The Mellor building and its iconic clock tower at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

About

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is an acclaimed residential two-year college accepting students from throughout the state of Pennsylvania as well as veterans, members of the armed forces, and their families. As an accredited technical college, we are dedicated to preparing students for high-demand careers with family-thriving wages.

Founded as Stevens College in 1905, the school was initially a public institution for orphans of the state who learned a trade combined with academic education. It was begun based on a bequest in the will of Thaddeus Stevens, a statesman who dedicated his life to creating access to education and equity among those who faced injustice.

Today, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology offers two-year associate degrees in 24 programs to more than 1,400 students. In addition, the college offers four nine-month certificate programs as well as six-month and six-week short-term training at our Workforce and Economic Development Center in partnership with Tec Centro in Lancaster.

Inspiring Student Outcomes

An education from Thaddeus Stevens College provides the springboard for a sustainable future.

Thaddeus Stevens statue on Thaddeus Stevens College campus.

Mission

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology 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.

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Vision

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology will be the best two-year technical college of its kind by adding value to the lives of our students so that they will find skilled employment, be effective citizens, and reach their full potential.

Core Values

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is committed to structuring and maintaining its daily functions around these core values.

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Integrity

We value the commitment to high moral/ethical standards, honesty, and fairness in teaching and learning, social engagements, and professional practices.

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Diversity

We value the recognition of the variety of unique individuals within our world and the interdependence upon each other, each other’s culture, and the natural environment. We value the differences and respect the qualities and experiences that are different from our own.

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Respect

We value the unbiased consideration, treatment, and regard for the rights, values, beliefs, and property of all other people.

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Teamwork

Teamwork: We value working cooperatively and collaboratively as part of a group in which there is a shared mission and vision aligned toward a goal.

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Life-Long Learning

We value the relentless dedication to increasing the knowledge and competencies of all individuals associated with the College. We recognize that human resources are the College’s only sustainable competitive advantage.

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Accountability

We value taking responsibility for actions and the results of those actions; honoring obligations, expectations, and requirements; delivering what is promised; and owning up to shortcomings and mistakes.

Fast Facts

  • Location: Just a few blocks from Downtown Lancaster in Southeastern Pennsylvania, 71 miles west of Philadelphia and 38 miles east of Harrisburg.
  • Ownership: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Campus: Five locations in and around Lancaster City. Six residence halls, a dining hall, Library, and many lab and classroom buildings, as well as office buildings. Multipurpose Activity Center with three NCAA-sized basketball courts, large fitness center, racquetball courts, an indoor track, and an athletic field with an outdoor track.
  • Cost: Tuition and housing/meals costs can be found on the Tuition and Fees page. More than 90 percent of those attending receive some form of financial aid.
  • Student population: About 1,400 students who are co-ed. The College only admits Pennsylvania residents with the exception of veterans and active-duty military personnel who may not be Pennsylvania residents.
  • Calendar: The academic year begins in late August and ends in early May. The semesters consist of 16 weeks of instruction
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The College’s administration, staff, faculty, and board of directors seek to provide an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity and fosters equity for all students. Learn more about our focus on DEI here.

Questions About Accreditation

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Thaddeus Stevens College has received and maintained its accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1991. The next accreditation self-study evaluation will occur in 2025-2026. Information on the College’s accreditation status is available on the MSCHE website.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is a means of accountability through self-regulation and peer review. The MSCHE reviews institutions in their entirety rather than evaluating individual programs of study. Accreditation means that expected standards of quality and excellence have been met by an institution, including but not limited to the quality of faculty and academic programs, sound fiscal planning and processes, and the assessment of student’s total educational experience. Simply put, the accreditation process provides assurance that an institution is worthy of the public’s trust in producing an educational experience that leads to its purported goals as a postsecondary education provider.

Why is accreditation important?

Institutional accreditation is required to obtain loans and grants issued by the federal government Student Assistance Programs via Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA), as amended. Accreditation means that expected criteria for quality and excellence have been met by an institution regarding its operational capacity and provision of education and training to students, signifying that it is worthy of the public’s trust as an education provider.

How are institutions evaluated?

Institutions earn and maintain accreditation through a rigorous evaluation process that requires compliance in meeting MSCHE’s Standards of Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. These criteria are represented in postsecondary institutions’ policies, processes, and procedures that guide every institution in fulfilling its mission, values, and goals with respect to student learning outcomes and operational behavior.

More Information and Resources

Access more information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education via their official website: http://www.msche.org

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President

President Dr. Pedro Rivera

Pedro Rivera is the tenth president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. He joined the College on October 1, 2020. Prior to joining the College, he served as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

He was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Education in 2022 and serves as Chair of the Board’s Council of Higher Education.

Dr. Rivera is a lifelong educator, a practitioner, and a leader, with a focus on ensuring equitable access and funding for education. In September 2014, Rivera was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education with his holistic approach to student success. He also served as president of the board of directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and was a member of President-Elect Joseph Biden’s educational transition team.

“My whole career has been focused on serving students from underrepresented communities and providing opportunities for first-generation college graduates, and high school graduates. Being able to engage firsthand with an institution and to engage with faculty, staff, and students who are focused on the same things that I believe in made me think, ‘This was an opportunity of a lifetime.’ And being able to do so from my home in Lancaster was the icing on the cake.”

– Pedro Rivera

He currently serves on the board of directors for the Aspen Institute K12 Climate Action and The Hunt Institute and is a member of the Science of Learning & Development (SoLD) Alliance. He demonstrates his commitment to his local community by serving on the boards of Community First Credit Union; Economic Development Corporation of Lancaster County; Lancaster County Community Foundation; Lancaster County STEM Alliance; Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health; and WITF Public Broadcasting.

Rivera is a native of Philadelphia (and all things Philadelphia sports fan) who calls Lancaster home with his wife Erika, son Lucas, and daughter Elena.

EDUCATION

A first-generation college graduate, Rivera earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Cheyney University, and his Superintendent’s letter of eligibility from Arcadia University, along with a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

EXPERIENCE

Before becoming president of Thaddeus Stevens College, Rivera served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. He was appointed by Governor Wolf and confirmed unanimously by the state Senate in 2015.

EXPERTISE

President Rivera has also served as the superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, as well as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia.

Office of the President

Mellor Building, First Floor

Stacy Thornwall-Rogers, Executive Assistant to the President

Holly White, Director of Communications
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If you are interested in working for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, we’d love to hear from you! You can check out our job postings at any time or get in touch with our Director of HR and Engagement on our Careers page.