Automotive Technology is Reaccredited by NATEF

The Automotive Technology program at Johnson College has received reaccreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Johnson College’s automotive program has been reaccredited in the following areas: Engine Repair; Automatic Transmission/Transaxle; Manual Transmission and Drive Axles; Suspension and Steering; Brakes; Electrical/Electronic Systems; Heating and Air Conditioning; Engine Performance.

To achieve this renewed recognition, the school’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.

Mr. Mark Kozemko, Automotive Technology Instructor; Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President and CEO of Johnson College; and Mr. Michael Novak, Director of Industry and Department Chair of Diesel Truck Technology
Mr. Mark Kozemko, Automotive Technology Instructor; Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President and CEO of Johnson College; and Mr. Michael Novak, Director of Industry and Department Chair of Diesel Truck Technology

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Donald Seyfer, former NATEF Chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Johnson College’s graduates will be employable as entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by Johnson College, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.” Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Johnson College be reaccredited by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to accrediting automotive training programs.

Mark Kozemko, Automotive Technology Instructor at Johnson College added, “During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would continue to meet strict industry standards, and now we are excited to remain among the ranks of the ASE accredited training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

Johnson College’s Automotive Technology program is an Associate of Applied Science degree program that prepares students as entry-level technicians in the automobile and diesel industries. Graduates can work for employers in the career fields of automotive, truck, farm and earthmoving equipment dealerships; truck, power generation and construction companies; automotive service centers; engine repair/machine shops; automotive equipment distributors; independent service garages; automotive parts manufacturers; sales representation; as well as auto insurance companies.   Graduates may work with brake systems, transmissions, alignments and repairs; be representatives in claim, sales and service, or become truck/fleet maintenance technicians.

To learn more about the Automotive Technology program, check out the program webpage.

Fall President’s List Announced

Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President & CEO of Johnson College, has announced the President’s List of students who have completed the Fall 2015 semester with a grade point average of 3.90 or higher. Congratulations to all of our students who earned this academic recognition.

Frank Polumbo, Hughestown, Computer Information Technology
Dustin Schroeter, Scranton, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Justin Hull, Archbald, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Brian Romancheck, Drums, Diesel Truck Technology
Andrew Hart, Scranton, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology
Justin Roche, Dupont, Computer Information Technology
Patrick Munley, Dickson City, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Mon Basnet, Scranton, Computer Information Technology
Robert Kulick, Springbrook Twp., Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Ashley  Custard-Allen, Lake Ariel, Computer Information Technology
Jennifer Page, Clarks Summit, Physical Therapist Assistant
Bettina Dorow, Dunmore, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology
Mitesh Patel, Scranton, Computer Information Technology
Jenna   Lehman, Dallas, Radiologic Technology
Kristina Kornova, Forty-Fort, Veterinary Technology
Michael Zangardi, Dickson City, Computer Information Technology
Jeffrey Arnold, Waymart, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning
John Decker, Moscow, Business Management Technology
Jonathon Beckage, Olyphant, Electronic Technology
Anthony Brogna, Pittston, Computer Information Technology
Shauna Fahad, Scranton, Computer Information Technology
Nicholas Hojnacki, Scranton, Business Management Technology
Jonathan Maxwell, Bear Creek, Business Management Technology
Christina Belko, Old Forge, Physical Therapist Assistant
Nicole  Bartell, Tafton, Veterinary Technology
Adam   Brooks, Rome, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Matthew Burke, S. Abington Township, Biomedical Equipment Technology

Johnson College Announces Record Setting Spring Enrollment

As the open house season gains momentum to fill college classrooms for the fall, Johnson College is celebrating exceeding their spring goal for 2016. Johnson College places a high priority on retaining students from year to year, while also continuing on its growth trajectory by attracting new students. This demonstrates how the type of education Johnson provides is setting students up for success.

This fall, the College accomplished record-setting freshman enrollment. Johnson College’s fall freshman enrollment reached 108% of the goal with over 300 students enrolled. This was the largest freshman class for the two-year technical college. Additionally, the College has surpassed its spring goal, by enrolling 34 students that make up 113% of the 30 student goal set. Total enrollment this year is 471, accounting for the most students on campus in the College’s history.

This spring, Johnson College is more appealing to students than ever before. It has more course offerings in the evening and provides spring start students the opportunity to take at least one of their core courses in their first semester which in the past was not possible because of a mod-based schedule system. Rita Lapera, Director of Enrollment at the College said the revised spring offerings, especially the core course offerings for 2016 “get new students engaged right from the start.”

Lapera also credited the type of education offered at Johnson which is in constant demand by people in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She said the 90% job placement rate is a key reason students choose to attend the college in North Scranton, “All of our technology-driven programs offered at Johnson College prepare students for in-demand family sustaining careers in as little as two years with significantly less debt than four year institutions.” Additionally, between 94% and 97% of Johnson College students receive some type of financial aid.

After celebrating the first winter commencement just a few weeks ago, the College now has more options than ever for students to attain their degree in a timely fashion so they can get right out into their high-demand careers. The College provides a type of education that suits many types of people. With new flexibility initiatives and dual-enrollment, the College is seeing an influx of transfer students, nontraditional students, and veterans seeking hands-on training through degree programs and continuing education offerings. “One in every three students at Johnson College is a transfer student,” said Lapera. She also mentioned that the graduation rate for transfer students is 5% higher than the College’s average. The spring semester has brought an additional 13 transfer students onto the Johnson College campus to begin degrees.

The Spring Open House  will take place on February 27th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Moffat Student Center. There will also be a Financial Aid Workshop on the same day at 8 a.m.