Trade Programs Thrive with Fifth Year of Record Enrollment

Johnson College trade programs are thriving as record enrollment continues to outpace the previous academic year with over 630 students between its Scranton and Hazleton campuses.

In addition to a record number of incoming first-year and returning students, Johnson College also welcomed its largest Industry Fast Track class to date. There are over 70 students from the Northeastern Pennsylvania region who have enrolled either part-time or full-time with Johnson College for college credits while also earning their high school diplomas.

Johnson College has seen an increase in enrollment in the building trades programs of over 15% in the past two years. Programs in its Building Trades & Technology division such as its Electrical Construction Technology and Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology programs have more than doubled enrollment in the last five years.

“The College is expanding to meet the increasing demand for skilled technicians and technologists in our area,” said Bill Burke, M.S., Johnson College’s Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs. “With the addition of new programs and a satellite campus in the greater Hazleton region, we continue to hear from industry and community partners, students and their families, as well as area school districts that what we offer is invaluable and an asset to our area.”

With a record number of students enrolled for the fifth year in a row, Johnson College works hard to fill the skills gap in today’s job marketplace – making the College’s recruitment and programmatic focus more on workforce development.

Now Enrolling Students in CDL Driver Training Course at Greater Hazleton Campus

Johnson College, in partnership with Ancora Education, is now enrolling students in its Class A CDL Driver Training course that begins on August 21, 2023, at the College’s new satellite campus, Johnson College at the CAN DO Training Center, in Hazle Township.

To learn more or to enroll in the Class A CDL Driver Training course, visit or contact the College’s Continuing Education department at

Students will learn to inspect and operate tractor-trailers and to assume driver responsibilities on the road and at pickup/delivery points. Emphasis is placed on vehicle inspections, defensive driving, range maneuvers, motor carrier safety regulations (DOT 380 -397 and a certificate for entry-level drivers), trip planning, cargo handling, size/weight laws, general maintenance procedures, hours of service, and accident prevention. Participants in this 160-hour program can obtain their CDL in as little as four weeks. The course complies with the new Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT) rules established by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), which went into effect in February 2022.

Johnson College Hazleton Holds First-Ever Open House on July 27

Johnson College Hazleton will hold its first-ever student and community Open House on Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the CAN DO Training Center inside the Humboldt Industrial Park at 370 Maplewood Drive in Hazle Township. The event welcomes all interested students and community members eager to see the progress of the new college campus.

All visitors must register to attend the Open House by visiting or contacting Johnson College’s Enrollment Department at 570-702-8856 or

The Open House will include discussions with interested students about the admissions process, information about financial aid for those who qualify, and student services such as student life, student support, and career services. Plus, same-day acceptance will be available for many programs if students bring their high school or college transcripts. Tours of each technical area will be conducted, and program directors and instructors will be available to review their programs’ specifics with students and the community.

Now Enrolling Students in Continuing Education Welding Courses

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program is currently enrolling students for their next Fundamentals of Welding course starting on July 13, 2023, and an Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding course starting July 27, 2023.  Both classes will be held on the Johnson College Scranton campus. To learn more or enroll, visit or contact the Johnson College Continuing Education department at 570-702-8979 or email

During the Fundamentals of Welding, students will learn the basics of the major welding processes.

The Intermediate Shielded Metal Arc Welding (Stick) Welding course will teach students equipment set-up, basic techniques, and safety for oxy-fuel welding and cutting.  In addition, basic metallurgy, welding codes, welding inspection, and welding symbols will be discussed.

Now Enrolling Students in Basic Maintenance Course

Johnson College’s Continuing Education Program is currently enrolling students in its next Basic Maintenance course offered on the College’s Scranton campus. The course will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning on July 10, 2023, to August 16, 2023, and cost $500.

This 48-hour non-credit certificate course is designed for individuals looking to enter the high-demand field of maintenance and repair. Students will learn basic maintenance and repair skills required in the upkeep of building and property systems. Instructional topics include areas such as tools, equipment, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, pest control, weatherization, and painting.

To learn more or enroll, visit, call 570-702-8979, or email

Johnson College to Hold Instant Enrollment Decision Day for Prospective Students

Johnson College is hosting an Instant Decision Day for prospective students on Tuesday, June 20, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside Woolworth Hall on the Johnson College Scranton campus.

Johnson College will provide prospective students with an immediate enrollment decision during the Instant Decision event. Students must supply their high school and/or college transcripts. It is highly recommended that the prospective student completes a Johnson College application before attending.

To register to attend, click here.

Applications for Johnson College’s Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Veterinary Nursing programs are excluded from instant decisions.

Johnson College to Host Transfer Day on May 24, 2023

Johnson College is holding a Transfer Day on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, from 12 to 3 p.m. on its campus in Scranton, PA. The College is encouraging current college students that are interested in changing the direction of their education and, ultimately, their career path to visit its campus.

Students will meet with Enrollment, Financial Aid, Career Services, and Counseling and Disability Services representatives. In addition, staff members from the Registrar’s Office will be on-hand for transfer credit analyses and review potential schedules for the upcoming semester. Students will learn why Johnson College is the leader in hands-on education, how it exposes students to industry from day one, and how its two-year degree programs, focusing on careers in in-demand industries, have the highest return on investment in the short term. 

To attend Transfer Day at Johnson College, students must register online at or contact the College’s enrollment team at or (570) 702-8856.

Spring 2023 Semester President’s List

Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO of Johnson College, has announced the President’s List of students who have completed the 2023 Spring Semester with a grade point average of 3.90 or higher.

Laura Alleva-Cox, Automotive Technology, Archbald, PA

Jacob Banta, Automotive Technology, Trucksville, PA

Richard Christianson, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Susquehanna, PA

Alyssa Crawford, Electrical Construction Technology, Jermyn, PA

Briana Curtis, Electrical Engineering Technology, Blakely, PA

Hezekiah Deitz, Electrical Construction Technology, Hamlin, PA

Brandon Grandinetti, Computer Information Technology, Olyphant, PA

Jared Hodorawis, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Honesdale, PA

Thomas Huffsmith, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Factoryville, PA

Sean Hughes, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Moscow, PA

Anthony Kutchmanich, Physical Therapist Assistant, Greenfield Twp., PA

Samantha Leeuwen, Radiologic Technology, Springbrook Twp., PA

Jeremy Lewis, Radiologic Technology, Bear Creek, PA

Dustin McAllister, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Scranton, PA

Jessica McKee, Radiologic Technology, Thornhurst, PA

Chase Notz, Computer Information Technology, Scranton, PA

Alexandra Nowicky, Radiologic Technology, Drums, PA

Christian Overholtz, Automotive Technology, Scranton, PA

John Ozark Jr., Diesel Truck Technology, Pittston Twp., PA

Evan Smith, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Tunkhannock, PA

Matthew Spiccioli, Electrical Construction Technology, Kingston, PA

Kamron VanWert, Architectural Drafting & Design Technology, Peckville, PA

Devin Walsh, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Olyphant, PA

Kevin Williams, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology, Eynon, PA