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.

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