Shania Shelton and Penn State Wilkes-Barre Staff

Time To Truly Understand How Invaluable A College Education Is

Penn State Wilkes-Barre and the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education Recognizes 2018 Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year

By: Rachel Olszewski

Shania Shelton, a Rehabilitation and Human Services student, has been honored by the Luzerne County Council on Adult Higher Education as the Penn State Wilkes-Barre 2018 Outstanding Adult Learner recipient.

Shelton was born and raised in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania.  In addition to her studies at PSU Wilkes-Barre, she works as a beverage server at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  Shaina currently assists in a research study regarding positive psychology and alopecia, and works with fellow students in improving their research skills.  Over the past two years, Shaina has volunteered her time at Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge.  Volunteering at Blue Chip has inspired her to incorporate shelter doges into her future counseling career by having shelter dogs present during counseling sessions to provide comfort to clients.

According to Shelton, she has never considered herself an adult learner, “I’m someone who needed some time to truly understand how invaluable a college education is.”  

Shelton was joined by her family and faculty/staff from Penn State Wilkes-Barre to accept her award during a dinner event at Misericordia University on March 20, 2018. 

Shania Shelton and Penn State Wilkes-Barre CE Staff

Shania Shelton and Penn State Wilkes-Barre CE Staff Members: Jane Ashton, Pam Langdon, and Karen Gallia

Image: Penn State

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.

Shelton will graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre provides a world-renowned university in a smaller, more intimate setting.  Dedicated staff and teachers have helped students of all ages since the campus’ inception in 1916 and continue to provide excellent education and support.  Penn State Wilkes-Barre boasts eight Bachelor’s degrees and four Associate’s degrees and the ability to start one of over 160 degrees at Penn State Wilkes-Barre and continue at another campus.