I feel for the former ITT Technical Institute students who are affected by the school’s announcement that it is closing all of its locations nationwide. The good news is, we have five programs at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology where those students could resume their path to a degree.
The closest ITT locations to our College are three in the Philadelphia area and one in Harrisburg. Students in ITT’s School of Information Technology, School of Electronics Technology and School of Drafting and Design may be eligible to receive some credit for courses taken at ITT from Stevens.
Here are five programs students could consider:
- Electrical Technology. Students acquire the skills and theory needed for employment in career areas including electrical engineering technicians, power plant technicians, electrical construction and industrial maintenance.
- Electro-Mechanical Technology. A combination of electrical engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, computer aided drafting and machine technology, graduates of this program, also known as mechatronics, are some of the most in-demand employees in the manufacturing industry.
- Electronic Engineering. The program gives students a broad theoretical and practical background in analog and digital electronic circuits. Graduates of the Electronic Engineering Technology program are prepared to find employment as technicians with the ability to prototype, test, program, integrate, install, maintain and repair electronic systems.
- Computer Aided Drafting Technology. Graduates apply specialized knowledge and skills utilizing state-of-the-art CAD software to think critically, to solve problems, and to effectively communicate in a wide range of manufacturing and engineering industries.
- Computer and Network Systems Administration. Graduates are prepared for a career in the information technology industry, including systems administrator, network administrator, network technician, PC technician and Web application developer
The College only accepts direct transfer credits from institutions accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency, which ITT was not. (This was one of the areas investigated by the U.S. Department of Education.) However, the College will consider ITT coursework as “work experience” that could be applied to a degree.
The reality is, there is significant workforce demand for students in many of our degree programs at Thaddeus Stevens. It is in the best interests of our business community to serve as many students as we can. Though many of our programs are at capacity, if we can find room for students who meet our standards, we will work to get them enrolled.
Dr. William Thompson is the acting VP of Academic Affairs at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.