New science center enhances future of Lycoming College

It’s not easy for liberal arts colleges to keep pace with other schools in an age of “career prep” emphasis. That doesn’t mean those colleges can’t be just as strong in the career preparation field.

Lycoming College took a strong step in that direction with Saturday’s dedication of the Lynn Science Center.

The center named for Williamsport native and Lycoming alum Peter Lynn and his wife, Joyce in recognition of their support of the school, puts Lycoming in the upper tier of science offerings among colleges.

The new facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories and scientific instruments and a planetarium for studying celestial bodies and terrestrial terrain.

Connected to the Heim Science Building, the new structure brings all of the school’s science department under one roof. That department includes the recently added astrophysics major and collaborative engineering program. That’s the sort of thing that keeps a school relevant and competitive.

The other way to remain relevant and competitive is by connecting to the community where a school is.

To that end, the center will host programs for kindergarten through 12th grade students, preschoolers and local civic groups in the interest of inspiring young people to pursue a career in science.

The entire package that the new science center offers represents a major selling point that enhances Lycoming College’s future.