Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 10/29/01

BRATTLEBORO, VT - Joe Johnson of Worcester, Massachusetts, earned a Master of Science in Internet Engineering from The Persons School of Marlboro College.

Johnson is employed as an e-commerce technology consultant with United Parcel Service (UPS), where he has worked in a variety of roles for the past 22 years. A Worcester resident for 16 years, he is a member of the Worcester Computer Society, the Society for Amateur Scientists, and Families Organizing for Change.

Johnson earned a B.S. in sociology from Bridgewater State College in 1979. While at Bridgewater, he served as the parliamentarian and attorney general of the student government for three years. Raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, Johnson graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1973.

Johnson was among 77 students receiving master's degrees in August 2001 from the Persons School's three programs: 40 for the Master of Science in Internet Strategy Management, 23 for the Master of Internet Engineering, and 14 for the Master of Arts in Teaching with Internet Strategies.

To graduate from one of the Persons School's programs, students must complete a Capstone project, the equivalent of a traditional master's thesis. A Capstone project demonstrates the mastery of the interdisciplinary curriculum and the implementation of an innovative concept for the use of the Internet in an organizational or educational setting.

Johnson's Capstone was entitled, "Data Driven Music Artist Website," a low-cost database-driven Website he developed for Vectra Record's recording artist Susan Jayne. Perl, Linux, Apache, CGI, and MySQL were utilized to keep costs down, while still allowing the artist to remotely maintain the information available from her Website.

According to Johnson, "This degree experience is a total immersion in bleeding edge technology. The 'roll up your sleeves and dig in' environment will take you where you want to go. My Capstone project allowed me to develop a means of providing low-cost yet powerful solutions to aspiring artists looking to promote their careers."

Established in 1997, the Persons School of Marlboro College has become nationally known for preparing individuals for the multidisciplinary demands of the online profession, and for producing leaders who understand the latest technology and the fundamental challenges that occur when schools and businesses go online. The yearlong programs are designed for working professionals who meet every other weekend and online for their studies.

For more information on The Persons School of Marlboro College, please call (802) 258-9200 or visit the college online at

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