Johnson College breaks enrollment record for fourth consecutive year

Sep. 10—SCRANTON — After a morning of courses at Western Wayne High School, Nathan Irvine let the sparks fly.The 17-year-old twin enrollment scholar spends the afternoons at Johnson College, coaching for a future profession within the automotive trade. On Friday, Nathan — a part of a record-breaking enrollment — realized within the diesel welding class.”It’s extra inexpensive,” Nathan mentioned of his option to attend Johnson. “There is a large demand for trades. There will at all times be a job for me.”The North Scranton faculty on Friday introduced record enrollment for the fourth consecutive year. Nearly 600 college students — a rise of about 10% over final year — now search careers with excessive job placement after commencement.”Year over year, we proceed to see a rise in demand for a technical, hands-on strategy to training,” mentioned Bill Burke, vice chairman of scholar and educational affairs. “In two years or much less, our graduates are ready for a lifetime of alternatives with a particularly excessive return on funding.”Jon Petrasko had enrolled in an area four-year faculty earlier than deciding to switch to Johnson for laptop data know-how. He and his classmates labored on a database undertaking within the lab on Friday.”Everyone who comes right here will get a job once they get out,” he mentioned, including that he hopes to work on laptop {hardware} when he graduates within the spring.While the challenges confronted by many conventional four-year schools have solely grown for the reason that pandemic started, two-year commerce faculties nationwide have reported will increase in enrollment.Pedro Sanchez, 18, a West Scranton High School graduate, labored on his automotive welding abilities on Friday. He wished to comply with the trail of his uncle, who additionally went to Johnson.”He is aware of all the things,” Sanchez mentioned. “I wished to know all the things, too.”College college students all through Northeast Pennsylvania have returned to campus. Not each faculty has complete enrollment numbers obtainable, however preliminary figures embrace:Story continuesKeystone College went from 1,198 to 1,139 college students, a lower the varsity anticipated due to the uncertainly with the pandemic. “We anticipated this slight lower and anticipate the sample to alter for the higher subsequent year,” spokesman Fran Calpin mentioned.* At Lackawanna College, 12% progress in new college students over final year and 27% progress in twin enrollment and Level Up college students.* At Marywood University, a complete of two,572 college students, in comparison with about 2,600 final year.* Penn State Scranton has 883 college students, down 4% from final year, however stories a rise in out-of-state and worldwide college students.* The University of Scranton welcomed greater than 1,060 freshmen. Nearly 27% of the incoming class identifies as college students of coloration, making it probably the most numerous class within the historical past of the varsity.Contact the author:[email protected]; 570-348-9133;@hofiushallTT on Twitter.

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