2016-17 Course Catalog - 31
is an approved educational program that provides students with
academic credits for work done in their field of study. Students
are required to have completed a minimum of 12 credits in their
program major and have earned a 2.5 GPA or higher to participate.
Internships are available on and off campus throughout the year.
Information regarding internships may be obtained by visiting the
Career Services office in the Hartzell Building.
The Career Services department assists students who are interested
in transferring to a 4-year college or university after graduation
from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The college has a
number of articulation agreements with other colleges/universities
throughout Pennsylvania. Information regarding transferring to
another institution can be obtained by visiting the Career Services
office in the Hartzell Building.
Professional counseling service is provided by counselors located
in the Hartzell Building. Counselors are available on weekdays.
Students are encouraged to schedule appointments to assure
counselor availability. Generally, counselors provide personal and
academic counseling as well as referral and coordination with
community-based providers as needed. Examples of concerns
for which students seek counseling are depression, stress, anxiety,
family and relationship difficulties, poor study skills, poor
academic performance, disabilities, and uncertainty regarding
Counseling services are provided at no additional cost to the
student and are offered in a confidential setting where students
may freely discuss any concerns. When appropriate, counselors
may refer students to community-based providers.
As part of the college's Network of Student Support, the overarching
concept of our Mentoring Program at Thaddeus Stevens College of
Technology provides students with an opportunity to connect with
other students, faculty, and industry representatives in a more indepth, safe way to enhance the college experience and drastically
increase the retention and academic success of our students.
Each Mentoring Program below has one common outcome:
To improve recruiting, retention and graduation rates. They
are designed to work independently, but in concert with each
other maximizing contacts to benefit student success, and all
use common models, processes, and information sharing for
coordination and synergy.
1.Peer Mentoring (group mentoring)
The Peer Mentoring program is designed to provide students with
a smooth transition from one academic year to the next. Utilizing
academically successful freshman and sophomore students who
have "been there", students are made to feel included, more
comfortable, and have a better understanding of what to expect
during their academic journey. Peer Mentors are accessible by
other students via email, cell phone, and campus activities/events.
Pre-major Mentors: Freshman students who have successfully
completed the Premajor program and are now in the freshman
year of their technical program major are selected to mentor
incoming Premajor students. Pre-major Mentors are coordinated
through the Academic Success office.
Program Specific Peer Mentors: Sophomore students who have
successfully completed the freshman year of their technical
program major are selected to mentor the freshman class of
their specific program major. Program Specific Peer Mentors are
coordinated through the ACT 101 and Community Service office.
2. Industry Mentoring (group mentoring)
The Industry Mentor program will provide another outlet for
students to connect with a professional in their field of study;
someone to encourage and push them to see the correlation
between success in the classroom and success out in industry
thus increasing retention of those students who may be on the
cusp. Via shop visits, virtual connection (Skype, Google, Email
correspondence...), mock interviews, Industry Mentors will be a
bridge from the classroom to the "real world" answering questions
students have about expectations out in industry and providing a
link to other industry leaders for job shadows, internships, further
education/apprenticeships... Industry Mentors are coordinated
through the Career Services office.
3.Women's Mentoring (one-on-one mentoring)
Women's Mentors are coordinated through the Women's Center.
4.NSF Grant Specialized Mentoring (group mentoring)
The NSF/ATE grant seeks to improve retention by increasing
female students' sense of belonging in STEM and at Stevens
College through informal group mentoring discussions utilizing
female industry role models. This mentoring is open to all students
of Thaddeus Stevens College. NSF Grant Mentors are coordinated
through the NSF Grant administrators.
Residential Hall Staff
Professional residential hall advisors assigned to residence halls
on the main and Branch campuses. All of these advisors, as
well as the director of residence life, are trained in dealing with
residence hall issues, certified in adult CPR, as well as in the use of
an automated external defibrillator (AED). All issues concerning
residence life or housing will be dealt with by this staff, under the
direction of the director of residence life. Counseling issues, as
would be necessary, are referred to the professional counseling
services available on campus.
Services for Special Needs Students
Students who qualify for admission to the college are eligible
for disability accommodations after they have provided
documentation and have been approved for accommodations.
Not all cited accommodations may be approved. In keeping with
ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation ACT of 1973 specific
accommodations may be cited in provided documentation; but
not approved if the accommodations are not necessary to avoid
discrimination, or relate to a request that would alter / or modify
the pace, content or essential skills required for a program of study.
Academic Catalog * 31