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Stevensonian Spotlight: Howard DeLong

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

Written by: Brad Adams, Graphic Communications & Print Instructor

As an instructor at Thaddeus Stevens, we have many outstanding students pass through our door who attend our program to better their future and try to develop into professional, tax paying adults. This year I noticed a nontraditional student the first day of class who appeared to be about my age. As the days progressed through the beginning of the semester, I gradually started talking to him,  without mentioning anything about his age, about his past and his current goals with coming back to college later in life.

One day in a class I overheard a discussion he was having with a fellow classmate and he mentioned he was in the service. As most  proud American citizens would, I wondered what his experience was in the service; was he in any action, what branch of service, and possibly how long. I approached Howard Delong and started  asking questions about his service and was shocked to learn his  past and what he was presently doing as he attended Stevens as a full time student. Mind you, this was 6 to 7 weeks into the semester and he was performing at a top level, never late for class, always respectable, and always there for other students if they needed any help or advice.

This is what I learned about Howard; he is a retired U.S. Army Master Sargent with 24 years of service! He is also a veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Bright Star in Egypt. That in itself was beyond admirable. He then continued to add that he was working full time, 40 hours a week at Top Flight Printing Company while maintaining a full load of classes! He said the Veterans Administration is paying for his education to help
better himself in the industry. I literally didn’t know what to say when he told me this. I felt so insignifi cant standing next to him with what he has done for his country and what he was tryingto accomplish at the present time.

What I really admired was how he never made any mention of his accomplishments and never complained about his present schedule and all the time constraints he must be dealing with.

The reason I felt it necessary to bring this out to the Stevens family is for us to all sit back when we think we have it tough and think of what Howard is going through to advance himself, to better his future; and what he has done for our rights as American citizens. I also feel it to be important for our students and others to hear his story for those times when they feel they have a little too much on their plate.


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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Fleming Follow Up

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 8:22 AM

By Michael DeGroft, Dean of Enrollment Services



The US economy needs a nationwide resurgence in technical training for high school graduates, according to a national higher education expert hosted by the College in February.

Thaddeus Stevens, which aims to be at the forefront of the movement, hosted Kevin Fleming, dean of instruction at a Los Angeles-area community college, for a presentation of “(Re)Defining the Goal: True Career Readiness” to some 900 students, families and educators at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

As LNP reported following the event, Dr. Fleming’s message resonated with local students who fear going thousands of dollars into debt with no job to show for it—a risk in pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

A four-year degree that is not aligned with the skills required in today’s high-tech economy can lead to “uninspiring, low-pay work,” which Fleming admitted happened to him.

 “It was my technical skills, combined with my general education” that led to success, Fleming told the audience. For every job in the economy that requires a bachelor’s degree or higher, there are at least two jobs that require skills training in the form of an associate’s degree or certificate.

Even though, on average, holders of bachelor’s degrees earn more, “no one is perfectly average,” he said. If a student has the potential to be a skilled technician, but lacks the skills or ability to be a good manager, his or her earning potential is heavily skewed toward technical training.

And those averages are moving. Recent data shows median earnings for associate degree holders outpacing those with bachelor’s degrees for the first time, Fleming said.

Fleming, who is also CEO of Telos Educational Services, has more information, including a series of short animated videos, on his website.

PA Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, who addressed the audience prior to Fleming’s presentation, called the event a “great presentation on career pathways,” and pledged the Department pushing schools to show students “other ways to win” in the new economy.

Your path can start at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology! Let a member of our admissions team introduce you to our programs, take you on a tour of our campus or help you start an application.

2 Hour Delay

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 5:03 AM

Thaddeus Stevens College will operate on a two hour delay for Thursday, February, 9. Classes scheduled before 10:00 AM are cancelled. Offices will open at 10:00 AM.

Meet Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology's Deans

Posted by Brian Nguyen on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @ 1:46 PM

Dean Chris Metzler 

 Dr. Chris Metzler has served the college with deep dedication and he’ll continue to do so  even more as he undertakes a plethora of new initiatives as Dean. A little history on Dean  Metzler will quickly reveal he’s very energetic and committed to helping the students reach  their full potential both socially and with technical competency. In the fall of 2003,  Christopher Metzler was hired as a counselor at Stevens. As one of the College’s  counselors, in addition to meeting with students, he coordinated new student orientation  and presented various workshops on topics from diversity to college transition. Aft er  seven years as a counselor he was named the Director of Student Services. In that role he  oversaw the Athletic Department, Women’s Center, Student Organizations, and student  conduct. Some of the key initiatives in his new role included increasing activities for  students, developing a comprehensive assessment plan for all of Student Services,  creating operation policies and procedures, and identifying how Student Services can plan an eff ective role in helping to retain students. Metzler joined the board of the Shreiner-Concord Cemetery Foundation in 2010, the fi nal resting place of Th addeus Stevens. Th is year, Metzler was elected president of the Schreiner Foundation’s board. In 2011, he assumed additional responsibilities becoming the Athletic Director for the College and helped transition three sports teams into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Metzler has also helped with the formation of the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) where the College’s NJCAA teams compete for championships. Currently, Metzler serves as Vice-President of the EPAC. 


Dean Michael DeGroft '03

 He’s a man who has a deep respect for our mission and a heart to help our students.  Dean DeGroft refl ects on his early days at Stevens both as a student and as an  employee. “I have been at Th addeus Stevens as a student since 2001 and as an  employee since 2003. Th e fi rst 13 years of my time as an employee of the College was  in the Financial Aid and Registrar’s Offi ce. During this time, I had the opportunity to work  closely with students and families to assist them navigate the Financial Aid process. I  also was able to assist students with the registration side of the campus to help ensure  graduate requirements were met and help with other registrations questions and issues.” “I  thoroughly enjoyed both aspects of these responsibilities. Th is allowed me the  opportunity to play a small role in the student’s journey of graduating and beginning their  career. During this time I also had the opportunity work closely with the Admissions Offi  ce and assist students from the beginning of the process until the end, when they graduated.” “I now have the exceptional opportunity to shift gears in my professional career that provides a new challenge while allowing me to stay at Th addeus Stevens, which has become a part of my family. I truly believe in the mission of the college and I have witnessed countless times where the College has changed the lives of many people, including myself.” “In this new role I am excited for the opportunities to work closely with students, parents, high school counselors, teachers, political appointments and industry. It is important that all individuals are fully aware of the workforce needs and the important role that Th addeus Stevens College of Technology plays in that need.” Under his early guidance the Admissions offi ce has taken on a new process of execution of new duties and professionalism in procedures and responsibilities. Dean DeGroft is a multi-tasker and the right man to implement new ideas in conducting the business of Admissions. 










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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