Johnson College in Conjunction with Don’s Machine Shop Brings CNC Machining Training to Luzerne County

Johnson College has formed a new relationship with a West Pittston business, Don’s Machine Shop, to bring CNC machining training to Luzerne County. At an Open House at Don’s Machine Shop on Saturday, September, 21st, the public is invited to tour a newly renovated teaching space which will house the new program. Curriculum will train students to utilize, maintain and program Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines which perform subtractive manufacturing methods to materials such as metal. CNC professionals manufacture precision products and components used in a variety of applications such as automotive, medical, electronics, aerospace, transportation, military, and more. The Open House will provide visitors with the opportunity to speak with instructors and meet current CNC machinists to learn about the occupation and job outlook in our region. 

The job training to be offered in conjunction with Don’s Machine Shop is a unique, one-of-a-kind training, open to anyone who is looking for a new career option, and it is delivered on some of the best machining equipment in the region.  Learning a trade with curriculum input from a functioning machine shop like Don’s Machine will help open up opportunities right away.  The relationship between Johnson College and Don’s Machine Shop is another way the College can immediately connect students to industry.  With the growing need for technicians in our region, this opportunity gets skilled technicians prepared adequately and quickly to the employer.  

The first session of CNC classes at 100 Elm Street in West Pittston will begin on Monday, November 4th.  Space is limited.

More about the 510 Hour CNC class:

  • Training includes both theory and hands-on learning experiences for beginner-level students.
  • The cost of the class is $6,250. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. 
  • Successful completion of the 510 hour CNC program allows students to have preferred interview status with Don’s Machine Shop.

More about Don’s Machine Shop:

Sign up for the 510 Hour CNC Session Beginning Monday, November 4th. Space is limited.

Click here to sign up

Questions? Please contact the Johnson College Continuing Education Department at 570-702-8979 or

President Leonard to Interview with Wharton Career Talk Radio

President & CEO of Johnson College, Dr. Katie Leonard, has been invited to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to appear on Career Talk. The interview will take place Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 12 p.m.

Career Talk is a call-in career advice program hosted by Dr. Dawn Graham. Dr. Graham is a Director for The Wharton School’s Executive MBA Program, Instructor in the Wharton Management Department, and author of Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success.

Career Talk is a great way for students, faculty, staff, and the community to ask questions regarding salaries, succeeding in an interview, writing the perfect resume, and more. President Leonard plans to touch on topics such as: the value of technical education, the need for a skilled workforce, benefits to STEM preparation, educating the veteran population, transferring in and out of Johnson College, the student profile, and much more.

To listen in, please visit SoundcloudPlayerFM or iTunes.

To call in to the show with questions or comments, please call 1-844-WHARTON.

Bartolai Family Establishes Student Scholarship

(L-R) Mark Kozemki, ’79, Department Chair of Automotive Technology; Charles Cortez, ’20; Katie Leonard, President & CEO; Ray Bartolai, ’83; Tracey Pratt, Manager of Development

Johnson College is proud to announce the establishment of the Bartolai Family Scholarship Fund. Funded by Ray Bartolai, ’83, the scholarship will provide $500 to one Johnson College student in the Automotive Technology or Biomedical Equipment Technology program.

Bartolai is an Automotive Technology graduate and his brother, Vincent, ’80, is a Biomedical Technology graduate. Bartolai feels that Johnson College played a large part in establishing a career path for him and his brother. He wanted to establish the scholarship to support an Automotive Technology or Biomedical Equipment Technology student to pay it forward in hopes of helping others achieve success as he and Vincent have.

The recipient of this year’s Bartolai Family Scholarship is Charlie Cortez, ’20, from Madison Township. Cortez is the first recipient of this scholarship.

Second Andrew Mazza Diesel Jam Announced

(L-R) Diesel Jam Committee members – Mike Novak, Brittany Corrigan, Phil Mazza, Tracey Pratt, Dawn Ziegler, Brian Viercinski ’14, Theresa Bandru, Willie Hobbs, Chris Greene, Dana Healey, Michael Garofalo, Shane Pantosky, Mark Kozemko ‘79

Johnson College and The Andrew Mazza Foundation are proud to announce the 2nd Andrew Mazza Diesel Jam to be held at Johnson College on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Diesel Jam will be a celebration of the diesel truck community, featuring a truck show, mobile dyno runs, vendors, food, and live entertainment. It will be an all-day (rain or shine) family friendly event. All trucks are invited to participate. Truck registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the award ceremony is at 3:00 p.m.

This event will support the Diesel Truck Technology Program at Johnson College and The Andrew Mazza Foundation. Diesel Truck Technology is a 2-year program designed to prepare students as entry-level technicians with the latest information on diagnosis, repair procedures, preventative maintenance, and necessary safety applications in diesel technology. The program graduates more than 20 students each year who have an immediate impact on the diesel truck industry, especially in Northeast Pennsylvania.

The Andrew Mazza Foundation, started in 2016, supports and enriches the community through Andrew’s passions and hobbies. Proceeds raised from Diesel Jam will enhance and expand the Diesel Truck Technology Program at Johnson, provide students with scholarships, and serve the community in which Andrew called home.

Early truck and mobile dyno registration can be completed through Johnson College’s Website at until June 7, 2019.  The fee to register a truck is a $25 donation. Registration will be limited on the day of the event and will increase to $30 per registration, an additional fee is required to register for the mobile dyno. More information is available by contacting Dawn Ziegler at (570) 313-0369, emailing or on Facebook at Johnson College or The Andrew Mazza Foundation.

Curriculum Integrates Sustainable Practices

Mr. Cole Goldstein and Mr. John DeAngelis

Sustainability means utilizing environmental resources in an efficient way and reducing impact on the environment. It’s a concept that is becoming ever present at a time when climate change and renewable resources are at the forefront of political and news conversations. At Johnson College, sustainable principles are taught in almost all program areas. It is important to teach students how to minimize waste and utilize materials in a smart way. Two programs that have made great strides in the area of sustainability are Architectural Drafting and Design Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Technology.

“As the people that are primary users of materials, raw material into refined material, it is very important for us to think sustainably,” said Cole Goldstein, department chair of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. John DeAngelis, department chair of Architectural Drafting and Design Technology says that this topic isn’t just important to his field but it’s important to the world. Both of these programs bring green practices into the classroom.

Mr. DeAngelis established his sustainability course because he saw that designers were beginning to incorporate sustainable strategies into their designs. In the course, he focuses on the six guiding principles of green building, which are comfort, health, energy efficiency, resource efficiency, longevity, and environmental impact. Incorporating features like sunshades, solar panels or earth roofs might not always be practical or look traditional but thinking about the orientation of a building, windows and the inclusion of a retention pond for runoff all fall under sustainable practices that students need to consider when creating their own designs.

In Advanced Manufacturing Technology, recyclability and design are two of the major practices that are taught. “I try to push my students to work out as many kinks as they can on the computer in CAD (computer-assisted drafting) because in a virtual work space you aren’t using any materials,” Mr. Goldstein explained. Within the CAD program students can test the strengths of their designs with stress tests before 3D printing them. Once the parts are designed, students can print parts with less infill, the inside part of a 3D print, which saves material. Mr. Goldstein continued, “I stress to my students all the time that they need to think about how much material they’re using and why are they using it.”  Johnson College uses biopolymers for 3D printing. These plastics like PET, a type of thermoplastic polymer resin, are made from vegetable starches and are both recyclable and biodegradable.

When it comes to building design, Mr. DeAngelis said, “Every building uses a little bit of sustainable practices.” Large companies like Geisinger, who are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, are leading the way but a lot of smaller companies are also doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. Mr. DeAngelis thinks the idea of sustainability is slow to catch on because of how much it can cost upfront and many of the ideas are not entirely practical or traditional. He said, “People don’t want to put an earth roof on their house, it doesn’t look like what they’re used to.”

Advanced Manufacturing classes are project based, so Mr. Goldstein likes to share real world examples with his students. He said that companies like Volkswagen are using 3D printers in their factories now. “They are being sustainable about that process. It takes them less time, less material, and less cost to actually make add-ons to their tooling.” He also mentioned that Ford 3D prints sand molds for their engine block designs. Mr. Goldstein said that the practice of sustainability is only going to grow. He said, “We’re going to see a continued explosion. Sustainability in industry means cost savings.”

Mr. DeAngelis explained that future jobs in engineering, architecture and contracting will all be thinking about environmental laws because they will have to. “The idea that you can throw something away is not a real idea,” said Mr. DeAngelis, “It’s either in a landfill or some other place.” The process of getting a building site approved can take up to 2 years. All the environmental impact questions need to be answered before that. He says that graduates from the Architectural Drafting and Design Technology program will be involved with the environmental conversation and will be using sustainable practices with every project they do. “So they might not be putting an earth roof on a building but they will be answering questions about ‘why not’.” They will be able to make suggestions that benefit the client as well as our ecosystem.

“The sky’s the limit for our students,” Mr. Goldstein says, “We’re not teaching them how to make a certain part, we’re teaching them how to use certain skills to manufacture anything.” This makes Johnson College graduates more competitive in the field. “When students graduate from here with a two year degree and they understand processes that four year engineering students do – such as understanding how to use artificial intelligence to modify design, to make it lighter and stronger and use less materials, they’re more sought after by employers and industry as a whole.”

Carpentry Auction Benefits Children’s Advocacy Center for Third Year

Todd Campbell, Department Chair of Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology; Katie Leonard, President & CEO of Johnson College; Mary Ann LaPorta, Executive Director of Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA; Rosemary Bohenek, Fundraising & Event Coordinator for Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA; Matthew Darrow, ’19; and Laura Little, Director of Institutional Research and Curriculum.


Johnson College’s Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology program hosted its third auction to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA on Thursday, April 11th. The items up for auction were all created by students in the Carpentry & Cabinetmaking program, and the event was organized by Logistics & Supply Chain Management senior Matthew Darrow, ’19. More than 70 items were auctioned off including cutting boards, chess boards, stools, benches, tables, cabinets, wine racks and a toy box.  Most of the items were made from repurposed wood. The auction raised over $7,000 for the local non-profit and brought together a group of faculty, staff, and parents to showcase the wonderful creations the students work on every day.

Darrow, who organized the event as part of an internship said, “Organizing the auction has prepared me for the workforce by allowing me apply the communication, team work, and project and resource management skills that I have acquired through my education at Johnson.” He was very proud to produce an event that supports children in the region. “It was an honor and tremendous opportunity to be able to work with an amazing organization such as the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA which gives time and support to the youth of our community,” he said

For information about the two-year Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology program, please visit,

To learn more about Logistics & Supply Chain Management, please visit

Johnson College and Keystone College Sign Dual Admission Agreement

Signing the dual admissions agreement on Wednesday, April, 10 at Johnson College are, from left: Bill Burke, associate vice president of enrollment services, Johnson College; Kellyn Nolan, chief academic officer, Johnson College; Katie Leonard, president and CEO, Johnson College; Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D., president, Keystone College; Karen Yarrish, Ph.D., interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, Keystone College; and Janine Becker, Ph.D., vice president, enrollment, Keystone College.

Keystone College and Johnson College have signed a dual admission agreement enabling Johnson graduates with associate degrees or certificates in several programs to seamlessly transfer to Keystone to pursue their bachelor degrees.

Under the agreement:

  • Johnson graduates with an associate of science degree in computer information technology can transfer into Keystone’s bachelor of science programs in computer science or information technology
  • Johnson graduates with an associate degree in logistics and supply chain management can transfer into Keystone’s bachelor of science program in business
  • Johnson graduates with an associate degree in veterinary technology can transfer into Keystone’s bachelor of science program in biology.
  • Johnson graduates with certificates in welding or in building and property maintenance can transfer into Keystone’s bachelor of science program in business
  • Johnson graduates with an associate degree physical therapist assistant can transfer into Keystone’s bachelor of science program in pre-physical therapy.

Students transferring into Keystone programs must meet minimum cumulative grade-point average requirements and satisfy all other transfer requirements.

The agreement is effective in the fall of 2019. Students transferring from Johnson to Keystone will enter with third year status.

“Partnering with Keystone College provides a new pathway to a bachelor’s degree for Johnson College students. Having a pathway to a bachelor’s degree provides the opportunity for students to stack their credentials and further advance in their careers,” said Johnson College President and CEO Katie Leonard.

“This dual admission agreement between Keystone College and Johnson College suits students of both schools perfectly,” said Keystone President Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D.

“In today’s professional world, students should have the option of pursuing career pathways that work best for them. The more educational options they have, the more professional opportunities they will have in the future.”

2019 Youth Summer Camps Announced

This summer, we welcome students aged 11-16 (grades 6-10) to spend time at Johnson College for our summer camp offerings. Summer Camp is an opportunity for your student to spend time on our campus, and learn something new while having fun! Multiple camps will take place in the time between June 24th and August 8th, 2019. Camps will run between the times of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Please see individual camp information for more details.

All student participants must complete the Permission Slip Application and Photo Waiver before attending camp at Johnson College.

Please click on the session name for more information, to register and pay.

Summer Camps are offered through the Continuing Education Department. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have by calling 570-702-8979 or email

2019 Camp Sessions:

Electronics STEM
July 8th – 12th
8 AM – 12 PM

  • Learn the purpose, process, and techniques of soldering
  • Build a soldering board
  • Design circuits
  • Design and build around CPE
  • Learn computer languages used in Electronics Design and Coding
  • $150


Introduction to Veterinary Surgery
August 6th – 8th
8 AM – 12 PM

  • Overview of common surgical procedures
  • Learn about veterinary hospital set up
  • Learn about veterinary surgical techniques
  • Make your own suture board
  • Practice suture patterns
  • $120

Solar Power
July 1st – 3rd
9 AM – 12 PM

  • Learn about solar cells
  • Learn how to convert cell voltage
  • Learn about lithium ion batteries, and the concept of lithium charging
  • Assemble battery pack
  • Assemble solar module
  • Circuit test
  • $99

Carpentry Auction Set For April 11th

Matthew Darrow, ’19


Johnson College’s Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology program will host an auction to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA on Thursday, April 11th. The items up for auction were all created by students in the Carpentry & Cabinetmaking program, and the event was organized by Project Management student Matthew Darrow, ’19. More than 60 items will be auctioned off including cutting boards, chess boards, stools, benches, tables, cabinets, wine racks and a toy box. Most of the items were made from re-purposed wood. Last year’s auction raised over $3,000 for the local non-profit and brought together a group of faculty, staff, and parents to showcase the wonderful creations the students work on every day.

The public are invited to attend the auction in Woolworth Hall. Browsing begins at 5 p.m. and the auction begins at 6 p.m. To register, please click here.

For information about the two-year Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology program, please click here.

Employee Promotions Announced

Johnson College announces that two employees have been promoted.

Stephenie Vergnetti has been promoted to Vice President of Human Resources and Senior Advisor to the President & CEO. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Marywood University and a Master’s in Human Resources from the University of Scranton. Ms. Vergnetti has been with the College since 2012 and resides in Clarks Summit with her husband and two sons.

Barbara Byrne M.Ed., R.T. (R) (MR) has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Faculty and Continuing Education and also is the Program Director for Radiologic Technology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Misericordia University and a Master’s of Education from Concordia University. Ms. Byrne has been with the College since 2011 and resides in Moosic with her husband and two daughters.