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Lancaster, PA—Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology graduates “will be consumers who drive the economy,” according to William Griscom, the college’s president, in testimony before the state House appropriations committee.

The median student loan debt for Thaddeus Stevens graduates is just $7,200, a fraction of the nationwide average, and in high demand due to the shortage of skilled workers in the Commonwealth. Griscom and Thaddeus Stevens Foundation executive director Alex Munro testified that the college’s annual career fair on Feb. 15 attracted nearly 350 companies looking to fill more than 900 jobs, though Stevens will only award 350 degrees in May. A number of jobs offer starting salaries of $60,000 or more with full benefits.

“While this is a great position for our graduates, the lack of skilled employees threatens the economy and our standard of living,” Griscom said. “A skilled workforce is this only sustainable competitive advantage a company has in the global marketplace.”

Thaddeus Stevens has set ambitions goals for enrollment growth the meet the demand, looking to double from 1,000 undergraduates currently to 2,000 in the next five to 10 years. It has doubled some programs, such as electrical and HVAC, and added new programs like welding and software engineering. The college’s machine tool, HVAC and metals fabrication programs will move to a new $25 million advanced manufacturing center in 2018, tripling capacity.

In addition to supporting the technical workforce needs of the Commonwealth, the college also offers a bridge out of poverty for the poorest qualified citizens of Pennsylvania. Some 51 percent of students are eligible for the federal Pell Grant due to economic need. Breaking the cycle of poverty has been part of the college’s mission since it was founded in 1905 by a bequest from its namesake, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, of Lancaster.

Thaddeus Stevens was one of five budget hearings for the committee Wednesday, as lawmakers consider Gov. Wolf’s $32.3 billion budget for 2017-2018. The governor proposed level funding for Thaddeus Stevens, which would be $13.2 million, or 1 percent of the state’s total higher education appropriation. Though enrollment increased by 9 percent, the college reduced its cost per student by more than $1,000 from 2015 to 2016.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is consistently ranked as Pennsylvania’s top technical college and awards associate degrees in 22 high-demand, skilled occupations. A full listing of programs is available at

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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