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TSCT Honors Alumni at Annual Alumni Banquet

Posted by Chad Baker on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 @ 3:08 PM

Winners of the 2015 Alumni AwardsThe Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Alumni Association recognized several alumni during their annual Alumni Banquet held on campus on Saturday, April 25.


Mr. Laudeman is a 1965 graduate of the Machine program at Stevens. He went on to get an Apprenticeship in Tool & Die and worked at AMP Incorporated.  He received a Bachelor’s degree and Masters in Education from Millersville University.  After four years as an industrial arts teacher, he went back to AMP for several years before becoming Maryland State Director of the Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship.  He then moved up to Regional Executive Assistant for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, retiring in 2014.

Mr. Laudeman is involved in coaching for the York County Special Olympics and is involved in his church.

“The hand-on learning environment [at Stevens] provided me the opportunity to attain the skills that formed a strong foundation that enabled me to complete a Tool & Die Maker apprenticeship program and each Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Industrial Education.”

Bob and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of 3 children and reside in York, PA.


Mr. Schwartz 1988 graduate of the Stevens Machine Technology program. He received his Journeyman Tool & Die Maker designation in 1994, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 2005.

Mr. Schwartz has had  extensive industry experience and is currently professor of Machine Technology at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.  He is on the advisory boards of York County School of Technology and Bethlehem Area Vocational School. He has served Stevens as a division chair and faculty senate chair, as well as numerous faculty committees.

“Because my father died when I was eleven years old, I was raised by a single mother and it was a constant struggle for her to provide financially. I became aware of the importance of being financially independent at a very young age.  It was almost pure chance that I ended up at Stevens but it has made all the difference in my life.  Nothing gives me greater satisfaction than feeling as though I am able to assist my students to improve their own lives.” 

Mr. Swartz credits Mr. Jug McKeever for making an impact on him while attending Stevens, stressing to him the importance of properly investing money.

Ron enjoys dual-sport motorcycle touring and restoring old boats. He is the father of two children. He and his wife, Susanna, reside in Drumore, PA


Mr. Brady is a 2005 graduate of the Stevens Graphic Communication and Printing Technology program at Stevens.  He went on to work for RR Donnelley before becoming the sophomore instructor in the same program from which he graduated. 

Mr. Brady is a member of the Susquehanna Litho Club.  His special interest is in film photography.

“I grew at Stevens personally and professionally.  Stevens got me an internship at RR Donnelley; the lead to be employed there for eight years.” 

Mike does extensive printing for the College, the Foundation and Alumni Association. He designed the layout for this evening’s program and volunteers his time and expertise providing layout for The Tower quarterly newsletter.  He also volunteers for Keystone Church and Water Street Ministries. He and his wife, Laura, are the parents of two boys and reside in Lancaster. 


Mrs. Valentin received two associate degrees at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology; the first in 2004 in Machine Tool & Computer Aided Manufacturing; the second in 2006 in Mechanical Engineering.

She is currently a Quality Manager for National Novelty Brush Company. She serves on the board of directors for the Clare House, helping homeless women and children through life skills training and support.  Mrs. Valentin also serves the Junior League of Lancaster, which is committed to promoting volunteerism and developing the potential of women.  Since 2010 she has been a member of the Donegal Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a women’s volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through education for children.

Recently, Mrs. Valentin has volunteered on campus to speak to groups of female high school students exploring opportunities at Stevens. 

Mrs. Valentin is the mother of two children.  She and her husband, Jose, reside in Lancaster.


TE Connectivity, previously AMP and Tyco, has been a consistent supporter of Stevens College.  TE employees serve on several of the Industry Advisory Committees for technical programs at Stevens, providing valued input and leadership.  TE Connectivity is also an employer of Stevens’ grads.

Since 1999 TE Connectivity Foundation has provided the College ten grants totaling over $163,000. They supported a robotics initiative this year with the Electronics Technology program as well as the Electro-Mechanical program.  They provided funding for the new chemistry lab at the branch campus and helped equip the Smart Classroom in the Hartzel building.  They were also a generous supporter of a new Wire EDM machine in the Machine Technology program.

These initiatives and their ongoing support have made TE Connectivity a valuable corporate partner to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. 


The Central PA Chapter chartered with Porsche Club of American in September 1965. Today there are 439 primary members and over 700 associated members in the region.  PCA has over 110,000 members in local regions making it the largest single marque car club in the world. 

In 2014, the Porsche Club established a major partnership with the College’s Auto and Collision Repair programs.  They provided two full-tuition scholarships; one for Auto Tech and one for Collision Repair. They also provided tools for each second-year student.

The Porsche Club donated a Porsche to be restored by the two departments and then sold it with the proceeds going back into the program. 

The College is grateful to this generous corporate partner and looks forward to their future involvement in the auto-related programs at Stevens.


With all their employees participating in a community Earth Day event, Rohrer’s Quarry is unable to be with us this evening, so Alex Munro will receive the award on their behalf.

Rohrer’s has been assisting the New Home Construction program at Stevens for the past three years through their donation of stone and cement for the project. This is a significant savings to the program’s budget and an important part of the construction process. Travis Rohrer, the company president, has been an invaluable partner with the College.


Wes Geib is an outstanding ambassador for the College, particularly the Machine Tool program. He has established an outreach program to assist the College.  He personally contacts and visits area high school to introduce students, parents, guidance counselors, etc. to machining and to Stevens.

Mr. Geib volunteers on the Machine Tool Advisory Committee and has assisted in many other ways.  He is the owner of Geib’s Manufacturing Solutions, Manheim, PA.

Admitting that he is very passionate about helping to expose young students to the trade industries and related employment opportunities, Mr. Geib notes that one of his major accomplishments is mentoring young people who have successfully completed classes at Stevens and found employment in jobs they enjoy.

Wes and his wife, Audrey, are the parents of three children and reside in Manheim, PA.


As Chairman of the Good Group, Ephrata, PA, Mr. Gooding has been an active supporter of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology over the years.

The Gooding Group consists of GSM Roofing; GSM Industrial, a metal fabrication and installation contractor; the Gooding Group Foundation, a philanthropic organization; and BGT Realty.  One of his most gratifying accomplishments is watching the business move into the third generation.

Mr. Gooding has served on the boards of many educational, philanthropic and community volunteer organizations.  He is a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and Goldey Beacom College.

Mr. Gooding has three sons.  His wife of 48 years passed away in February of Alzheimer’s, for which he hopes a cure will be found for the next generation.  His special interests are grandchildren, hunting and fishing.


After graduating from the Cabinetmaking program at Stevens in 1990, Mr. Shallis worked for two cabinetmakers in the Philadelphia area.  He then came to the realization that he wanted to strike out on a venture of his own.  He and his brother started Shallis Services, Inc., a commercial cleaning and maintenance business.  Since 1996, Shallis Services has grown to a company of 50-plus employees.

In 2001, he took a hobby and turned it into a business for recreation with off-road vehicles, which he called Rausch Creek Off Road Park, Inc. RCORP is one of the top east coast destinations for the off-road sport.  The park provides a safe, legal place to enjoy the sport as well as experience races and rock crawling events.  They’ve held fundraising events on site to support breast cancer, wounded warriors, and 9/11 remembrance. 

Mr. Shallis is an International Four Wheel Driver Trainer and a coach for Coatesville Youth Lacrosse. 

Mr. Shallis met his future wife, Lisa, at a Stevens dance with LGH nursing students and today they are the parents of two sons.  They reside in Coatesville, PA.


Vince Lattanzio was a well-respected and very active member of the Stevens Alumni Association and Foundation  upon his untimely passing in January of this year.  He proudly served as treasurer of the Thaddeus Stevens Foundation, was chairman of the Alumni Awards committee, served on the Finance & Investment committee, the Fundraising committee and the Policy & Procedures committee.

Mr. Lattanzio graduated from Stevens in 1978 in the Cabinetmaking program.  In 1988 he joined Fulton Financial Advisors as an employee benefits specialist and later earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner. He was a senior vice president of Charitable and Endowment Services at Fulton Bank at the time of his death.

The son of Italian immigrants, Vince treasured his recent trips to Italy where he connected with extended family in his parents’ hometowns in Abruzzo. He studied Italian and was able to speak it fluently.  He also enjoyed Italian cooking, and visiting one of the special places of his childhood, Long Beach Island, NJ.

Vince was instrumental in securing several major scholarships for students at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.  He was a quiet and unassuming advocate for Stevens, and diligently attended almost every event of the organization.  His presence is greatly missed.

Mr. Lattanzio is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and four children: Annie (who is here tonight), Kate, Charlie and Joe. 


Cody Kaufman is a Lancaster county native with a real passion for metal working and metal art.  This interest brought him to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, where he completed his degree in Metal Fabrication and Welding Technology in 2009. 

After graduation, Cody and his uncle, Bruce Kaufman, also a graduate of Stevens in architectural drafting, began their business, Kaufman’s Metal Art. Cody finds inspiration from his love of the outdoors and brings nature into his unique metal artwork. Everything is created by hand with techniques that ensure each piece is truly one of a kind.

Kaufman’s Metal Art has expanded significantly since its inception in 2012, and will no doubt continue to soar.


Posted by Chad Baker on Monday, April 6, 2015 @ 3:42 PM

ACT College & Career Readiness Campaign

Lancaster College Recognized As the Top Two Year College In Pennsylvania

LANCASTER, PA – The PA ACT State Council has selected Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology as the 2015 Community Exemplar for the state of Pennsylvania. The award is part of ACT’s third annual College and Career Readiness Campaign, its largest yet with 30 partner states, including Pennsylvania. The Campaign culminates in ACT’s National Gala for College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C. in June. One student, one high school, one community college and one employer will be chosen from amongst the state exemplars for national recognition.

“Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is honored to be named as ACT’s Community College Exemplar for the Commonwealth,” said Thaddeus Stevens’ President Dr. William Griscom. “Through the hands on learning in our programs, our significant job placement of 100% from most of our 21 majors, and our strong connections with business and industry, the College takes pride in preparing the next generation of technical and trade-related employees.”

Community college exemplars are evaluated based on the following criteria, wherever applicable:

  • Accessibility of career readiness assessments and career preparation programs
  • Strength of relationships with local employers
  • Student success indicators including second-year retention, graduation, and four-year-college transfer rates, including for students from underrepresented racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Demonstrated dedication to career planning and to providing a support structure for students
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing leadership opportunities for students outside the classroom

"We are excited to honor Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology with this award,” said Scott Montgomery, ACT vice president for policy, advocacy and government relations.  “Highlighting the college's consistent and successful efforts will provide motivation and inspiration to other education and workplace leaders to follow in their footsteps in making college and career success a reality for more individuals in Pennsylvania.”

Following exemplar selections in each of the 30 partner states, national award recipients will be recognized at the ACT National Gala for College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., on June 9, 2015. An ACT selection committee will review all state exemplars and choose 16 national semifinalists in early April. A national selection committee comprised of education and workforce development leaders will then select one honoree per category for national recognition at the gala.

The 30 participating states are:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

To learn more about the ACT College & Career Readiness Campaign and view highlights from prior years, visit



Posted by Chad Baker on Friday, April 3, 2015 @ 12:50 PM

LANCASTER, PA - The Beta Nu Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology inducted 64 new members on Tuesday, March 31 during the New Member Induction Ceremony Dinner.

For more details, photos from the event and a full list of the inductees, please click this link.


Posted by Chad Baker on Thursday, March 12, 2015 @ 3:36 PM

LANCASTER, PA - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visited Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology on Thursday as part of his School That Teach tour. The Governor met with representatives of the College to learn about the College's mission, as well as to get a better understanding of the need for trained, skilled workers in the various fields of trade and technology.

The Governor toured three programs during the visit: Metals Fabrication/Welding; Machine Tool and Computer Aided Manufacturing and the College's new Electro-Mechanical Technology program. In each area of study, the Governor was able to speak to the instructors and students to learn more about each major.

The Governor also had the treat of meeting kindergartners from Lafayette Elementary School in Lancaster who were on campus as part of the College's Adopt-a-Kindergarten program. As he was leaving campus, the kindergartners were on their way to lunch and happened to bump in to the Governor. Governor Wolf took time to speak to the students and to pose for a few photos.

Thaddeus Stevens College to introduce residential remodeling program this fall -

Posted by Chad Baker on Monday, March 9, 2015 @ 4:35 PM

By TIM STUHLDREHER | Business Writer

Looking to match students with the needs of a growing industry, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will begin offering a program in residential remodeling this fall, the Lancaster-based two-year tech and trade school announced Monday. Click here to read more.

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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