Laurie Slawson, who has helped more than 50 individuals in the Lackawanna community obtain their high-school equivalency diploma received the "Educator of the Year" award from Lackawanna City Court Chief Judge Frederic J. Marrano.
Classs are held at Lackawanna City Hall through partnerships with Erie Community College Pathways to Success Department, Maryvale Adult Education Division and Lackawanna City Court.
The partnership was formed 21 years ago by Marrano and Richard C. Washousky, ECC executive vice president of academic affairs. Its goal was to allow more accessible education opportunities to individuals involved in the court system.
The Lackawanna program has the highest success rate of all 8th Judicial Courts in Erie and Niagara counties. The ECC Pathways to Success program provides 10-week non-credit instructions for adults planning to start college, but are not ready academically to gain admission.