On May 23, the President of the Universidad Central del Este (UCE) José Hazim Torres was visiting Hazleton, together with his advisor José Oviedo, who later met with April Harris Snyder, director of Lackawanna College and then met with Krista Schneider, director of the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, who works on the revitalization of downtown (Downtown).
Krista showed Oviedo the building where the Lunch Box will operate, a Penn State initiative that will be implemented this year to help young entrepreneurs.
She also showed him the building where the Arts Center will operate. Jose Oviedo visited Luzerne County Community College with Ivelisse Eufracio, Fermín Díaz and Eddy Ulerio and in the afternoon, they visited Penn State, for a tour of their facilities; they met with Hazleton Penn State, President Dr. Gary Lawler and the Dean Elizabeth Wright.
Fermin Diaz, vice president of The Society of Hispanic Professionals and member of the Board of Directors of Penn State University, is making the effort to create educational relationships between Dominican universities and local universities, with the purpose of exchange cultural knowledge and the possibility of creating economic ties between the Dominican Republic and this area.
Due to a health condition of the President José Hazim, the meeting scheduled for the next day with CAN DO was postponed. Hazim Torres, expressed his intention to return to Hazleton, to conclude with the commitments assumed.