|April 1, 2014 11:55 AM
|Representative Ryan P. Aument
|All House members
|Funding for Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
|I am preparing to introduce legislation to ensure that Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology receives an annual funding increase that is at least equal to the increase received by the State-related institutions, Pennsylvania's community colleges, and the State System of Higher Education.
Established in 1905, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology is an accredited institution in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, providing students with a well-rounded, two-year technical education. Originally founded by the Commonwealth to benefit indigent orphans, Thaddeus Stevens now serves both tuition-paying and economically disadvantaged students and offers full, need-based scholarships to over two-thirds of its students. With a remarkable 96 percent job-placement rate for the 2010 academic year, the College offers students an excellent opportunity for a solid career and a high quality of life.
To help ensure that Thaddeus Stevens receives sufficient funding to carry out its important mission, my proposal provides that, beginning in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the annual percentage appropriation increase received by Thaddeus Stevens over its appropriation in the immediately preceding fiscal year must, at a minimum, be equal to the higher of the following:
In this way, my bill will help make certain that this truly worthwhile institution receives funding that is at least parity with other State-supported institutions of higher education.
Thank you for your consideration.
Introduced as HB2176