Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology announced today that it has been awarded a three-year, $2,507,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants Program.
Thaddeus Stevens, a two-year technical college that is based in Lancaster and has close to 900 students, is the only college in Pennsylvania to receive this state-designated grant in the third round of this program, according to a news release.
“For too long the College has faced a unique bottleneck in which we cannot accept enough students to ultimately graduate and go to work in the industries that need them most,” said college President William Griscom. “This grant will now allow us to engage in a much needed expansion of the campus and the programs in highest demand.”
Intended uses for the grant are as follows:
• Develop three new programs: Electromechanical technology (aka mechatronics), metal casting technology (foundry) and welding technology.
• Expand three existing programs: Machine technology and computer manufacturing, metal fabrication and welding, and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.
• Partner with the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board and PA CareerLink in offering more educational opportunities to adults who have lost their jobs due to outsourcing or foreign competition, military veterans and the unemployed.
The grant is designed to increase the capacity of Thaddeus Stevens as a whole, and the college noted that it comes “at the perfect time” while it is developing new programs to be held at the Greiner campus recently acquired from the City of Lancaster. The college called the $3 million land acquisition, coupled with nearly $21 million needed for equipment and other items, a critical aspect of its growth.
The college said it has hired Pam McCarty as project manager to oversee grant activities and report outcomes for the duration of the grant.