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Academic Support Services

In the transition from home to college, students may need
to discuss their concerns. A variety of resource personnel
are available to provide support and guidance to students.
Academic Center
The College Academic Center provides students with a
location to obtain educational advice and assistance Monday
through Thursday from 8:00AM to 8:00PM. On Fridays, they
are open from 8:00AM to 2:00PM. On Sundays, tutors are
available from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Counselors and advisors
are available to support student needs. In addition, materials
and presentations are available to support student learning;
topics include how to study, how to take tests, how to deal
with stress and a number of other subjects for enhancing
student learning. The Academic Center is located in Room
104 in the Hartzell Building.
Act 101
The College participates in the Pennsylvania Department
of Education's Act 101 program, a statewide initiative
established in 1971 to ensure that residents of the
Commonwealth enjoy equal opportunity to pursue higher
education. Fewer than 40 postsecondary institutions in
the state have this designation. Although many students
meet the qualifications, approximately 100 are chosen.
Participants are selected based on specific educational
and economic criteria set forth by the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania. Act 101 staff closely monitors student
progress and provides academic, career, and personal
services designed to facilitate collegiate success. Tutors
are available to assist students in mastering academic and
technical skills required of their programs. The Act 101
program has been promoting student success at Thaddeus
Stevens College since 1976.
Academic Advisors
Each student is assigned an academic advisor. Academic
advisement is a vital element of support provided to students
by the College's general education faculty. Regular meetings
with advisees ensure that students fully understand
program requirements, make appropriate course selections,
and follow prescribed registration procedures. The advisor/
student relationship provides a means for students to seek
assistance with both program-related issues and personal
matters. The goal is to serve the total student as well as
advise students in academic matters. Academic advisors
are available during posted office hours and by appointment.

Assessments

Student participation,performance, and evaluation have
been and will continue to be a critical element in assuring
the College continues to meet the accreditation
standards for accreditation
and safeguarding a
student's opportunity to apply for loans and grants issued
by the federal government. For these reasons, students of
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology are required to
participate in critical assessments and evaluations, such as,
but not limited to, those listed below:
* National
Occupational
Competencies
Institute
Assessment (NOCTI): Technical program pre-test
measures technical competencies of students newly
enrolled.
* National
Occupational
Competencies
Institute

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Assessment (NOCTI): Technical program posttest measures technical competencies of students
completing a program illustrating academic growth
overtime.
Automotive Service Excellence Student Certification
(ASE): A series of exams that evaluates and certifies
competencies as a service professional in the
automotive industry.
ETS Proficiency Profile Assessment: Pre-test
measures academic competencies in reading, writing,
mathematics, critical thinking, humanities, social
sciences, and natural sciences of students who are
newly enrolled.
ETS Proficiency Profile Assessment: Post-test
measures academic competencies in reading, writing,
mathematics, critical thinking, humanities, social
sciences, and natural sciences of students completing
a program illustrating academic growth overtime.
Student Academic Opinion Survey (SAOS): Online survey
provides instructors with critical feedback regarding
the classes they teach. Identity of respondents is
confidential. Graduate Online Survey: Post-graduate
survey provides the College with vital information
regarding career placement and starting salary. Postgraduate surveys are conducted 1 year, 5 years, and 10
years after graduation.

Career Services

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology provides free
placement assistance service as administered by the
Director of Career Services. The median five-year placement
rate of graduates of Thaddeus Stevens College is over 90%.
Placement rate is defined as the percent of graduates
who are either working in a field related to their major or
continuing their education on a on a full-time basis. Many
programs have a 100% placement rate. Students seeking
full-time employment upon graduation or Internships during
college should see the Director of Career Services in room
106 of the Hartzell Building.
Career Fair
The college hosts an annual career/job fair in the MAC
Building each February. Students are given the opportunity
to meet and network with hundreds of employers from
across Pennsylvania that have employment vacancies for
full-time positions for graduating sophomores and summer
internships for freshmen.
Job Placement
Throughout the year, job vacancies are posted via the
college's job-posting website, College Central Network, one
of the most comprehensive online recruitment services on
the internet. CCN provides a direct connection to full-time,
part-time, internship, seasonal, freelance, and volunteer
opportunities. All of CCN's services are free of charge
to students and alumni of Thaddeus Stevens College of
Technology.
Seminars/Workshops
Seminars and workshops are offered during the academic
year to assist students with resume writing, cover letters,
interviewing skills, mock interviews, soft skills, internship
prep, and self-branding/social media.
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