Thaddeus Stevens College News


Posted by Chad Baker on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 @ 9:07 PM

The Beta Nu Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology inducted 55 new members on Tuesday, February 23 during the New Member Induction Ceremony Dinner.

Inductees, families and friends were on hand as each of the students to be inducted were addressed by keynote speaker Pennsylvania State Representative Michael Sturla.

Click here to read more about the ceremony and to see photos from the event.

TSCT Holds Its 25th Annual Career Fair

Posted by Chad Baker on Friday, February 19, 2016 @ 11:54 AM

Overview of the Career FairFrom LancasterOnline.comMore than 700 Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology students thronged the institution’s 25th annual career fair, held Thursday from mid-morning to mid-afternoon at the campus’ Multipurpose Activity Center.

With more than 140 companies on hand to recruit new employees, it was the two-year technology college's largest job fair ever in terms of both student and employer participation, Director of Career Services Laurie Grove said. Based on conversations with students, the number of job offers made at the fair appeared to be up, too, Grove said.

More than 40 Stevens alumni were among the company representatives.

With more than three-quarters of Stevens’ enrolled students attending the fair, “it shows a level of participation unlike any other event we have on campus,” college spokesman Chad Baker said.

To see photos from the event, click this link.

Thaddeus Stevens College opens interim site for expanded metal fabrication and welding program

Posted by Chad Baker on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 @ 9:54 AM


The Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology knows companies will be lining up to hire the additional graduates it will be able to train when it completes its Greiner branch campus at the former National Guard Armory on Chesapeake Street.

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Posted by Chad Baker on Friday, January 29, 2016 @ 8:57 AM

Stevens Recognized For Fourth Consecutive Time by The Aspen Institute

Lancaster, PA – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology has been once again named as one of the top two-year colleges in the United States. The D.C.-based non-profit The Aspen Institute ranked the nation's top community colleges based on various criteria, including graduation rate and improvement in outcomes over time. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is the only two-year college of technology recognized in Pennsylvania.

Thaddeus Stevens College and 149 other community colleges announced today were selected from a national pool of over 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes. The formula used to select the colleges was devised by expert analysts at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems in consultation with an expert advisory committee convened by the Aspen Institute. The data focus on student retention and completion, considered from three perspectives: 

  • Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 “full-time equivalent” students)
  • Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)
  • Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students)

“We are incredibly honored to be named once again among some of the nation’s top ranked colleges,” stated Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology President Dr. William Griscom. “The College has always offered a unique educational opportunity while at the same time remaining focused on our mission of helping disadvantaged students. To be recognized nationally for our mission is a clear indication the College is moving in the right direction.”

This is the fourth consecutive time Thaddeus Stevens College has received this honor. The list of top two-year colleges, compiled every two years, began in 2011.  Thaddeus Stevens College has been named to the list in 2011, 2013, 2015 and again for 2017.

Thaddeus Stevens College has now been invited to submit an application containing detailed data on degree/certificate completion (including progress and transfer rates), labor market outcomes (employment and earnings), and student learning outcomes. They must demonstrate that they deliver exceptional student results for all students – including those from racial minority and/or low-income backgrounds – and also use data to inform decisions and continually improve over time.

Ten finalists will be named in fall 2016. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data from states and transfer data from the National Student Clearinghouse. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner and a few finalists with distinction in early 2017.

“Community colleges have tremendous power to change lives, and their success will increasingly define our nation’s economic strength and the potential for social mobility for every American” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “This competition is designed to spotlight the excellent work being done in the most effective community colleges, those that best help students obtain meaningful, high-quality education and training for competitive-wage jobs after college. We hope it will raise the bar and provide a roadmap for community colleges nationwide.”

More information regarding the announcement can be found at

The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to identify and replicate practices and policies that significantly improve college student outcomes.  Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ and policy-makers’ understanding of what is needed to teach and graduate post-secondary students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit Stevens College of Technology is a premier residential, two-year, accredited technical college that educates Pennsylvania’s economically and socially disadvantaged as well as other qualified students for skilled employment in a diverse, ever-changing workforce and for full effective participation as citizens.  Stevens has expanded from its original student body of 15 to over 900 students who are enrolled in 21 high-skill, high-wage technical programs.

Over 90% of the College’s graduates have remained in the Commonwealth since its founding in 1905. Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is Pennsylvania's only state-owned, two-year college of technology.


For more information, please contact:
 Chad Baker @ Phone:  717.299.7702, Cell: 717.487.8183, or Email:

Technical School Aims to Spark Interest in Female Students Pursuing STEM Careers

Posted by Chad Baker on Monday, November 9, 2015 @ 9:30 AM


As concerns regarding the lack of interest in manufacturing careers for the upcoming high school graduates rise, one school is reaching out to a demographic often neglected in the recruitment process for STEM careers: female students. Click here to read the full article.

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2016 Commencement Photo Gallery




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