Adult Learner Award

Adult Learner Award

Each year the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education, a consortium of the Adult/Continuing Education offices of College Misericordia, King's College, Luzerne County Community College, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, and Wilkes University, sponsors an awards ceremony and dinner to recognize outstanding achievement by an adult learner at each institution.


Scott Named 2017 Penn State Wilkes-Barre Outstanding Adult Learner

Amanda-Claudia Scott, Corporate Communication student, has been honored by the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education as the Penn State Wilkes-Barre 2017 Outstanding Adult Learner recipient.

Scott was born and raised in New York, NY.  She attended the City University of New York prior to becoming a student at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

A full time student, Scott holds two part-time positions – one at the Athletic and Recreation Building at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the other at Kay Jewelers.  She is trilingual in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language and was recently offered a summer position as a Resident Assistant in the first ever Deaf and Hard of Hearing Academy for students aged 11-17 at Penn State University, State College.  Scott has also traveled extensively both nationally and internationally. 

“Amanda-Claudia’s first semester at Penn State Wilkes-Barre was not without complications,” explains Campus Counselor Sarah Luvender. “But with her determination, she stepped up, accessed her resources and used her communication skills to navigate forward. Amanda-Claudia personifies perseverance, yet she maintains a grace that makes it seem like a pleasure.”

 Scott was joined by her immediate family and faculty/staff from Penn State Wilkes-Barre to accept her award during a dinner event at Wilkes University on March 20, 2017.

This award is sponsored by the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education.  This council is a collaboration of local higher education institutions including Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Misericordia University, King’s College, Wilkes University and Luzerne County Community College.

Scott will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communication.

Pictured above first row seating L-R: Wanda Ochei, Director of Student Services and Engagement, Student Programs & Services ; Amanda-Claudia Scott, Outstanding Adult Learner Award Recipient; Dr. Dale Jones, Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, Penn State Wilkes-Barre; Sarah Luvender, Campus Counselor, Instructor. Back row standing L-R: Jackie Warnick-Piatt, Coordinator of Student Activities, Student Programs & Services; Suzanne Attanasio, Campus Nurse, Health Services; Karen Winters, Administrative Assistant, Athletics; Janet Jones, Education & Training Specialist, Penn State Wilkes-Barre; and Jane Ashton, Director, Continuing Education