In addition to traditional academic programs, Wilkes helps to further academic and
business pursuits through its involvement with other organizations.
- Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
The Kirby Center is dedicated to the teaching of the principles of free enterprise
and entrepreneurship. The Kirby Scholars Program provides current Wilkes undergraduate
and graduate students with hands-on experience in their chosen discipline while serving
as a resource for businesses at the Wilkes Enterprise Center.
- Office of Global Engagement
The office provides leadership, advocacy and support in the areas of diversity initiatives,
international student and scholar services, and English language learning. The center
develops programs for internationals and underrepresented groups and supports processes
that promote diversity and globalization to help the students, faculty and staff of
Wilkes University increasingly appreciate and maximize the benefits of inclusion,
diversity and global perspectives.
- The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development
The Institute mobilizes the resources of regional institutions of higher education
to engage communities in planning that is informed by research, energized by broad
participation and validated by successful implementation. Wilkes is the managing partner
of the The Institute.
- The Wilkes University Small Business Development Centeris part of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center network and provides
education and confidential, no-cost consulting services to established small business
owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in in Carbon, Columbia, Luzerne, Schuylkill and
- Family Business Alliance
Family Business Alliance provides world class services committed to supporting, strengthening
and empowering local, family owned businesses through educational programs, networking,
counsel and guidance; so that success is achieved for both the business and the family.
- Science in Motion
Science in Motion provides middle and high school students with access to advanced
science experiments, equipment, and instruction for enhanced STEM learning – all at
no cost to the school. Mobile educators visit schools with all supplies needed for
a variety of science experiments. SIM also offers professional development for teachers
through workshops and interaction with other secondary teachers and university faculty.
- Schools & Homes in Education (SHINE)
SHINE is a STEAM project-based after school program for grades pre-k to 12 in six
school districts throughout Luzerne County. The program runs from mid-September to
May, Monday through Thursday, for approximately three hours per night. Students are
provided with 25 minutes of homework assistance, a hot meal, and participate in an
hour and a half to two hours of a STEAM based project.
- Wilkes Institute for Environmental Science and Sustainability
The mission of the Wilkes Institute for Environmental Sciences and Sustainability
is to facilitate faculty and undergraduate research in ecology and environmental science,
to offer enhanced educational opportunities for students with interests in the regional
and global environment, and to address environmental concerns in northeast Pennsylvania
through sharing of information and promotion of sustainable lifestyles.
- Data Science Collaboration Group
Data science draws on expertise from multiple disciplines, including science, engineering,
education, social sciences and business. Data scientists extract data and use technology
to analyze and process to draw useful insights to meet needs and solve problems in
areas such as health care, business, education and the environment. Techniques used
to make sense of this data include machine learning, artificial intelligence and computer
graphics for data visualization.