Chuck Dunn, Manufacturers Representative for Leading Technologies, Advanced Hydronics; Leonard Carlucci, Sales Representative, R.J. Walker; Michael McDonnell, Sr. Vice President of Marketing and Mid-Atlantic Sales, Peerless Boilers; Walter Wood, HVAC Program Director, Johnson College; and Michael Visbisky, HVAC Instructor, Johnson College.

Johnson College is pleased to announce it has received a high efficiency combination boiler for the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) program from RJ Walker, Co. and Peerless Boilers. The PBC-34 boiler will serve as a training tool in the classroom. 

Walter Wood, HVAC Program Director, said industry partnerships like the one between the College and RJ Walker and Peerless Boilers are important because of the real world experience it brings into the classroom. He said, “With such a demand in the HVAC field, these companies look to Johnson College to fill industry’s needs.” Students will be able to learn how to install and troubleshoot this type of boiler before completing the program. Michael Visbisky, HVAC Instructor, added that, “With such a changing field, it is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work on a new model of boiler. This is definitely a great new addition to our classroom lab experience and something my students and I are excited about installing and working on.” 

Johnson College Annual Golf Tournament Raises over $40,000 for Student Scholarships

Johnson College held its 27th Annual Johnson College Open on May 9, 2019 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top, PA.  Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors and participation by students and alumni, the College exceeded its fundraising goal by raising a total net revenue of over $40,000 for the Presidential Scholarship Fund, which this year was awarded to three students. The recipients are John DeLucca, Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Pittston; Evan Kleinart, Computer Information Technology, Greeley; Bethany Severn, Veterinary Technology, Sunbury; Preston West, Diesel Truck Technology, Monroe Township. 

Front Row (L-R): Bethany Severn ’20 (Presidential Scholarship Recipient), Megan Mould (Associate Vice President of College Advancement – Johnson College), Mary Beth Tomko (Action Lift), Tracey Pratt (Manager of Development – Johnson College), Pat Dietz (Peoples Security Bank & Trust), Dr. Katie Leonard (President & CEO – Johnson College), Joyce Fasula (Gerrity’s Supermarkets), Mike Dennen (PNC Bank), Attorney Marianne Gilmartin (Stevens & Lee) 
2nd Row: Dave Boniello (Simplex Homes), Tom Donohue (Lamar Advertising), Alex Stark (Kane Is Able), Tom Millard (Highland Associates), Dan Cristiano (Cristiano Welding), John DeLucca ’21 (Presidential Scholarship Recipient)

Johnson College Receives Grant from PPL Foundation for Solar USB Charge Workshop Program

Johnson College is pleased to announce it has received a $4,500 grant from the PPL Foundation. These funds will support the Solar USB Charger Workshop program.  Johnson College faculty and staff will learn how to create a solar USB charger.  Participants will then recreate the workshop for Lackawanna County middle and high school students, so that they can share the lesson with their students.  The solar power USB charger will also be incorporated into Johnson College’s STEM outreach work with middle and high school students.

The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process.

About the PPL Foundation:

Through strategic partnerships, the PPL Foundation will support organizations that are working to create vibrant, sustainable communities and empowering each citizen to fulfill her or his potential. The PPL Foundation contributes more than $3 million annually to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit

Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Graduate Strikes a Chord at Martin Guitar & Co. Inc.

Today’s job market relies on people with strong trade skills. The career path can vary, but a strong technical background can set young people on unexpected paths. That is the case with Matthew Kaczorowski, ’17. “To be able to enter the construction workforce a step ahead,” is what his goal was in choosing Johnson College’s Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology program. Kaczorowski became interested in carpentry in high school and was able to take classes though Monroe Career & Technical Institute. These classes helped him decide on what he wanted his future to look like. He decided to continue his education at Johnson College.

During his time at Johnson College, he enjoyed the hands-on learning and the small class size. “I was able to participate in each project and was able to receive as much attention and guidance as I needed,” Kaczorowski said. The attention he received from his instructors was vital in developing the skills that he uses at his current job at Martin Guitar. “During my interview, I was told that I looked very natural and comfortable using the tools. This is definitely due to the hands-on experience I gained from Johnson College,” Koczorowski said.

Martin Guitar is one of the leading acoustic guitar manufacturers. Headquartered in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, they have been making high-quality products since they opened their doors in 1833. Musical legends such as Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, and Eric Clapton have all recorded and performed with these acoustic instruments. Martin has influenced the acoustic guitar industry with innovative developments such as X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar, and the “Dreadnought” size guitar. Each instrument is hand-crafted for musicians of all experience levels to enjoy.

As part of the body rim assembly production team, Koczorowski aids in creating the reputable instruments that Martin Guitar is known for. The body of an acoustic guitar is where the sound is produced so his work must be precise. Koczorowski enjoys his work environment, he said, “The environment is very friendly, but focused on the high quality of the product.” Walking through the factory, visitors can see that each of the employees is equally invested in the company’s mission “to be an organization of dedicated co-workers committed to exceptional leadership and innovation in the fretted instrument and string manufacturing industries, while celebrating our heritage and traditions as a family-owned company.” When asked what advice he would give to someone who was thinking about Johnson College, he said “Johnson College will definitely prepare you for the career you are interested in. You’re making a good choice.”

Educational Opportunity Centers, Inc. to Host FUTURES Conference on Campus

On October 5th, Educational Opportunity Centers, Inc. (EOC) and Johnson College will host FUTURES: A Lackawanna County Career Exploration & Discovery Conference for High School Students. 

The purpose of the event is to provide a comprehensive career exploration and discovery opportunity for high school students.  Participants will learn about career opportunities and challenges, earning potential, educational requirements, desired skills and training, and more.  The event will connect students and career professionals. There will be a Q&A period and networking will be a part of every session. Participants will learn about student financial aid, college career services, college student support services, and more.

The event is completely free with lunch provided. Parents are more than welcome to accompany their student but students can also attend on their own.

Presenting Organizations Include:

Johnson College
Jam Works, LLC.
Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
Scranton Electricians – IBEW Local #81
Lackawanna College
Classic Properties
Wilkes Barre Chamber of Commerce
Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce
Veloce Group
Merrill Lynch
Allied Services

Penn State Wilkes Barre
Penn State Scranton
Abington Heights School District
Scranton School District
United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA
Jewish Family Service of NEPA
Coal Creative
Sweda Advertising
Scranton Police Department
University of Scranton
And more….

Students can register at

A list of sessions and speakers can be found at

Peoples Security Bank & Trust, Commonwealth Charitable Management Donation Benefits Local High School Students

(L-R) Back Row: Tracey Pratt, Manager of Development; Megan Mould, Associate Vice President of College Advancement; and Kellyn Nolan, Chief Academic Officer. Front Row: Michael Mahon, Superintendent of Schools at Abington Heights School District; J. Patrick Dietz, Senior Vice President of Peoples Security Bank and Trust; Dr. Katie Leonard, Johnson College President & CEO; and Todd Bosscher, Principal of Tunkhannock Area High School.

Peoples Security Bank & Trust, through their EITC administrator, Commonwealth Charitable Management, has allocated $12,000 to support dual enrollment scholarships at Johnson College. Two students at Abington Heights School District will be fully funded for the Industry Fast Track program, which allows students to graduate from high school with half of their Johnson College Associate degree completed. Tunkhannock students will benefit from the dual enrollment credits as well.

The Industry Fast Track Program gives high school students the opportunity to spend a portion of their school day at Johnson College to complete coursework. An Industry Fast Track Advisor will supervise students and monitor academic progress. Benefits to the student include a jumpstart on earning college credits, seamless assimilation into higher education, and financial savings toward a college degree.

“The bank is a strong supporter of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and the dual enrollment program. During the latest school year the bank awarded 135 Scholarships totaling $125,000,” said Patrick Dietz, Johnson College Board Member and Senior Vice President and Commercial Lending Officer at Peoples Security Bank & Trust.

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Vet Tech Club Campus Clean Up

Campus Clean Up

The Veterinary Technology Club hosts several community service projects throughout the school year. The members of the club held their first campus clean up around the Veterinary Science Center and surrounding areas of campus on September 17, 2015. The Johnson College community appreciates the support of these volunteers.

Pocket Park Designed by Architectural Drafting & Design Students Finished

IMG_2851_2When  Mayor Patty Lawler  initiated a project to develop a Pocket Park on Depot Street in Clarks Summit, she reached out to several community partners. A pocket park is developed land that can be publicly utilized by the community. These parks are commonly developed on irregular land or a vacant lot. Mayor Lawler saw potential in the space on Depot St. to serve as a community gathering place. The Architectural Drafting & Design students, under the supervision of Mr. John DeAngelis, created the drawing plans for the proposed pocket park and received an award at the Mayor’s brunch on April 18, 2015. Those who also contributed include the Lackawanna County commissioners, the Greater Scranton Board of Realtors, the State Street Grille, and the Clarks Summit Shade Tree Commission.

The project was officially finished in September of 2015. The park includes benches for sitting, a picnic are, a Little Free Library, and decorative landscaping. It is located on Depot St. in Clarks Summit behind State Street Grill.

For more information on this project, please see the article written by Stephanie Longo in the Abington Suburban or WNEP news story  by Stacy Lange.




Johnson College Announces Record Setting Enrollment


As the national college enrollment numbers decline, it is a great accomplishment for Johnson College to not only retain students but to enroll more students than ever before, since its inception 103 years ago. This shows how the type of education Johnson provides is setting them up for success based on economic needs.

This summer, the College has reached a consecutive year of record-setting enrollment. Johnson College’s enrollment has risen to 108% with over 300 students who have deposited for the 2015-16 academic year to date.  This is the largest freshman class for the two-year technical college.

Rita Munifo, Director of Enrollment said “all of the technology-driven programs offered at Johnson College prepare students for in-demand careers.” Munifo cites the 90% job placement rate as a key reason students choose to attend the college in North Scranton. Munifo explained the College’s enrollment benefits because of the length of the programs and the availability of jobs in hands-on fields. “Johnson College provides more opportunity because students get a degree in just two years, acquiring less debt than those students attending a four year institution and these in-demand degrees allow for students to be hired very quickly,” she said.  Also, between 94% and 97% of Johnson College students receive some type of financial aid.

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. “One in every three students at Johnson College is a transfer student,” said Munifo. She also mentioned that the graduation rate for transfer students is 5% higher than the College’s average.

Johnson College is proud to also announce a zero percent tuition increase for the upcoming academic year. Due to the record-setting enrollment numbers for 2014-15, the administration was able to propose that tuition rates remain under $16,300 for a consecutive school year.  The proposal was brought to Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, the finance department, and the president’s cabinet in the fall for approval. In early February, the board of directors approved the cost of tuition. The zero percent increase, however, does not include fees that vary by program and are dependent on resources necessary to teach students.

Melissa Ide, Senior Director of Student Engagement explained that the 265 freshmen that enrolled at Johnson College in the fall of 2014 were an integral part of the tuition stability. “The more students who enroll allow the College to accumulate more revenue without increasing tuition for students,” said Ide. Another factor that contributed to the pricing is retention of students. The College currently holds an 83% retention rate, which is relatively high in comparison to other institutions in the commonwealth. In relation to how the unchanged tuition will benefit retained students, Ide explained “a zero percent increase means more to a student who is already here, as they are able to budget the same amount of money for the next academic year.”

There is a significance to Johnson College achieving this unraised tuition agreement. Since the programs at the College are primarily technology based, it costs considerably more to provide the necessary equipment, and updates to that equipment for the students so they are best prepared to enter into the workforce with the latest, most advanced training. This has importance to the average type of student who attends Johnson College. “Our typical student falls within the middle class,” said Ide. “They may or may not be fully eligible for Pell or PHEAA grants. Keeping tuition at a manageable rate will help them plan for the next academic year and will not put them in severe loan debt post-graduation.”