Lebanon College To Reopen As River Valley Community College Branch

Aug 25, 2015

The former site of Lebanon College.
Credit Charlotte Albright/Vermont Public Radio

The recently-closed Lebanon College will reopen next year as a branch of River Valley Community College.

Officials will gather Tuesday afternoon for a press conference to formally announce the school’s reopening.

This comes a year after the small private college announced it was shutting down immediately due to declining enrollment and years of financial struggles.

The college’s reopening was made possible in part by a $1.6 million loan from the US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development.

The loan stems from an amendment US Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster says she introduced to the 2014 Farm Bill, directing the USDA to partner with local communities to increase investment in rural community colleges.