Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club Awards $1,000 Scholarship to Johnson College

(From left to right) Joe Carra, Sal Pizzo, Tony Veno, and Mike Macedonia of Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club, Inc.; Katie Leonard, Sr. Vice President of College Advancement at Johnson College; Kathryn Wynn, Development Associate at Johnson College; and Mark Kozemko, Instructor of Automotive Technology at Johnson College
(From left to right) Joe Carra, Sal Pizzo, Tony Veno, and Mike Macedonia of Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club, Inc.; Katie Leonard, Sr. Vice President of College Advancement at Johnson College; Kathryn Wynn, Development Associate at Johnson College; and Mark Kozemko, Instructor of Automotive Technology at Johnson College

The Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club, Inc. awarded $1,000 to be given to a Johnson College Automotive Technology student. The Automotive Technology Program prepares students to enter into the work force as entry-level technicians in the many phases of the automobile, truck, and diesel industries.

This is the third year for the scholarship by the club, which raises funds through donations, volunteer work, sponsorships, and annual calendar sales.

For more information on the Villa Capri Cruisers Car Club, visit www.villacapricruisers.com.

Johnson College to Host Community Trunk-or-Treat Event

Johnson College invites the community to a Trunk-or-Treat event on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. Students and staff from Johnson College as well as the community are invited to decorate car trunks by theme and hand out candy on the front lawn of the North Scranton college campus. Everyone attending is encouraged to wear their favorite costume! The event is free for all to attend. There will be food trucks, live entertainment, and a bonfire at the Halloween themed party.

To enter your decorated car in the Trunk-or-Treat, please contact Holly Pilcavage at 570-702-8950 or hpilcavage@johnson.edu. It is free to be a participant, just be sure to bring your own candy to hand out.

Johnson College Annual Golf Tournament Raises over $31,000 for Students

IMG_9251Johnson College held its 22nd Annual Johnson College Open on May 16, 2014 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 over $31,000 for the Presidential Scholarship Fund which is awarded to four students annually.

Back row – left to right: Patrick Salmon, Honeywell; Thomas Donahue, Lamar Advertising; Carlo Romaldini, Highland Associates; Kathryn Wynn, Development Associate at Johnson College; Carley Griffiths, Presidential Scholarship recipient, Dalton, PA; Joyce Fasula, Gerrity’s Supermarkets; and George Sweda, Sweda Advertising. Front row – left to right: Katie Leonard, Sr. Vice President of College Advancement at Johnson College; Deborah Milliron, Milliron Associates; Noelle Krempasky, BlackOut Design; Joseph Shea, Shea Demolition; Edward Serio, Presidential Scholarship recipient, Honesdale, PA; Shauna Fahad, Presidential Scholarship recipient, Scranton, PA; Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President & CEO of Johnson College; and Alexander Stark, Kane is Able.

Johnson College to Host Open House Saturday

Johnson College will hold an Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, October 18, 2014 starting at 9:30 a.m.

Open House activities will include information sessions on the admissions process, on-site applications, information on financial aid (financial aid is available to those who qualify), and student services such as housing, student life, student support, athletics, and career services. Tours of each technical area will also be conducted and department chairs will be available to review the specifics of their programs.

Those interested in attending the Open House can register online at www.johnson.edu/openhouse or by calling the Admissions Department at 570-702-8900.

Johnson College Welcomes Sen. Casey to Campus

(From left to right) Katie Leonard, Sr. Vice President of College Advancement; Sen. Robert P. Casey; Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President and CEO of Johnson College.
(From left to right) Katie Leonard, Sr. Vice President of College Advancement; Sen. Robert P. Casey; Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, President and CEO of Johnson College.

U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey visited Johnson College on October 8, 2014. He was given a tour of the Diesel Truck Technology, Carpentry and Cabinetmaking Technology, and HVAC program areas.

Johnson College Introduces Compressed Natural Gas Training

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The first Johnson College Compressed Natural Gas class completed training on August 7, 2014. The class from left to right includes Michael Novak, Johnson College Director of Industry; James Jack, Corey Young, Rick Blackham, Ryan Smith, Corey Zafzura, Steve Hine, Shane Garcia, and John Hart all employees of Kenworth of Pennsylvania; and Jeffrey Roughgarden, Johnson College Continuing Education Manager.

Johnson College has begun teaching its Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) curriculum under its Center for Professional Development.  This training prepares students for the future by teaching them the functions, theory, equipment, and safety of CNG fuel systems.  The CNG education program is designed for individual mechanics and businesses, including those who work in truck and automotive centers. This customized education track will prepare students and industry to be able to perform fuel system conversions, inspections and certifications of the systems. Mike Novak, the new Director of Industry at Johnson College, explains, “we can educate a student on CNG fuel systems and also on liquid natural gas (LNG), electric, hybrids, dual-fuel, bi-fuel, biofuels, and even fuel system conversions.” Johnson College is the only college in the region that can provide this training through the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium.

Johnson College Raises $5.1 million Through Capital Campaign

HSTC_IMG_9074Johnson College has completed its $4.5 million Capital Campaign that began in 2010. The college exceeded its goal by raising $5.1 million comprehensively over five years. The goal of the Capital Campaign was to fund the construction of a new Health Science and Technology Center.  This new campus facility provides 12,600 square feet of new space, two therapy labs, one general science lab, and one 40-seat classroom that every student attending the College will have at least one class in.

The Health Science Technology center provides space for Johnson College’s newest program, the Physical Therapist Assistant program. The first class of Physical Therapist Assistants will graduate in December 2015.

The college celebrated its Capital Campaign donors and this achievement with an event in the Health Sciences Technology Center on June 5, 2014.

Johnson College Announces New Board Members for 2014-2015

Johnson College announces that five new members have been selected to serve on the Board of Directors. The new members were installed at the April 2014 meeting of the Board of Directors.  New board members include Mr. Bill Bracey, Attorney Marianne Gilmartin, Ms. Maureen Mangan-Mills, Ms. Mary Jo Preno, and Mr. Kenneth Paulino.

Mr. Bracey is president of Bracey’s Shoprite Supermarkets. He is the father of a Johnson College alumnus and resides in Covington Township, PA. Mr. Bracey has other board experience from PA Food Merchants, Associated Wholesale Inc., Affiliated Foods, Scranton Prep and First National Community Bank

Atty. Gilmartin is an attorney and shareholder at Stevens & Lee in Scranton. She holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Marywood University. Atty. Gilmartin has other board experience from Dress for Success Lackawanna, Habitat for Humanity (Lackawanna), Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and Scranton-Lackawanna Industrial Bldg. Co. She resides in Moscow, PA.

Ms. Mangan-Mills is president of Craft Oil Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cedar Crest College in finance and marketing with a minor in economics. Ms. Mangan-Mills is the former president of Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce and has board experience from Exxon Mobil National Distributor Council and Petro Choice. She resides in Moosic, PA.

Ms. Preno is a Customer Relations Manager at Toyota Scion of Scranton. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cedar Crest College in sociology with a concentration in business management. She resides in Scranton and has board experience from the Broadway Theatre League of NEPA.

Mr. Paulino is Senior Director of Finance and Business Operations at Vaxserve/Sanofi Pasteur. He holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from West Chester University and an MBA from the University of Scranton. Mr. Paulino resides in Clarks Summit, PA. He has prior board experience from the United Way of Lackawanna County and is also an organizing committee member of GVTA Small Business Plan Competition.

Joseph Durkin, Vice President of Reilly Associates has been selected as board chairman and David Boniello, Vice President of Marketing and Development at Simplex will serve as vice chairman of the board for the 2014 academic year.

Johnson College Hosts Spay Day 2014

The Animal Care Center at Johnson College helped more than two dozen families for Spay Day 2014 on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Johnson College’s Animal Care Center hosted its 10th Annual Spay Day on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. The College offered discounted spaying and neutering for two dozen Lackawanna County families in need. World Spay Day is annual campaign by The Humane Society of the United States.
Johnson College’s Animal Care Center hosted its 10th Annual Spay Day on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. The College offered discounted spaying and neutering for two dozen Lackawanna County families in need. World Spay Day is annual campaign by The Humane Society of the United States.

World Spay Day is an annual campaign by The Humane Society of the United States.

This one-day only clinic at Johnson College offers discounted spaying and neutering services for dogs and cats to low-income families in Lackawanna County.

“We have 11 dogs and 14 cats that we are caring for today,” says Dr. Rosemary Cook, Department Chair of Veterinary Technology at Johnson College. “It’s all hands on deck, students and teachers working together to make sure these guys get the best care.”

This is the 10th year that the College has celebrated Spay Day in order to help control pet overpopulation.

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Father & Son Physicists Team Teach Radiation Safety to Students

Samuel Payne, Radiation Physicists Consultants of Hunlock Creek, speaks to Johnson College students about atomic safety when it comes to radiation technology.

Johnson College’s Radiologic Technology Program welcomed a father and son team of medical radiation physicists to speak with students about safety in the x-ray room. Samuel Payne works with his son Michael as Radiation Physicists Consultants in Hunlock Creek. They visit hospitals and clinics across the region to test their radiation scanning equipment.

Sam Payne delivered a presentation to students to talk about being safe when working with any x-ray machine to help students avoid radiation and meet all national safety standards. They also discussed the biologic issues that come from extreme radiation exposure. Sam Payne says, “I love visiting Johnson College each year and experiencing all of the positive energy from the faculty and students. I love being able to share my passion for my work.”

For more information on the Radiologic Technology Program at Johnson College, please contact Joan Bonczek, at 570-702-8940 or jbonczek@johnson.edu. For more information on Radiation Physicists Consultants, please contact them at (570) 477-3925.

Father & Son Physicists Team Teach Safety to Johnson College Students. LEFT TO RIGHT: Roxanne Caswell, Clinical Instructor, Radiologic Technology, Johnson College; Samuel Payne, Radiation Physicists Consultants, Joan Bonczek, Program Director, Radiologic Technology, Johnson College; and Barbara Byrne, Radiologic Technology, Clinical Coordinator, Johnson College; Michael Payne, Radiation Physicists Consultants; Richard Mishura, Math Department Chairman, Johnson College.