Social Force Sponsors Giving Tree to Benefit Local Children




Johnson College student organization, Social Force, collected presents for over 50 children in the Scranton area. The students sponsored a giving tree in the Moffat Student Center with the names of local children in need. Students, faculty, staff and alumni donated gifts to fulfill the wishes of every child. The donations went to two North Scranton Head Start locations as well as families identified by students. Under the supervision of Ms. Emily Holmes, Counselor & Manager of Disability Services, the giving tree at Johnson College has provided local children with presents for the last thirteen years.

Fall 2017 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 2017 semester with a grade point average of 3.90 or higher.

Brandon Butler, Automotive Technology

Sarah Carey, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology

Jerry Coyle, Computer Information Technology

James Davis, Computer Information Technology

Brandon Emmett, Biomedical Equipment Technology

Marsha Geiser, Veterinary Technology

Andrew Giardina, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Adrian Gonzalez, Radiologic Technology

Jordan Hoinsky, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology

Brandon Hudacko, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Clinton Kramer, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology

Ryan Molloy,  Radiologic Technology

Jovanne Morales, Veterinary Technology

Brandon Perini ,  Architectural Drafting & Design Technology

Matthew Robinson,  Computer Information Technology

Natalie Serrano,  Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Heather Smith,  Physical Therapist Assistant

Maura Speicher,  Physical Therapist Assistant

Benjamin Terry, Electronic Engineering Technology

Walter Tompkins,  Automotive Technology

Luke Zalewski,  Electronic Engineering Technology

HVAC Student Receives Prestigious Technical Scholarship

Pedro Santiago, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Instructor; Brandon Caputo; Kellyn Nolan, Chief Academic Officer

Sophomore Brandon Caputo of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program has received a $1,250 Career & Technical Education Scholarship from Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. This scholarship is awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States. He is the first Johnson College student to receive the award in several years and was one of only 25 recipients in the state of Pennsylvania.

The scholarship opportunity was broadly promoted by the Johnson College financial aid department last spring, and was highly endorsed by administration as a reputable award that recognizes exemplary students pursuing technical occupations. Caputo said “I was so excited to receive the email that I was a 2017 Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholar. I am honored to receive this scholarship, as it will play a key role in helping me achieve my degree. Because of the generosity of Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., the financial burden placed on me to pursue my education has been greatly reduced.”

The award was especially rewarding for Caputo, a graduate of Riverside Jr./Sr. High School, as he explained how he attributed his college success to a late friend and classmate who passed away before his second year at Johnson College. Caputo’s appreciation for the award and recognition was clear when he said, “I feel that career and technology students are often overlooked when it comes to scholarships. It is very kind of the Horatio Alger Association to give scholarships not just to ‘traditional’ college students, but to career and technology students.”

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Johnson College Welcomes New Chief Academic Officer

Johnson College is proud to announce the hiring of Kellyn Nolan as the College’s Chief Academic Officer. Ms. Nolan began her career in higher education in 2010. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and masters in human resource management from Goldey-Beacom College, and is a Ph.D. candidate for a degree in leadership in higher education administration at Capella University.

Ms. Nolan brings to the College several years of experience in higher education and much experience as a community leader. The former director of the Lackawanna College Lake Region Center has also served on numerous community boards and committees including Wayne Tomorrow, Wayne and Pike Workforce, Leadership Wayne, Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counseling, and National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Ms. Nolan is excited to begin her journey at Johnson College and said, “I fully support the College’s mission to provide educational experiences that include real-world experience and advanced technologies. I hope to influence the curriculum and faculty to provide innovative ideas and creative pathways for our students, while collaborating with industry to identify new emerging program areas.”

Katie Pittelli, Executive Vice President of Johnson College is excited to welcome Ms. Nolan to the College and said, “We are looking forward to having Ms. Nolan as a part of Johnson College’s continued tradition of producing highly skilled technical graduates who have an immediate and direct effect on Northeast Pennsylvania.”