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Johnson College Receives Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Johnson College received official notice from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) affirming Johnson College’s full accreditation.

As a Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredited institution, students, families, and employees are assured of the quality and rigor of the educational experience provided by Johnson College. Being accredited also ensures that students who qualify may receive more federal financial aid options and that credits will transfer to and from other regionally accredited institutions with more ease. Additionally, the MSCHE designation allows the use of a more streamlined process to add new program and increases our ability to solicit funding and grant opportunities to better prepare students to become part of the essential workforce in industries with which the College collaborates.

The affirmation comes following a huge undertaking that began in 2015. The College was awarded candidacy status in November of 2016. After the submission of Accreditation Readiness Reports, the College was approved for Self-Study in the spring of 2018. The entire College community engaged in a self-study process, which extended to 2-years due to the pandemic, involving staff, faculty, students, industry partners, board members, administration, and on-site and virtual visits from an MSCHE evaluation team.

“Becoming Middle States accredited means Johnson College will never settle for the status quo. We are committing ourselves to becoming a continuously improving organization, one that rises and succeeds together,” said Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO of Johnson College. “This accomplishment was achieved by the hard work of our entire campus community. When we work together, we make a difference in the lives of our students and, in turn, our community and region.”

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole and performs peer evaluation and regional accreditation of colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic United States.

Johnson College provides real-world, hands-on learning in a caring environment and prepares graduates to enter into or advance their careers. Johnson College degrees become essential careers. Johnson College was founded in 1912 and is the region’s premier technical college, offering 15 associate degree and 3 academic certificate programs. A low student-to-teacher ratio supports an emphasis on hands-on instruction. Located in Scranton on a 44-acre campus, the College is an accredited, private, non-profit, co-educational institution with a strong tradition of working with regional businesses and industries to ensure a skilled and qualified workforce. For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit Johnson.edu.

Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO of Johnson College announced the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) accreditation during a Presidential Update Video distributed to the Johnson College community. To watch this Presidential Update Video, please visit: https://youtu.be/uLa4Ar-2VS8.

Photo Caption: Recently Johnson College alumni, staff and students gathered to discuss the College’s full accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Pictured left to right: Front row - Brandon Dougherty, ’21, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology, Dr. Katie Leonard, President & CEO, Johnson College, and Joshua Shaver, ’20, Carpentry & Cabinetmaking Technology. Back row - Bill Burke, M.S., Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs, Johnson College, Dr. Kellyn Williams, Chief Academic Officer, Johnson College, Philip Davitt, Electrical Construction & Maintenance Technology student, and Barbara Byrne M.Ed., Associate Vice President of Faculty and College Planning, Johnson College.

Solar Innovations® Architectural Glazing Systems team proudly donated over $5,500, to be split between three organizations, during its 2021 second quarter Solar Cares campaign.

The Solar Cares campaign was created to dedicate extra time and effort into giving back to the surrounding communities. This quarter, equal shares of $1,837.50 were donated to St. Joseph’s Center for Special Learning, Big Impact Group of Schuylkill County, and Avenues. Including team member donations and the company match, Solar Innovations® was able to donate a total of $5,512.50 between the three non-profits.

Located in Pottsville, PA, St. Joseph’s Center for Special Learning offers academic, social, religious, and pre-vocational instruction for students aged 5 to 21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Schuylkill and surrounding counties.

Big Impact Group of Schuylkill County Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized to assist in the personal development of at-risk youth through the enhancement of skills, interests, and mutual trust through supervised mentoring relationships with carefully screened and trained adult volunteers.

Avenues, formerly United Cerebral Palsy, has been serving Schuylkill County and the surrounding area since 1952. As a human service organization, they are committed to providing quality services that enhance the lives of individuals with developmental and/or acquired disabilities. In doing so, they offer a wide variety of programs that reach people from birth to an elderly age

The Solar Cares campaign launched in October of 2015. Since its inception, Solar Cares has raised over $67,000 in monetary donations plus a variety of supplies such as toys, coats, non-perishable food items, pet supplies, and cleaning supplies, and continues to hold company-wide fundraisers each quarter.

 Solar Innovations® is a single source provider of custom glazed structures, skylights, windows, and doors. Their
extensive product line ranges from greenhouse to sunrooms, to folding glass walls. To learn more about Solar Innovations®, its products, the Solar Cares campaign, or to request a brochure, visit solarinnovations.com, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800-618-0669.

Hydro continues investments in North America

Hydro has announced plans to invest $48.3 million in Cressona, Pennsylvania, to support the growing transportation, distribution, and industrial market segments in North America.

The company will continue its strategy of asset modernization with the installation of a state-of-the-art 3,000-ton 12” indirect aluminum extrusion press line at its Cressona facility. Not surprisingly, this investment follows closely on the heels of the site’s highly successful 2019 greenfield installation of a 10” extrusion press to serve the automotive and distribution markets.

“We are very excited about the decision to continue investing in new assets at Cressona, and I am certain that our history of delivering strong results on past investments was a key factor,” said Mike Hammer, Senior Director of Operations for Hydro’s Cressona and North Liberty facilities.

“This new press will create a strong foundation as we drive our manufacturing process to the next level in Cressona.”

Building upon the site’s recent press project, the equipment will utilize advanced Industry 4.0 technology to achieve improved quality, reliability, and productivity and achieve benchmark energy consumption levels. Hydro expects this press to be operational by late 2023.

Solar Innovations® Launches Interactive Skylights 101 Design Tool

Skylights 101 is the third in a series of tools being released by Solar Innovations® to help consumers learn as they design Solar Innovations® products into their next project.
This comprehensive, interactive tool will assist customers in the design of a high-quality skylight that not only will provide excellent daylighting and ventilation but also withstand extreme weather. From the early planning stages of where to place a skylight, all the way down to the decorative touches that will complete the look of a skylight, customers will find everything that they require.
For the best user experience, we recommend using a desktop computer to visit Skylights 101 at https://solarinnovations.com/skylights-101/.

For more information on Skylights 101, or any other Solar Innovations® product, please contact Solar Innovations® directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800 618 0669.

 

Johnson College’s Professional Automotive and College Experience Program to Office of Vocational Rehabilitation High School Students Now Offering Paid Internship Opportunity

Johnson College is offering an Automotive industry-driven career exploration experience to high school students enrolled in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). This program will be held from July 26 through August 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Johnson College campus and industry partner locations. Students will have an opportunity to dive into a college experience and develop skills to prepare them for success on and off a college campus. They will also receive exposure to the automotive industry through a paid internship program.

The second week of the program will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will take place at different industry partner locations allow students to shadow local automotive industries and gain first-hand knowledge and experience.

For more information and to register, email Tim Frank, Academic Program Specialist at Johnson College, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This event is free for students enrolled in the OVR program.

Johnson College provides real-world, hands-on learning in a caring environment and prepares graduates to enter into or advance their careers. Johnson College degrees become essential careers. Johnson College was founded in 1912 and is the region’s premier technical college, offering 15 associate degree and 3 academic certificate programs. A low student-to-teacher ratio supports an emphasis on hands-on instruction. Located in Scranton on a 44-acre campus, the College is an accredited, private, non-profit, co-educational institution with a strong tradition of working with regional businesses and industries to ensure a skilled and qualified workforce. For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit Johnson.edu.