Johnson College President Interviewed in NY Times Article

Scranton, PA – July 22nd, 2013: Dr. Ann L. Pipinski , President & CEO is quoted in the New York Times article, “Snapshots of Upwardly Mobile Areas.”   The article focuses on research conducted by four economists from Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley.  By the measurements of the study Scranton stands out as one of the American cities where poor people have among the best odds of entering into the middle class. 

The article highlights the stories of several people from the areas that came out strong in upward mobility and Dr. Pipinski is one of three individuals to be interviewed from the Scranton area.  You will see from the article the role that education plays in a person’s ability to achieve upward mobility, particularly attaining a two-year degree.

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Johnson College Annual Golf Tournament Raises $31,000

24 Johnson College Alumni took part in this year’s Johnson College Open

Scranton, PA – July 17, 2013  On May 17, 2013, over 120 golfers, which included 24 Johnson College alumni, gathered at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top, PA for the benefit of current and future Johnson College students. The 21st Annual Johnson College Open, presented by new presenting sponsor Gerrity’s Supermarkets, raised over $31,000 – the 2nd highest amount raised for the Presidential Scholarship Fund!

This year’s scholarship awardees include seniors Nicholas DeSanto ’14, Jermyn, Electronic Technology and Deborah Sullivan ‘14, Lake Ariel, Veterinary Technology, as well as freshmen Peter Dimick ’15, West Wyoming and Edward Serio ‘15 of Honesdale.

1st Row: Stacey Ondik, Sweda Advertising, Joe Shay ‘85, Shay Demolition, Tom Donahue, Lamar Advertising, Joe Durkin, Reilly Associates & Johnson College Vice Chairman of the Board, David Manasek, Manasek Auto Parts.
2nd row, Nick Costanzo, L.R.Costanzo, Scholarship Awardees Nicholas DeSanto ’14, Jermyn Electronic Technology and Deborah Sullivan ‘14, Lake Ariel, Veterinary Technology.
3rd Row, Katie Leonard, Senior VP of Institutional Advancement and Dr. Ann Pipinski, President & CEO of Johnson College. Not pictured are scholarship awardees Peter Dimick ’15, West Wyoming and Edward Serio ‘15 of Honesdale.


Scranton Area Foundation Awards Johnson College Nearly $25,000

A grant from the Scranton Area Foundation helped purchase all of these anatomical models for Johnson College. They will be instrumental in teaching students for the new Physical Therapist Assistant Program that starts this fall.

Scranton, PA – June 13, 2013 – Johnson College’s new Health Science Technology Center and Physical Therapist Assistant program continue to grow thanks to help from The Scranton Area Foundation. The Foundation awarded a $24,910 grant to the College to help purchase medical educational equipment for its Physical Therapist Assistant Program (PTA). The PTA program is the first in Johnson College’s new Health Science Technology Center which was completed last year.

Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO Scranton Area Foundation says, “The Scranton Area Foundation is proud to partner with an organization like Johnson College.  This project exemplifies what our mission is all about – to enhance the quality of life for all people in Lackawanna County.  Johnson College’s new PTA program will provide quality education and jobs to our region and we are excited to be a part of their progress.”

The care that Physical Therapist Assistants provide to patients is based on a sound understanding of human anatomy and physiology.  Of specific interest are the skeletal and muscular systems, which provide the foundation for more job specific skills that students will learn in subsequent classes.  The anatomical models that were purchased will provide three dimensional views of a variety of anatomical structures for students to visualize, manipulate, and learn.  These models include muscles of the arm and leg, functional joints of the shoulder, hip, knee, and elbow, vertebral column, and a full skeleton.

Physical therapy often involves the use of modalities in conjunction with therapeutic exercise or functional activities, in order to decrease pain and swelling and to promote tissue healing.  Electrical stimulation and ultrasound are two common modalities that are used and students are required to be competent in the use of this type of equipment as entry-level technicians.  The two 3-channel combo units and the 4-channel combo unit that were purchased with the grant money are electrical stimulation/ultrasound machines that will be used to train students on their use.  They were chosen because they are common units that are seen in local physical therapy clinics.

The hand dynamometers are instruments that are used to measure grip strength.  As a Physical Therapist Assistant, students will be expected to collect data that is pertinent to measuring strength, and these dynamometers are one way that students can measure muscle strength in those muscles and compare right and left side strength.

The short throw units and smart boards are installed in the labs and lecture rooms in the building.  They allow for modern electronic instruction.  Instructors can use these as they would a touch screen electronic device to present power point presentations or show videos.

A grant from the Scranton Area Foundation helped purchase anatomical models for Johnson College. They will be instrumental in teaching students for the new Physical Therapist Assistant Program that starts this fall.
From left to right, Ann Pipinski, President of Johnson College, Laura Ducceschi, President & CEO Scranton Area Foundation (SAF), Cathy Fitzpatrick, SAF Donor Services Associate, Karen Clifford, SAF Advisory Board, Katie Lenoard, VP of Institutional Advancement – Johnson College


Johnson College Featured on WNEP-TV’s Power to Save

Johnson College was featured on WNEP-TV’s “Power to Save” specialClick HERE to watch!

Host, Jackie Lewandoski visited campus to highlight the future of our Automotive and Diesel Truck Technology Programs.

The college has partnered with Cabot Oil and Gas and others in the gas industry to help lay the groundwork to add compressed natural gas (CNG) technology components to our transportation programs.

President Dr. Ann Pipinski was interviewed, along with Mike Novak, Transportation Division Chair and Diesel Truck Technology Department Chair, and Mark Kozemko, Automotive Instructor.  Kenworth of Pennsylvania supplied a CNG powered truck for the interview. The “Power to Save” segment is sponsored by Cabot Oil and Gas.

As an added bonus, Jackie got to get behind the wheel of the CNG truck, with Mike Novak by her side, for a drive around campus!  Please be sure to tune in to check out this special that will showcase Johnson College, our students and the outstanding relationships we have with industry.