Biomedical Equipment Technology Students Modify Toys for Special Needs Children

Just in time for the holiday season, senior students in Johnson College’s Biomedical Equipment Technology Program donated toys to children at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.

Students recently visited the Center to drop off a number of different toys, fully equipped with fresh batteries. Many Elmo toys were donated as well as two very special toys, which were modified with special needs children in mind. A number of senior Biomedical Equipment Technology students spent time rewiring a talking doll and a walking dinosaur so that the controls would be easier for handicapped children to activate.

Doug Hampton, Chairperson of the Biomedical Equipment Technology Program, explained, “My students adapted the toys by rewiring small switches, which are hard for special needs children to switch on and off. Now, the toys could be activated with the press of a large button instead. The students loved the hands-on experience of modifying the toys, and felt very good about donating them to the children at St. Joseph’s Center.”

To find out more about St. Joseph’s Center, which is currently celebrating its 125th Anniversary, visit

The Biomedical Equipment Technology Program at Johnson College prepares students as entry-level technicians for the operation, inspection, installation, calibration, repair, maintenance, and safety of patient-care and non-patient care equipment. Visit to learn more.

From left to right (Back Row):
  Doug Hampton, Chairperson of Biomedical Equipment Technology Program; Kelly Flanagan, St. Joseph’s Center; Joseph Trescavage, Jr. ’13, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Scranton; Jason Wallick ’13, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Factoryville
From left to right (Front Row):  Tiler Thompson, St. Joseph’s Center; Fancy Wideman, St. Joseph’s Center

Johnson College Giving Tree Benefits Over 100 Local Children

One of the Johnson College Social Force Club’s most successful activities throughout the academic year is the Annual Giving Tree. This year, the College’s students, faculty, and staff made holiday gift wishes come true for over 100 local children in need. Thanks to the Giving Tree, the holidays are much brighter for children in three of Scranton’s Head Start Programs and for many of the children of the College’s very own students and alumni as well.

The College’s Social Force Club is a community service organization that also provides cultural and social activities for students. Visit to find out more about Johnson College and its community involvement.

From left to right:
  Jeffrey Mikolaichik ’13, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, West Wyoming; Aaron Bernatovich ’13, Electronic Technology, Moscow; Rebecca Woloszyn ’14, Veterinary Technology, Taylor; John Eggleston ’13, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology, Clarks Summit; Kira Blevins ’13, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Tobyhanna

Cars on Campus Sets Record

Over 165 classic cars and unique vehicles were on display for Johnson College’s Cars on Campus on September 9, 2012. The event, presented by Manasek Auto Parts, Inc., raised a record $7,825.87 for the Cars on Campus Scholarship Fund, far exceeding the $5,000 goal!

Hundreds of car lovers, students, alumni, and community friends visited campus to enjoy the sights of the remarkable automobiles, the sounds of DJ Conor McGuigan, and the tastes of some delicious refreshments.

Awards were given out in a number of categories. Big winners included Tom Millard’s 1955 Brockway, which won the 2012 Best in Show Award, and George Caswell’s Cadillac Limousine, which took home this year’s President’s Pick Award.

Rudi Dickinson ‘11, who was instrumental in reviving the College’s car show three years ago after a five year hiatus, shares, “It’s great to give back to the College which has given me the skills to pursue a successful life. My hope is that the Cars on Campus Scholarship gives others the same opportunities.”

Johnson College thanks its 2012 Cars on Campus Sponsors
From Left to Right (Front Row): Rebecca Griffis, Jack Williams Tire; Dave Manasek, Manasek Auto Parts, Inc. (A NAPA Dealership); Dave Hopkins, Dalton Garage; Nancy Nealon, Johnny’s Car Wash
From Left to Right (Back Row): Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, Johnson College; Tracey Williams, Jack Williams Tire; Mary Ann Novak, McGrail, Merkel & Quinn; John Nonnemacher, Snyder & Clemente, Katie Leonard, Johnson College; Heather Stuart, Johnson College

Tom Millard’s 1955 Brockway, 2012 Best in Show

George Caswell’s Cadillac Limousine, 2012 President’s Pick

Johnson College’s 2012 Cars on Campus raised a record $7,825.87 for the Cars on Campus Scholarship Fund!