Penn State Extension
Penn State Extension
The Penn State Cooperative is an extension of Penn State University and is designed to provide educational services at a local level.

Our Mission

To extend non-formal outreach, educational opportunities to individuals, families, businesses, and communities throughout Pennsylvania. To enable the Commonwealth to maintain a competitive and environmentally sound food and fiber system and prepare youth, adults and families to enhance the quality of their lives and participate more fully in community decisions.

We believe that all people should have access to science-based information. 

Penn State Extension is a modern educational organization dedicated to delivering science-based information to people, businesses, and communities. We provide access to face-to-face and online education to our customers—when they want it, where they want it, and how they want it—to help them address problems and take advantage of opportunities for improvement and innovation. Partnering with and funded by federal, state, and county governments, we have a long tradition of bringing unbiased support and education to the citizens of Pennsylvania. We make a difference locally through focused engagement, and more widely to customers connecting in the digital landscape.

4-H 2024
Lackawanna County Commissioners Bill Gaughan, Matt McGloin and Chris Chermak proclaimed the week of March 17-23 as 4-H week in Lackawanna County. The Board of Commissioners welcomed the Lackawanna 4-H and the Penn State Extension to its second March meeting to learn more about 4-H programs.

Pictured from left to right, Commissioner McGloin, Commissioner Gaughan, Amy Capman, 4-H Volunteer; Avery Capman, 4-H Member; Lexie Kelly, Lackawanna Extension Council Member; Stephen Alessi, Client Relationship Manager Penn State Extension; and Commissioner Chermak.

Mental Health First Aid Series

ALL MHFA (Mental Health First Aid) PROGRAMS LISTED IN ONE LOCATION Mental Health awareness is essential in knowing how to help those in crisis find the help and care they need. Penn State Extension offers instructor-led virtual training in Mental Health First Aid. Find a course that works for you:

Mental Health First Aid for Adults Webinars Play a role in helping those with mental health or addiction concerns. Mental Health First Aid is a live instructor-led webinar from Penn State Extension that will give you the skills you need to help those in crisis find the care they need. Register here:

MHFA for Adults working with Children and Youth Webinars Do you remember being a kid? It’s not easy. Learn how to help the young people in your life by attending Mental Health First Aid for Adults Working with Children and Youth. This course, offered by Penn State Extension, is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, and other caring adults science-based methods to identify, help, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance use challenges among kids 8-18. Register here:

Mental Health First Aid for those interacting with Older Adults Webinars Get the science-based training you need to support older people in your life who may be developing mental health or substance use challenges. Mental Health First Aid for Older Adults, offered by Penn State Extension, is instructor-led virtual training you can trust. Register here:

Pennsylvania Department of Health and Penn State Extension to Provide Free Water Testing for a limited number of Private Wells, Springs, and Cisterns in Lackawanna County

Have you ever had the drinking water from your well, spring, or cistern tested for lead and other health-related pollutants?  If not, here’s your chance!

Penn State Extension has received funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Health cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Health Capacity building initiative (Grant #1NUE1EH001414-01-00) and with support from the Penn State Master Well Owner Network to provide no-cost drinking water testing to a limited number of homeowners in Lackawanna County using private water wells, springs, or cisterns.

Each water supply will receive testing through a PA DEP state accredited water testing laboratory for  coliform bacteria, E.coli bacteria, nitrate, manganese, arsenic, lead, copper, barium, and sodium.  Registration will be limited to approximately 35 households.  Each household must own or rent a primary residence (no camps) in Lackawanna County that uses a private well, spring or cistern for a drinking water supply.  Registrants are required to attend a one-hour initial webinar on April 26, 2022 at 4:00 pm ET to learn about the testing program.  After attending the webinar, homeowners will be mailed a water testing kit.  Optional follow-up webinars will be offered to provide interpretation of results and to answer questions.  Registration and further information for this testing programs is available online at  or by calling 1-877-345-0691.

If you have any questions about this no-cost testing program, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 (phone) or (email).

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Administrative Contacts
Stephen Alessi
Client Relations Manager
Phone: 570-963-6842
Fax: 570-963-6853
Email: Contact Me