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Thaddeus Stevens College: A beacon of light, hope, and inspiration

The College’s mission is to create equitable access to higher education

  • By Marquis Lupton

Aired; February 9th, 2024.

In a recent development within the realm of higher education, Governor Shapiro’s Blueprint for Higher Education has sparked discussions surrounding accessible and affordable educational opportunities, coupled with transformative outcomes. At the forefront of this conversation is Thaddeus Stevens College, a state institution distinct from the PASSHE system, which has garnered attention for its impressive statistics.

Thaddeus Stevens College boasts remarkable outcomes, with 97 percent of its graduates securing employment upon graduation. This figure is accompanied by a striking ratio of 22 job opportunities available per graduate, highlighting the college’s commitment to equipping students with practical skills sought after by employers. Moreover, an impressive 95 percent of graduates choose to remain in Pennsylvania, contributing to the state’s workforce and economy.

During a discussion with University President Pedro Rivera on The Spark, the focus was on the college’s mission to foster equitable access to higher education. Thaddeus Stevens College actively supports this mission by providing grant funding tailored to qualifying students. These funds cover essential expenses such as tuition, housing, meals, tools, and books, thereby alleviating financial barriers that often hinder students’ pursuit of higher education.

The college’s emphasis on practical skills training aligns with the evolving demands of the job market, ensuring that graduates are well-prepared to meet industry needs. This approach not only enhances students’ employability but also contributes to Pennsylvania’s economic vitality by supplying skilled workers across various sectors.

Thaddeus Stevens College stands out as a beacon of opportunity, offering a pathway to success for students from diverse backgrounds. By prioritizing accessibility and affordability, the college is advancing Governor Shapiro’s vision of a higher education system that empowers individuals and transforms communities.

As discussions surrounding Governor Shapiro’s Blueprint for Higher Education continue, Thaddeus Stevens College serves as a compelling example of how institutions can achieve meaningful outcomes while prioritizing the needs of their students and the broader community. With its commitment to equitable access and transformative education, the college remains a driving force in shaping the future of higher education in Pennsylvania.

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