prepare our student-athletes for transfer to four-year institutions, productive careers, active and responsible citizenship and life-long learning; and,
- Emphasizes personal development, professional preparation and degree completion.
We are excited for our 2016-2017 seasons to get underway and look forward to getting our athletes back on campus and competing under the jurisdiction of the NJCAA.