The Alley Center for Health Sciences is a vibrant and dynamic center for learning and living in the heart of downtown Wilkes-Barre. King's College has revitalized a challenged anchor corner of Public Square in Wilkes-Barre, and transformed this space into an exciting and bold statement. A clear statement of who we are, what we do, and where we are going. A respectful statement about our past... and a hopeful statement about our future.
The Alley Center for Health Sciences is home to:
- Academic programs in state of the art facilities that prepare our students for in-demand and well-paid careers (Physician Assistant Studies, Athletic Training, and Exercise Science).
- Attractive and safe student residences that bring our students directly to the doorsteps of our downtown merchants.
- Community-centered art and cultural displays that tell the story of Northeastern Pennsylvania's history and honor the lives of our community’s people (including The Anthracite Miners and Their Hollowed Ground).
- A restaurant and gathering place that services the needs of students, faculty, staff, and the community at large (Chick-fil-a).
This transformational project has quickly established itself as a safe, productive, and bustling downtown anchor. Alley Center for Health Sciences is already having a positive economic impact on our downtown, creating dozens of jobs and increasing economic activity in the heart of our city.
The Miners Memorial, part of the Alley Center for Health Sciences complex, is a learning center for King's students and visitors to Wilkes-Barre's Public Square.
A gift from James Burke '50--a Wilkes-Barre native and member of King's first graduating class--and his family, the Miners Memorial is a permanent outdoor exhibit detailing the lives of anthracite miners during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Memorial complements local artist Sue Hand's "The Anthracite Miners and Their Hollowed Ground," which is on permanent display in the Alley Center for Health Sciences lobby.
The Miners Memorial consists of five bronze tutorials mounted on black granite pedestals that depict the lives of coal patch miners. The Memorial also includes a bronze Wall of Honor, honoring the memory of individual miners and their families.