Thaddeus Stevens College News

From a Woman's Perspective

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Monday, December 19, 2016 @ 12:36 PM

 By: Samantha Nocheck, Class of 2016

“Every man, no matter what his race or color; every earthly being who has an immortal soul, has an equal right  to justice, honesty, and fair play with every other man”— Representative Thaddeus Stevens of Pennsylvania,  1867.

 I chose to attend at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology after learning about the diversity and mission  from a past alumnus of the college. Although, as a young mother, it was difficult for me at the time to return to  school, Stevens has provided me with the experience and opportunity to overcome all of my challenges.    Without the leadership of the college’s administration, staff, and faculty I wouldn’t be able to reach my goal of  receiving a valuable education. The college has given me the support to become a leader through being a  student, tutor, intern, president of the Student Government Association, and more importantly a woman on  campus

  The mixture of the diversity and leadership made it easier for me to work towards achieving my goal of  graduating from Stevens in May 2017. Being a mother has given me the determination and aspiration to  embrace the mission of our college everyday as I work with others from every aspect of life.  Attending Thaddeus Stevens College has provided me with the opportunity to excel and become the person I am today.  

 I encourage women of all ages to explore in taking one of the 22 exciting career majors offered at Thaddeus Stevens. A commitment made now could prepare you for employment opportunities upon graduation. Don't hesitate to take the next step, it's worth it! 


Thaddeus Stevens College Announces Promotions, New Staff

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 1:57 PM



Lancaster, PA—Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has promoted Michael DeGroft to dean of enrollment services and Christopher Metzler to dean of student services.

 DeGroft, of Lancaster, is a 2003 graduate of Thaddeus Stevens, where has been employed since. Most recently  he served as director of financial aid and registrar. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix and  a bachelor’s degree from Elizabethtown College.




 Metzler, of Mount Joy, joined the college in 2003. Most recently he was director of student services and athletic  director. He earned a doctorate from Northcentral (Ariz.) University and holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s  degree from Clemson University.




 Thaddeus Stevens has also hired Melissa Wisniewski as director of financial aid.

 Wisniewski, of Mountville, spent the past three years as campus director of enrollment service and financial aid  at HACC’s  Lancaster campus. Wisniewski holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Millersville  University.




 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is consistently ranked as Pennsylvania’s top technical college and awards associate degrees in high-demand, skilled occupations. A full listing of programs is available at


CONTACT:            Adam M. Aurand

                                Director of Marketing and Public Relations

                                717.299.7702 (direct) | 717.572.9906 (cell)


You CAN Find Value in Higher Education

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Thursday, December 1, 2016 @ 10:32 AM


November 16, 2016

By Michael DeGroft, ’03, Dean of Enrollment Services

Nationwide, 44 million people owe $1.3 trillion in student debt. That’s more than the gross domestic product of Russia. The average class of 2016 graduate has more than $37,000 in debt. Statistics like these have people questioning the value of higher education altogether. But that’s a mistake. You can find value in a postsecondary degree—you just need the right degree.

According to Kevin Fleming in his excellent short film, “Success in the New Economy,” half of university graduates are under-employed, with jobs that do not require the education they received. Likewise, while it may be true that the average income for “white-collar” careers is higher, that’s only average. If you have the ability to succeed as a skilled technician, but lack the ability in, say, business, you will earn much more learning a trade.

And it will cost you a lot less.

The average student loan debt for Thaddeus Stevens graduates is only about $7,000. And, more importantly, about half of all TSCT students qualify for our Stevens Grant, which covers tuition, housing, meals, tools and textbooks. These students are on the fast-track to a high-demand job with no debt as they start their career.

Students considering Stevens have an additional advantage, thanks to changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are now able to file a FAFSA for the upcoming academic year by Oct. 1, rather than Jan. 1. Because the Stevens Grant uses federal Pell Grants to supplement the program, the early FAFSA will help us make decisions on student eligibility and put aid packages together sooner.

I’m pleased to announce that the College recently hired a new director of financial aid, Melissa Wisniewski, to help students and families navigate this sometimes complicated process. Mrs. Wisniewski comes to Stevens with more than a decade of experience in financial aid. She will be a great asset to TSCT families and prospective families, and I encourage you to reach out to her with any questions you may have.

There are also many books on the topic, including two new ones, “Student Debt” and “Game of Loans.” In particular, the “Game of Loans” authors argue that the problem is not that people borrow to invest in their futures—which they support—but that students make poor choices in education that won’t pay off for them.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is a solution to that problem. There is value in higher education—and a degree from Thaddeus Stevens!

Mr. DeGroft is the Dean of Enrollment Services at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

TSCT Runner to Compete in Cross Country Nationals

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Monday, November 14, 2016 @ 1:47 PM

Ray Reyes (left) with Coach Matthew Robinson (right) 


Lancaster, PA—Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology freshman Ray Reyes finished in the top 20 Saturday at the NJCAA Division III Cross Country Championships in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Reyes posted a time of 30:18.5 at the 8K finals held on the Bruce Bridgeman Cross Country Course at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, N.Y., good for 19th place out of 175 runners. Reyes qualified for the national championships by posting a time of 29:14.67 at the Region XIX Championships Oct. 30 in Newark, N.J.

 “One thing I enjoy about cross country is the team bonding experience, which makes it feel like a second family,” Reyes said. “I enjoy the traveling, and the scenery while running.”

Reyes is an architecture technology major at Thaddeus Stevens. He is a 2016 graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School.

“My dream career is to become an architect and one days design and build my own house to my specifications,” he said. “What I like about Thaddeus Stevens is the small class sizes and the loving staff.”



Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is consistently ranked as Pennsylvania’s top technical college and awards associate degrees in high-demand, skilled occupations. A full listing of programs is available at

CONTACT:            Adam M. Aurand

                           Director of Marketing and Public Relations
                           717.299.7702 (direct) | 717.572.9906 (cell)

Growing Support for the Skilled Trades

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Monday, November 7, 2016 @ 10:19 AM



October 26, 2016
By Allen Tate, Director of Development

At our annual scholarship dinner this fall, we awarded scholarships to 62 current Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology students totaling a cumulative value of more than $142,000. This investment in our students, from companies and donors, reflects the growing movement to support the skilled trades—a movement our economy needs.

We are thankful that this year’s program included seven new scholarships created just over the past year. As the College continues its rapid growth, we will need support from individuals and companies to assist more students in acquiring the high-tech training they need to fill the many openings that are being created by the “Boomer” retirements. I would be happy to provide information on establishing scholarships here at Stevens, upon your inquiry.

Fortunately, scholarships are not the only way organizations are helping Thaddeus Stevens meet our modern workforce demands. We are also thankful to both the Gunterberg Foundation , who awarded a $50,000 grant and the  Alcoa Foundation, which awarded a $20,000 grant to the College to support new  a 9-month structural welding certificate program that will become a full associate degree program. These funds helped equip the new student laboratory on campus.

These companies, organizations and individuals understand the importance of technical education. Policymakers are paying notice. As James Pierson of the Manhattan Institute wrote recently in the Wall Street Journal (paywall), “technical and vocational education should receive more emphasis as a path to upward mobility.”

He quotes Mike Rowe, host of the show “Dirty Jobs,” in questioning the change in how a “good” job is defined: “The bias against vocations, from carpentry and welding to the maintenance of high-tech machinery and computer repair, means that discussions of higher education typically neglect these paths.” Rowe is working with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry to “Start the Conversation” and address the widening skills gap in the Commonwealth, and we are participating in that effort.

Thaddeus Stevens is fortunate that local businesses and philanthropists continue to support our programs, and we are pleased this message is getting wider attention. We are ready to transform today’s students into tomorrow’s workforce!

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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