Serving more than 200 students, Alvernia’s Schuylkill Center will relocate in October 2009 to approximately 10,400 square feet of space in the Cressona Mall. Between now and October, contractors will execute a $500,000 renovation project to turn a section of the Cressona Mall into a total of eight classrooms, in addition to new student and faculty lounges.
The relocation will enable Alvernia to offer an improved teaching and learning center. New classrooms will include state-of-the-art-technology, with permanent video-conference availability, and smart boards. The consolidation of sites will permit and allow for ample parking, and more efficient services.
Alvernia has offered programs in Schuylkill County since 1995 in partnership with McCann School of Business and Technology at its location in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. In 2003, Alvernia partnered with the Schuylkill Community Education Council to offer graduate education classes in the Rockwood Center.
“We are anxious to make a stronger commitment to the Schuylkill community. Moving our programs under one roof will allow us to offer better student services. Since all of the students will be in one location, we’ll be able to have someone on site at all times to work with them,” said Mary Sacavage, director of the Alvernia University Schuylkill Center. “Out of the other places we explored, the Cressona Mall had the room for expansion and was overall the best fit.”
Alvernia’s Schuylkill Center employs part-time faculty and offers bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, elementary education, business, and graduate degree programs in business administration and education, as well as teacher certification programs in elementary, secondary, and special education, and school principal certification.