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Fleming Follow Up

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 8:22 AM

By Michael DeGroft, Dean of Enrollment Services



The US economy needs a nationwide resurgence in technical training for high school graduates, according to a national higher education expert hosted by the College in February.

Thaddeus Stevens, which aims to be at the forefront of the movement, hosted Kevin Fleming, dean of instruction at a Los Angeles-area community college, for a presentation of “(Re)Defining the Goal: True Career Readiness” to some 900 students, families and educators at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

As LNP reported following the event, Dr. Fleming’s message resonated with local students who fear going thousands of dollars into debt with no job to show for it—a risk in pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

A four-year degree that is not aligned with the skills required in today’s high-tech economy can lead to “uninspiring, low-pay work,” which Fleming admitted happened to him.

 “It was my technical skills, combined with my general education” that led to success, Fleming told the audience. For every job in the economy that requires a bachelor’s degree or higher, there are at least two jobs that require skills training in the form of an associate’s degree or certificate.

Even though, on average, holders of bachelor’s degrees earn more, “no one is perfectly average,” he said. If a student has the potential to be a skilled technician, but lacks the skills or ability to be a good manager, his or her earning potential is heavily skewed toward technical training.

And those averages are moving. Recent data shows median earnings for associate degree holders outpacing those with bachelor’s degrees for the first time, Fleming said.

Fleming, who is also CEO of Telos Educational Services, has more information, including a series of short animated videos, on his website.

PA Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, who addressed the audience prior to Fleming’s presentation, called the event a “great presentation on career pathways,” and pledged the Department pushing schools to show students “other ways to win” in the new economy.

Your path can start at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology! Let a member of our admissions team introduce you to our programs, take you on a tour of our campus or help you start an application.

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Stevens 105th Commencement Ceremony Set For May 14

Lancaster, PA – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will hold its 105th commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14, 2016 beginning at 1:00 PM in the Multipurpose Activity Center on campus. The college is honored to welcome Dr. Irvin Scott, Deputy Director of College Ready for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as the keynote speaker for the nearly 340 students graduating from the college.

Details regarding the event include:

Date:  Saturday, May 14, 2016

Time: Ceremony begins at 1:00 pm;

Location: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; 750 East King Street, Lancaster, PA.

In addition to Dr. Irvin Scott, as the keynote speaker, the College will award three Honorary Doctorate Degrees and two Distinguished Service Awards. Mr. Thomas T. Baldrige, Ms. Carol Rae Culliton and Mr. Robert M. Krasne will be the 2016 Honorary Doctorate recipients. Mr. Paul Solis and Mr. Matthew M. Sullivan will receive the Distinguished Service Award.


More details will be released as they are made available.


Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a premier residential, two-year, fully accredited technical college that provides a free education to qualifying financially disadvantaged citizens of Pennsylvania as well as serving tuition paying students.  Stevens has expanded from its original student body of 15 to almost 1,000 students who are enrolled in 21 high-skill, high-wage technical programs. The majority of the College’s graduates have remained in the Commonwealth since it’s founding in 1905. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is Pennsylvania's only state-owned, two-year college of technology.

For four consecutive times, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has been recognized by the Aspen Institute, an independent research panel, as one of the top 150 two-year colleges in the country. Thaddeus Stevens College was one of three colleges in Pennsylvania recognized by the Aspen Institute. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has also been recognized by PA-ACT Council as the Pennsylvania Community College Exemplar for 2015. This honor designates Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology as the top two-year college in Pennsylvania.

This event is open to the media. College issued media credentials will be required to enter the building.  In order to obtain credentials, please send the name of the reporter/photographer/videographer attending.  Pass will be mailed or available for pick up the day of the event.

In order to obtain a pass, please contact Scott Noden using the information below. Once again please note, no media will be permitted without proper media credentials.


For more information, please contact:
Scott Noden @ Phone:  717.669-4920 or Email:

2016 Academic Awards Banquet