Johnson heads in a new direction
Jim Johnson’s first step into the world of higher education was a short one.
On his first day at a junior college in northern Illinois after sitting through a mandatory music appreciation class, he left and never returned.
Johnson went to work as a machinist and one summer day he saw a young kid in the shop get his hand caught in a press, crushing his fingers. Johnson realized that could have easily happened to him and it was that moment he decided to go back to school.