Johnson College to Offer General Dynamics CNC Operator Training

Johnson College and General Dynamics have partnered to create a customized training program for entry-level CNC operator positions.  Candidates completing the program will be given preferred interview status for the entry-level CNC positions at General Dynamics in Eynon. Although program completion does not constitute an offer of employment, as candidates must meet all other pre-employment qualifications, the program was specifically designed to train individuals to work at General Dynamics. The 285-hour program runs for 12 weeks. Daytime or evening courses are available.

The curriculum includes applied mathematics, blueprint reading, safety, CNC terminology, program reading, CNC lathe setup and operations, CNC milling, as well as hoists, magnets, and turrets. Tuition assistance is available for qualified participants.

The next session begins January 7, 2019 at Johnson College. Register here.

Questions? Please call 570-702-8979 or email

Johnson Named #10 on Nationwide List of Two-Year Trade Colleges

Johnson College has joined the rankings of premiere technical education this morning by being ranked #10 on Forbes Top 25 Two-Year Trade Schools. Of 700 schools considered, Johnson College was recognized as one of the most prominent when it comes to “high-earning alumni, stand-out graduation and retention rates, and respectable debt repayment scores,” according to Forbes. The list of schools highlights industry that seeks a skilled workforce, education that is affordable and accessible. The list was based on IPEDS, College Score Card, and Pay Scale data. The methodology of the list is guided by the question, “What should a high school senior be looking for in higher education?” and according to Forbes, it is “a gateway to a great career.”

Katie Leonard, President  & CEO of Johnson College released the following statement:

“I’m so proud that our college is recognized in this way. It speaks to the quality of the student experience our faculty and staff create for our students and demonstrates the value of a real hands-on education.  Other schools say they offer this but we live it, it is who we are. It also highlights our hard working, highly skilled alumni; they are the heart of the nation’s workforce.”

As one of the most well-known sources for these types of lists, Forbes recognizes that the American workforce has a skills gap and wants to highlight institutions that are contributing to the future of skilled trades. Of the top 25, Johnson College is one of only four private institutions. The closest in the Pennsylvania region ranks #9 and is located in Lancaster, PA. The list ranks based on post-grad success, affordability, completion success, and student experience.

President Leonard is excited about how this ranking can further Johnson College’s reputation as the best technical school in NEPA, “We are educating the future workforce for high demand, well-paying careers. They attend for two years or less and graduate with less debt and a great job with significant growth potential. They earn valuable credentials that no one can take away from them and acquire a skill set they have for life.”

Johnson College Receives Training Equipment from Kenworth Truck Company & PACCAR Engine

Katie Leonard, Johnson College President & CEO; Frank Miller, Vice President at Kenworth of PA; Mark Kozemko, Johnson College Department Chair of Automotive Technology; Tracey Pratt, Johnson College Manager of Development; Willie Hobbs, Service Manager at Kenworth of PA; Tom Szczur, N.E. Region Kenworth Service Manager; Rod Pennington, N.E. Region Kenworth MX Engine District Service Manager; Fred Pope, Kenworth of PA General Manager of Dunmore; Rich Mason, Kenworth of PA Director of Service; and Mike Novak, Johnson College Chief Administrative Officer.

Johnson College has received a brand new Kenworth Engine Trainer to support the Diesel Truck Technology program’s curriculum. The Paccar MX engine, valued at over $53,000 allows students to learn how to rebuild and maintain the PACCAR MX diesel engine. Fred Pope, of Kenworth of PA, said this equipment is important to the Johnson College program and student preparation because “Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks are now around 50% MX engine powered.”

Johnson College and Kenworth of PA have had an ongoing relationship for the last 12 years. Pope said, “It is important for Kenworth of PA to support the college to build entry level technicians and even provide them an opportunity to grow with the company.” As a long time employer and industry partner, Kenworth of PA currently staffs six Johnson College graduates at its Dunmore location.

The Diesel Truck Technology program prepares students as entry-level technicians with the latest information on diagnosis, repair procedures, preventive maintenance, and necessary safety applications in diesel technology. The course prepares students to take the voluntary mechanic certification test (ASE) in heavy-duty trucks. Graduates work as tune-up, brakes, transmission and refrigeration technicians; diesel truck repair and fleet maintenance technicians; service writing technicians; and sales and service representatives.