NEPA Health Care Foundation, Administered by SACF, Announces Careers in Care Nursing Scholarships

In response to the acute shortage of nurses across the region and its effect on the health and wellness of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, announces it has awarded $189,622 in its first year towards nursing scholarships for local students as part of its Careers in Care initiative.

The Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship Program has awarded 21 scholarships to students in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties who plan to pursue or who are pursuing nursing and who will practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These scholarship opportunities come during a time where the strains on the healthcare workforce in Northeastern Pennsylvania have been significant. In response to the significant interest and need in the region, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation has decided to double the amount available for scholarships in 2022 to $400,000.

The Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship Program accepted applications earlier this year and, through a rigorous and competitive application process, identified a variety of qualified nursing students.

Recipients include Brooke Bird, Luzerne County Community College; Sarah Bonser, Walden University; Jacqueline Cicardo, Luzerne County Community College; Michael Clark, Penn State Scranton; Caity Colan, Luzerne County Community College; Jason Conrad, Luzerne County Community College; Jacqueline Earley, Lackawanna College; Austin Emenyonu, Misericordia University; Elizabeth Hernandez, Luzerne County Community College; Casey Hughes, Luzerne County Community College; Holly Hughes, Marywood University; Nicole Lubash, Marywood University; Brittany Marcinkevich, Lackawanna College; Mary McFadden, Penn State Scranton; Tiffany Megotz, Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County; Anne Murdoch, Penn State Scranton; Samantha Rosselli, Lackawanna College; Laura Slivinski, Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County; Rosa Vazquez Nunez, Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County; Ariana Velez, Wilkes University; and Sabrina Weidlich, Luzerne County Community College.

“Over the past year, we have seen just how timely the Careers in Care initiative really is,” said James Clemente, NEPA Health Care Foundation Board Chair. “The Foundation’s Board understands the strains that the regional healthcare workforce is facing and strives to make an impact to address these critical issues through these important scholarships.”

“I think the fact that the Board of the Northeastern PA Health Care Foundation has decided to double the amount of scholarship support available for nurses in year two speaks to the great need and interest in the program,” said Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. She adds, “I think the Foundation board was very innovative in their planning of these scholarships which are made available to nursing students from CNAs through nurse educators at the graduate level.”  The Scranton Area Community Foundation administers the NEPA Health Care Foundation.

To qualify for a Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship, individuals were required to show they have had a permanent address in Lackawanna, Luzerne, or Wyoming County for the last three years. Scholarships were available to those interested in obtaining a CNA and entering the healthcare workforce. Scholarships are also for anyone employed in the healthcare field in either Lackawanna, Luzerne, or Wyoming County and looking to advance as an LPN or RN/BSN. Additionally, students were invited to apply if they were in their third or fourth year of a four-year nursing degree and looking for financial assistance. Scholarship recipients were also asked to demonstrate a commitment to stay in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation also invited ‘nontraditional’ students or those looking to go back to school to obtain a nursing degree to apply for a Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship.

Additionally, through Careers in Care, the NEPA Health Care Foundation will provide grant support totaling $830,000, to a variety of organizations including Lackawanna College, for its three-year plan to enhance the pipeline of local healthcare professionals and increase the number trained and retained in the region; United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA for its Upward Economic Mobility Program; and Saint Joseph’s Center for direct support professional wage increases. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation’s Careers in Care initiative is a $1.7 million commitment over a three-year period (2020-2023).

In addition to the Careers in Care initiative, the NEPA Health Care Foundation is also in the seventh year of a $3.2 million commitment to the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) for scholarship support for incoming first-year medical students from Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties.  The NEPA Health Care Foundation Scholars program covers full tuition for these scholars, who indicate a commitment to practice medicine in Northeastern PA.

HRF Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Human Resources Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the HRF Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Human Resources Foundation serves the community by providing financial assistance to efforts that focus on enriching service and support of individuals with disabilities. One way that HRF accomplishes this mission is by offering scholarships to students pursuing higher education in Human Services or a related field. The four 2021 HRF Scholarship awardees are:

Brynn McGinnis from Honesdale High School. Brynn intends to pursue a major in Education to become an elementary teacher. 

Lauren Brand from Wallenpaupack Area High School. Lauren will be attending Ithaca College on a Speech Language Pathology track.

Brianna Garcia from Wallenpaupack Area High School. Brianna plans to major in Speech Pathology and minor in Special Education at Temple University.

DeJanna Richardson from Stroudsburg High School. DeJanna will be attending University of Scranton with a major of Counseling and Human Services.

The Human Resources Foundation congratulates the 2021 HRF Scholarship recipients and is proud to support their efforts in furthering their education and improving the lives of others. To learn more about the Human Resources Foundation and the scholarship program, visit our website www.hrfnepa.org

Scranton Area Community Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is proud to announce its 2021 scholarship recipients, benefitting 168 local students from various schools in the area from scholarship funds administered by the Foundation. A total of $474,440 was recently distributed through 63 scholarships, including the #GaryInspiredMe Scholarship, the Matt McGloin Scholarship, the Neal J. Fasula Scholarship, and the highly-competitive James F. Swift scholarship.

The complete listing of all 2021 scholarship recipients is detailed below.

Scholarship recipients are selected annually by various scholarship committees at the Foundation.

“We are grateful to the generous donors who make these scholarships possible to benefit so many students from across the region,” stated Scranton Area Community Foundation President and CEO, Laura Ducceschi. “The Foundation proudly manages over 50 individual scholarship funds established by charitable donors who want to support outstanding students and make higher education more attainable for so many in our communities.”

The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a partner with the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in their Partnership for Access to Higher Education (PATH) Program to offer qualifying students additional financial aid. Through PHEAA, many scholarship recipients may be eligible for additional dollars toward their tuition.

For more information on any of the scholarships at the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please contact Brittany Pagnotti, Communications Manager of the Scranton Area Community Foundation at 570-347-6203.

To establish a scholarship fund in honor of or memory of a loved one or to include a scholarship as a legacy gift in your estate plans, please contact the Scranton Area Community Foundation today or visit safdn.org to learn more.

2021 Scholarship Recipients

#GaryInspiredMe Scholarship 
Natalie Deal (North Pocono)
Shiloh Miller (Northwest Area)

American Legion A. Pierson Hurd Academic Scholarship
Margaret Domski (Valley View)

Angelina Fricchione and Michael Cupple Scholarship
Sydney Dana (Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine)

Ann Wall Scholarship
Nathan Dill (Lackawanna Trail)

Anthracite Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke)
Joseph Fasula (Scranton Prep)
Joseph Ferrara (Wallenpaupak)
Hunter Geise (Riverside)
John Gilchrist (Riverside)
Lindsay Grzyboski (Riverside)
Zack Kovalchik (Valley View)
Shiloh Miller (Northwest Area)
Isabelle Ritz (Hazleton)
Matthew Williams (Holy Redeemer)

Ashley and Erin Williams Memorial Scholarship
Destiny Anello (North Pocono)

Blakely Borough Scholarship
Emma Burak (Valley View)

Caroline Ace, LPN/Angela Muchal, LPN Scholarship
Morgan Veina (Career Technology Center)

Catherine A. Alu Memorial Scholarship
Paige Martin (Dunmore)

Chris Moran Scholarship
Chase Poplawski (Mountain View)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)

Chris Till Sender Scholarship       
Christine Townsend (Scranton)

Cinderella’s Closet Scholarship                
Jillian Brennan (Holy Cross)

Constance M. and Joseph A. Brocavich Memorial Scholarship
Travis Bridgeman (Scranton Prep)
Samuel Grizzanti (Scranton Prep)
Grace Ann Kapacs (Scranton Prep)

Danielle Faramelli Scholarship
Olivia Kaschak (Valley View)

David Gallagher Memorial Scholarship
Kayla Przekop (Abington Heights)

Dr. Bernard Shair Memorial Scholarship
Peter Heckman (University of Scranton)

Dr. E.C. LaCoe Scholarship
Kristin Lipkus (Abington Heights)
Tyler Petty (Abington Heights)

Dr. George J. Hallesky Memorial Scholarship
Allana Elizabeth Warner (Johnson College)

Dulcey Degilio Scholarship
Kristin Lipkus (Abington Heights)

Edward C. Snyder Memorial Scholarship
John Barrera (Kings College)

Greg Legg NEPA Diamond Scholarship
Zack Kovalchik (Valley View)

James F. Swift Scholarship
Jillian Brennan (Holy Cross)
Shannon Baransky (Marywood)
Tanner Begin (Penn State University)
Cameron Butka (West Scranton)
Sofia Capozzi (Abington Heights)
Calista Calabro (Penn State University)
Ashley Capone (Marywood)
Christina Carachilo (University of Scranton)
Hannah Carr (University of Scranton)
Ryan Coleman (Valley View)
Andrew Cummings (Dickinson College)
Ava Decker (West Scranton)
James Docalovich (Lehigh University)
Caitlin Doughton (University of Scranton)
Collin Ennis (University of Scranton)
Fione Evans (University of Scranton)
Marguerite Flynn (Boston College)
Hunter Geise (Riverside)
Austin Glidewell (University of Scranton)
Nicholas Guerra (University of Scranton)
Marilyn Hoskins (Marywood University)
Matthew Howard (Scranton Prep)
Daniel Jaggars (University of Nebraska)
Rebecca Johnson (University of Scranton)
Tiffini Kalt (Marywood University)
Meghan Keenan (Elizabethtown College)
Benjamin Koshinski (University of Scranton)
Tori Kovalchick (Penn State University)
Korey Kruk (Scranton High School)
Kristen Lello (Marywood University)
Rebecca Lucas (University of the Sciences)
Ximena Maldonado (University of Scranton)
Olivia Manarchuck (University of Scranton)
Hailey Matechak (Lakeland)
Sara McCormack (Scranton)
David McKenney (Lakeland)
Mark Melesky (Penn State University)
Brooke Mickavicz (Marywood University)
Tyler Muskey (University of Scranton)
Jenna O’Malley (University of Scranton)
Gia Occhipinti (University of Pittsburgh)
Marisol Olivares (North Pocono)
Marley Palmere (Moravian College)
Claudia Pitts (University of Scranton)
Antonio Pugliese (Penn State University)
Megan Purcell (Lehigh University)
Meredith Purcell (Scranton Prep)
Taralyn Reilly (Valley View)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)
Julia Romanovich (University of Scranton)
Kayla Rose (Riverside)
Amanda Sakulich (Marywood University)
Nina Sampogne (Penn State University)
Gerardo Sanchez Garcia (University of Scranton)
Kaitlyn Savage (Marywood University)
Taylor Seprosky (Marywood University)
Gwyneth Serowinski (Keystone College)
Christian Snee (Mid Valley)
Gabrielle Snee (Mid Valley)
Natalie Sottile (University of Scranton)
Eric Spivak (Marywood University)
Elizabeth Stone (Marywood University)
Christopher Talluto (Elizabethtown College)
Alexis Tanana (Holy Cross)
Benjamin Thompson (North Pocono)
Makenna Thorpe (Saint Joseph’s University)
Evan Tremback (Marywood University)
Maura Turi (University of Scranton)
Ryan Turlip (University of Pennsylvania)
Alexandra Valvano (Villanova University)
Anna Van Wert (University of Scranton)
Jacob Vituszynski (University of Scranton)
Joshua Vituszynski (University of Scranton)
Stone Wormuth (Wilkes University)
Alec Yanisko (Johnson College)
Drew Yanni (Marywood University)

James M. Akens North Pocono Athletic Trust Fun
Casey Serine (North Pocono)
Kyle Serine (North Pocono)

Jane H. Rushmore Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Lisa Engroff (Career Technology Center)
Kacie Szczech (Career Technology Center)

Jason Evans Memorial Wrestling Scholarship
James Brown (Abington Heights)

Jefferson Scholarship
Sara Reyes Guerrero (Riverside)
Jaela Johnson (West Scranton)

Jeffrey Morgan Davis Memorial Scholarship
Sean Herbert (Holy Cross)

Jennifer Morgan Scholarship
Lindsey Christian (Pittston Area)

John and Grace Kreig Scholarship
Jeffery Higgins (Riverside)

John R. and Maureen J. Pesavento All Saints Interparochial Academy Scholarship
Ella Cohen (Scranton Prep)
Nicholas Rusinko (Holy Cross)

Joseph (Firp) and Charles Pacino Scholarship
Peter Kawash (Lakeland)

Joseph J. Costa Memorial Scholarship
Gene Biscontini (Lackawanna College)
Lindsey Eason (Lackawanna College)
Gilbert Diaz (Lackawanna College)

Joseph P. McDonald Memorial Scholarship
David Day (Dunmore)
Katie McKitish (Dunmore)
Steven Qarmout (Dunmore)

Junior League of Scranton Scholarship
Sara McCormack (Scranton)

Keisling Family Scholarship
Sarah Tolerico (Carbondale)

Margaret Briggs/Lackawanna College Scholarship
Tara Palumbo (Lackawanna College)
Donald Yarros (Lackawanna College)

Matt McGloin Scholarship
Brennan Burnside (West Scranton)
Iylah Mosley (West Scranton)

Midori Yamanouchi, PhD Scholarship             
Nevica Molinaro (Riverside)

Neal J. Fasula Scholarship
Gavin Beck (Marywood University)
Mia Castellano (Edinboro University)
Kevin Jumper (Holy Cross)
Norah Kelly (Holy Cross
Bryan Melliand (Penn State University)
Samantha Meeker (Penn State University)
Alexandra Mitchell (Penn State University)
Adam Nitch (West Chester University)
Will Oliphant (Misericordia University)
Frank Rosenski (Abington Heights)
William White (Penn State University)

Page to the Stage Collegiate Scholarship      
Damien Chmielewski (Mid Valley)

Patrick Andrew Luptak Scholarship
Natalie Deal (North Pocono)
Michael Rodyushkin (Abington Heights)
Sarah Tolerico (Carbondale)

Pay It Forward Scholarship
Jessica Kehl (Penn State University)
Emma Kernoschak (Penn State University)

Raoul Wallenberg Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke Area)

Russell J. O’Malley and James E. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship
Richard Rodenbach (Temple University)

Sarah Beth Beynon Memorial Scholarship
Jadan Zawierucha (Pittston Area)

Scotty Cummings Perry Special Ed Scholarship     
Margaret Domski (Valley View)

Scranton Central High School Class of 1964 Scholarship
Emily Kizer (Scranton)

Sean J. Calpin Automotive Technology Scholarship
Nicholas Wilson (Johnson College)

Teddick Family Scholarship
Ashtyn Mecca (Lackawanna Trail)
Zoe Pickett (Elk Lake)
Chase Poplawski (Mountain View)

The Melvin-Deininger Scholarship
Madeline Meckwood (Abington Heights)

Tolerance Scholarship
Taylor Bartle (Greater Nanticoke)

Todd Angelo Memorial Scholarship
Peter Heckman (University of Scranton)

Waverly Women’s Club Scholarship      
Sarah Siddiqui (Abington Heights)

Waverly Women’s Club Mildred Mumford English Scholarship
Isabell Holland (Abington Heights)

Waverly Women’s Club Technical School Scholarship      
Spencer Jones (Abington Heights)

FNCB Bank Foundation Announces 2021 College Scholarship Winners

FNCB Bank, locally-based since 1910, is pleased to announce the winners of the FNCB Bank Foundation merit scholarship awards for the 2021-2022 academic year. Overall, the foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to three area high school seniors based on their academic excellence, community and school involvement, and citizenship.

This year’s winners are Isabella Wisenburn of Abington Heights High School, Sarah Stettler of Holy Redeemer High School, and Danielle Lamberti of Lackawanna Trail High School. Ms. Wisenburn will be attending Juniata College (Bilingual Early Education), Ms. Stettler will be attending King’s College (Psychology) and Ms. Lamberti will be attending Misericordia University (Nursing).

“It was no easy task selecting three winners from a large pool of highly qualified applicants,” said Michael Cummings, FNCB Bank vice president, marketing manager and foundation chairman. “We would like to congratulate all our winners and wish them success in their future academic and professional pursuits.” For more information on the FNCB Bank Foundation Scholarship program, please visit www.fncb.com/scholarship

Johnson College to Host 28th Annual Golf Tournament

The 28th Annual Johnson College Open will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021, at Pine Hills Country Club in Taylor, PA (rain or shine).  Proceeds from this annual golf tournament support the Johnson College Presidential Scholarship Fund. Each academic year, Presidential Scholarships are awarded to four qualified and deserving full-time students.

Sponsors of the 28th Annual Johnson College Open to date include:
Presenting Sponsor: Gerrity’s Supermarkets
Advertising Sponsor: Lamar Advertising Company
Platinum: Shea Demolition, Inc.
Platinum Marketing Sponsor: Sweda Advertising
Gold Print Sponsor: Sprint Print
Gold Sponsors: Fastenal Company, Johnson Controls, L.R. Costanzo Construction Services Company Inc., Peoples Security Bank and Trust, PNC Bank, Reilly Associates, Simplex Homes, Sordoni Construction Services, Inc., Toyota of Scranton, Stevens & Lee, and Vacendak Construction.
Cart Sponsor: ShopRite
Breakfast Sponsor: Troy Mechanical, Inc.
Lunch Sponsor: Christiano Welding Supply
Dinner Sponsor: Kutztown University 
Gift Sponsor: Action Lift, Inc.
Cocktail Sponsor – Topp Copy
Mulligan Sponsor: A. Pickett Construction, Inc.
Hole in One Sponsor: Gibbons Ford

For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email enroll@johnson.edu, or visit Johnson.edu.

Allied Services Establishes Full Scholarships for Lackawanna College Nursing Students

Driven by a commitment to invest in life-long careers in healthcare in Northeastern Pa., Allied Services has created the Allied Services Nursing Scholarship to provide full tuition for eligible students in Lackawanna College’s nursing associate degree program.

Students awarded these scholarships will have the opportunity to work at Allied Services while continuing their education and be guaranteed a full-time position upon graduation and licensure as a Registered Nurse. Additionally, they will be awarded a sign-on bonus of up to $20,000.

“We are incredibly grateful to Allied Services for their significant investment in our nursing students,” said Dr. Jill Murray, Lackawanna College President. “Partnerships like this have a lasting impact on health outcomes in our communities. This opportunity will ensure that our graduates have acquired family-sustaining jobs and fill much-needed positions in our local healthcare facilities.”

Applications will be accepted until April 1 of a student’s first year and will be awarded in the Fall 2021 through Spring 2023 semesters to nine second-year students in Lackawanna’s nursing program. The scholarship will cover tuition, fees and textbooks.

“Allied Services Integrated Health System has a strong history of reinvesting in education for our employees’ career advancement,” said Bill Conaboy, Esq., President and CEO of Allied Services. “This new nursing education partnership is an excellent example of extending the same opportunities to deserving students who truly want to make a difference in healthcare by joining our team which helps thousands of people, especially the aging in our region and those with chronic illness, in long term care, home health, rehabilitation nursing, and hospice care”. 

The new scholarship opportunity aligns with Lackawanna College’s and Allied Services’ commitment to preparing students for careers in the field of healthcare, particularly in post-acute and long-term care.

More information about how to apply for the Allied Services Nursing Scholarship is available at lackawanna.edu/scholarships.

NEPA Health Care Foundation Opens Careers in Care Nursing Scholarships

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation today announces the opening of its new Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship application, established through the Scranton Area Community Foundation.  This $700,000 competitive nursing scholarship program aims to support the growth and development of the nursing workforce in NEPA. The Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from students who plan to pursue or who are pursuing nursing and who will practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Interested students with demonstrated financial need can apply through the Scranton Area Community Foundation’s online portal found at safdn.org/nursing.

The deadline to apply for a nursing scholarship is Saturday, May 15, 2021.

To qualify for a Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship, individuals must show they have had a permanent address in Lackawanna, Luzerne, or Wyoming County for the last three years. Scholarships are available to those interested in obtaining a CNA and entering the healthcare workforce. Scholarships are also for anyone employed in the healthcare field in either Lackawanna, Luzerne, or Wyoming County and looking to advance as an LPN or RN. Additionally, students may apply if they are in their third or fourth year of a four-year nursing degree and looking for financial assistance. ‘Nontraditional’ students or those looking to go back to school to obtain a nursing degree may also apply. A registered nurse looking to obtain a Master’s degree may also qualify for a Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship. Letters of recommendation are required when applying.

These scholarship opportunities offered by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation through its Careers in Care program, come during a time where the strains on the healthcare workforce in Northeastern Pennsylvania have been significant. These scholarships aim to make an impact on the nursing workforce in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties.

“These scholarships will provide the much-needed financial support to students who may otherwise not have been able to further their education,” stated Director of Nursing and Associate Professor of Practice at Marywood University, Dr. Theresa Tulaney, Ph.D., MS, RN, GCNS. “In addition, it will allow students to focus on their education instead of having to work many hours to alleviate difficult financial situations,” she added.

“The Foundation’s Board understands the strains that the regional healthcare workforce is facing and,  through the Careers in Care initiative, strives to make an impact to address these critical issues,” said James Clemente, NEPA Health Care Foundation Board Chair. “Over the past year, we have seen just how timely this really is.”

Additionally, through Careers in Care, the NEPA Health Care Foundation will provide grant support totaling $830,000, to a variety of organizations including Lackawanna College, for its three-year plan to enhance the pipeline of local healthcare professionals and increase the number trained and retained in the region; United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA for its Upward Economic Mobility Program; and Saint Joseph’s Center for direct support professional wage increases. 

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation’s Careers in Care initiative is a $1.5 million commitment over a three-year period (2020-2023) focused on moving the needle on these critical areas.

The rollout of the Careers in Care initiative comes after the completion of a regional listening tour which the Foundation conducted from May through September of 2019.  The NEPA Health Care Foundation conducted 30 site visits across the region to determine the health workforce challenges from the perspective of multiple healthcare providers, colleges, universities, vocational schools, agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, and how the Foundation could best make an impact.

“It was clear from discussions during our listening tour that there is a great demand for nurses at all levels. Supply is just not able to meet demand,” said Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation. She continued, “It was also clear that the development of the regional health workforce pipeline needs to continue to start earlier with students.” The Scranton Area Community Foundation administers the NEPA Health Care Foundation.

In addition to the Careers in Care initiative, the NEPA Health Care Foundation is also in the seventh year of a $3.2 million commitment to the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) for scholarship support for incoming first-year medical students from Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties.  The NEPA Health Care Foundation Scholars program covers full tuition for these scholars, who indicate a commitment to practice medicine in Northeastern PA.

Johnson College Extends Scholarship Support to ‘YES’ Program Graduates

The Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council and Johnson College today announced a partnership and a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates.

YES, which is administered by the Council, is a 120-hour, one-credit, year-round elective course that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants. The course covers 38 modules in all, including communication, team building, interview/resume/cover letter writing, completing a job application, personal finance, conflict resolution, and time management.

In order to earn a certification and become a graduate of the program, students must achieve passing scores on both the TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) and the Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test, demonstrate an attendance rate of 95% or better, pass a six-panel drug screen, complete the 120 hours of curriculum, and earn their high school diploma. Since the program began in 2006, more than 8,500 students have enrolled in the program with 2,918 earning their industry-recognized credential.

Starting with the 2021 fall semester, graduates of the program that enroll at Johnson College are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship. In addition to the scholarship, students will also be awarded four credits based on prior learning assessment.

“The Council is proud to partner with Johnson College, as together we can help out industry by building tomorrow’s workforce today,” said NEPA MAEC president Darlene J. Robbins. “Manufacturers are currently facing a workforce crisis, with approximately 60 percent of today’s unfilled manufacturing jobs being caused by a shortage of applicants that lack proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as employability skills. Through partnerships such as this one, we can bring more young people into high-paying careers by connecting them with the right training opportunities. This benefits not only the manufacturing sector, but all industries that Johnson College graduates may enter.”

“Our partnership with the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council allows YES Northeast Program graduates to save time and money as they pursue their ultimate goal of entering the regional workforce,” said Bill Burke, M.S., Johnson College Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs. “We look forward to these graduates experiencing Johnson College’s industry-driven, in-demand, hands-on training in a caring environment that we’re known for.”

For additional information on Johnson College, please call 1-800-2-WE-WORK, email enroll@johnson.edu, or visit Johnson.edu.

Lackawanna College’s Rally for Restaurants Aids Local Restaurants, Scholarship

With restaurants feeling the impact of COVID-19, Lackawanna College teamed up with Scranton Tomorrow and the City of Scranton to raise money to help local restaurant owners and workers make ends meet. The effort raised over $30,000, which went directly to participating restaurants, and over $7,000 for the Lackawanna College School of Hospitality scholarship fund. 

Lackawanna College’s student-run restaurant, 409 on Adams, pivoted in a multi-faceted effort to help support the restaurant industry while also giving students valuable culinary experience with some of the area’s leading chefs.

“Rally for Restaurants exemplified what our region is known for-neighbors helping neighbors. We were honored to serve alongside the City of Scranton and Scranton Tomorrow to bring much-needed dollars to local restaurants,” said Stephanie Decker, Associate Vice President of Social and Economic Impact. “Lackawanna College and our students are so excited to continue this program as we prepare the newest restaurant workforce to emerge equipped to sustain and fortify the local restaurant economy and arts and culture of our region.”

Lackawanna’s School of Hospitality students worked alongside expert chefs from eight local restaurants, serving a total of 684 meals since the initiative launched in February 2020. A combination of generous sponsorships and in-kind donations helped offset the operating costs for the events, along with funds raised from private donations and t-shirt sales.

“I want to thank Lackawanna College and all of the students, and anyone involved at the College who has generously donated their time and energy to put these events on. There are few places like Scranton where you see a community rally around each other in times of need. It has been the bright spot in an otherwise dark year,” said Patrick Nasser, co-owner of Backyard Alehouse.

Lackawanna College will launch a second Rally for Restaurants initiative beginning next month.

Rally for Restaurants Recap Video: https://youtu.be/iUS7Kp4uYk8
Rally for Restaurants Web Page: https://www.lackawanna.edu/rally-for-restaurants/