Johnson College Open House Scheduled for March

Johnson College will hold an Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, March 2, 2013 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 or by calling the Admissions Department at 570-702-8900. Application fees will be waived for those who apply at the Open House.

A Financial Aid FAFSA Presentation is also scheduled for 9:00am that day for students and families who wish to ask questions or seek financial advice before the Open House begins.

The Open House and Financial Aid FAFSA Presentation will be held in the Moffat Building, located on the College’s campus at 3427 North Main Avenue in Scranton, which is off exit 190 on I-81.

Current Johnson College students will be on hand to answer questions at the College’s Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, March 2, 2013 starting at 9:30 a.m.
Left to Right (Sitting): Johnell Cremard ’14, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Clarks Summit; Amber Ulrich ’14, Veterinary Technology, Danville
Left to Right (Standing): Kourtney Connelly ’14, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Saylorsburg; Jacob Martin ’14, Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology, Honesdale; Marshall McCarty ’14, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology, Meshoppen; Anthony Catalano ’13, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology, Bushkill

Still Time to Register for Welding and CNC Courses

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Department’s next Welding classes are scheduled to start January 28, 2013. Students can choose from the following two welding training options:
Basic Cutting & Welding: 375-hour course, 17 weeks, Monday through Thursday, 4pm-10:15pm, $5250.00 (CareerLink Funding available, call 570-344-7037 to see if you qualify)
Professional Welder: 725-hour, 32 weeks, Monday through Thursday, 4pm-10:15pm, $11,500.00 (CareerLink Funding available, call 570-344-7037 to see if you qualify)

The next Continuing Education Customized Welding classes are scheduled to start March 5, 2013.
Customized Welding: 64 hour, 8 weeks, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm-10pm $650.00

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Department is also offering a CNC Certificate Program. This course is scheduled to start on January 28, 2013 and will end on June 27, 2013. The CNC Certificate Program is a 510-hour course, 22 weeks, Monday through Thursday, 4pm-10:15pm, $6250.00 (CareerLink Funding available, call 570-344-7037 to see if you qualify).

Register early, space is limited. Call or email for details and enrollment forms. For more information or to register, visit or contact the Continuing Education Department at 570-702-8979.

Johnson College Open Benefits Students

On May 18, 2012, 120 golfers, which included a record 26 Johnson College alumni, gathered at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain Top, PA for the benefit of current and future Johnson College students. The 20th Annual Johnson College Open, presented by sponsors Blackout Design and Sweda Advertising, raised over $35,000 – the most money to date for the Presidential Scholarship Fund!

Plans for the 21st Annual Johnson College Open are already underway. The tournament will be held on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountaintop, PA (rain or shine). For more information, contact Stephanie Orzalek, Coordinator of Institutional Advancement, at 570-702-8908 or

Winners of the 20th Annual Johnson College Open
From left to right: Tom Ruddy; Lamont McClure; Ed Christiano; Joe Kohut

20th Annual Johnson College Open sponsors gather to congratulate Presidential Scholarship recipients.
From left to right (first row): Katie Leonard, Johnson College; Joshua Evarts ’13, Old Forge, Presidential Scholarship recipient, Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology; Ali Frankenfield ’13, Phillipsburg, NJ, Presidential Scholarship recipient, Veterinary Technology; Nicholas Desanto ‘14, Jermyn, Presidential Scholarship recipient, Electronic Technology; Stacey Ondik, Sweda Advertising; Stephanie Orzalek, Johnson College
From left to right (middle row):  Nicholas Costanzo, L.R. Costanzo; Donald Kalina, Highland Associates; Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, Johnson College; David Manasek, Manasek Auto Parts, Inc. (A NAPA Dealership)
From left to right (last row):  Joseph Shea ’85, Shea Demolition; Attorney Jill Spott, Sheils Law Associates; Tom Donohue, Lamar Advertising; Attorney Robert Sheils II, Sheils Law Associates

Johnson College Honors Scholarship Recipients

On October 10, 2012, over 100 Johnson College students, family and friends, donors, faculty, and staff gathered for the College’s Annual Scholarship Luncheon, which honored 2012-2013 scholarship recipients as well as donors.

Speakers at the event included donors George Sweda, of Sweda Advertising, and Jack Reager, of Blackout Design, who both spoke about the importance of supporting Johnson College and its students.

Presidential Scholarship recipient Ali Frankenfield ’13, a Veterinary Technology student, also addressed the crowd, sharing, “The fact that there are people out there who care about us students and donate their energy, time, and money to help us through the financial aspect of our college journey will never cease to amaze me. I owe them my heart and eternal gratitude.”

Johnson College Scholarship Luncheon Speakers
From left to right: George Sweda, Sweda Advertising; Ali Frankenfield ’13, Veterinary Technology, Phillipsburg, NJ; Jack Reager, Blackout Design

Recipients of The Anthony Ploskonka Memorial Scholarship
From left to right: Dominick Carachilo ’82, Johnson College’s Vice President of Academic Affairs; Sierra Smith ’13, Veterinary Technology, Springville; Ian Farrar ’14, Computer Information Technology, Dalton; Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, Johnson College’s President and CEO

Biomedical Equipment Technology Students Modify Toys for Special Needs Children

Just in time for the holiday season, senior students in Johnson College’s Biomedical Equipment Technology Program donated toys to children at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton.

Students recently visited the Center to drop off a number of different toys, fully equipped with fresh batteries. Many Elmo toys were donated as well as two very special toys, which were modified with special needs children in mind. A number of senior Biomedical Equipment Technology students spent time rewiring a talking doll and a walking dinosaur so that the controls would be easier for handicapped children to activate.

Doug Hampton, Chairperson of the Biomedical Equipment Technology Program, explained, “My students adapted the toys by rewiring small switches, which are hard for special needs children to switch on and off. Now, the toys could be activated with the press of a large button instead. The students loved the hands-on experience of modifying the toys, and felt very good about donating them to the children at St. Joseph’s Center.”

To find out more about St. Joseph’s Center, which is currently celebrating its 125th Anniversary, visit

The Biomedical Equipment Technology Program at Johnson College prepares students as entry-level technicians for the operation, inspection, installation, calibration, repair, maintenance, and safety of patient-care and non-patient care equipment. Visit to learn more.

From left to right (Back Row):
  Doug Hampton, Chairperson of Biomedical Equipment Technology Program; Kelly Flanagan, St. Joseph’s Center; Joseph Trescavage, Jr. ’13, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Scranton; Jason Wallick ’13, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Factoryville
From left to right (Front Row):  Tiler Thompson, St. Joseph’s Center; Fancy Wideman, St. Joseph’s Center

Johnson College Giving Tree Benefits Over 100 Local Children

One of the Johnson College Social Force Club’s most successful activities throughout the academic year is the Annual Giving Tree. This year, the College’s students, faculty, and staff made holiday gift wishes come true for over 100 local children in need. Thanks to the Giving Tree, the holidays are much brighter for children in three of Scranton’s Head Start Programs and for many of the children of the College’s very own students and alumni as well.

The College’s Social Force Club is a community service organization that also provides cultural and social activities for students. Visit to find out more about Johnson College and its community involvement.

From left to right:
  Jeffrey Mikolaichik ’13, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, West Wyoming; Aaron Bernatovich ’13, Electronic Technology, Moscow; Rebecca Woloszyn ’14, Veterinary Technology, Taylor; John Eggleston ’13, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology, Clarks Summit; Kira Blevins ’13, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Tobyhanna

Cars on Campus Sets Record

Over 165 classic cars and unique vehicles were on display for Johnson College’s Cars on Campus on September 9, 2012. The event, presented by Manasek Auto Parts, Inc., raised a record $7,825.87 for the Cars on Campus Scholarship Fund, far exceeding the $5,000 goal!

Hundreds of car lovers, students, alumni, and community friends visited campus to enjoy the sights of the remarkable automobiles, the sounds of DJ Conor McGuigan, and the tastes of some delicious refreshments.

Awards were given out in a number of categories. Big winners included Tom Millard’s 1955 Brockway, which won the 2012 Best in Show Award, and George Caswell’s Cadillac Limousine, which took home this year’s President’s Pick Award.

Rudi Dickinson ‘11, who was instrumental in reviving the College’s car show three years ago after a five year hiatus, shares, “It’s great to give back to the College which has given me the skills to pursue a successful life. My hope is that the Cars on Campus Scholarship gives others the same opportunities.”

Johnson College thanks its 2012 Cars on Campus Sponsors
From Left to Right (Front Row): Rebecca Griffis, Jack Williams Tire; Dave Manasek, Manasek Auto Parts, Inc. (A NAPA Dealership); Dave Hopkins, Dalton Garage; Nancy Nealon, Johnny’s Car Wash
From Left to Right (Back Row): Dr. Ann L. Pipinski, Johnson College; Tracey Williams, Jack Williams Tire; Mary Ann Novak, McGrail, Merkel & Quinn; John Nonnemacher, Snyder & Clemente, Katie Leonard, Johnson College; Heather Stuart, Johnson College

Tom Millard’s 1955 Brockway, 2012 Best in Show

George Caswell’s Cadillac Limousine, 2012 President’s Pick

Johnson College’s 2012 Cars on Campus raised a record $7,825.87 for the Cars on Campus Scholarship Fund!

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