In 2010, USA Today called the Tacoma School District a “Dropout Factory,” with a disappointing 55 percent graduation rate. It was then that the district forged a clear goal: by the class of 2020, the district would increase the graduation rate by 50 percent. It took less than four years to move the rate of […]
For Technical High School student Demry Polum, working in a male-dominated environment doesn’t intimidate her. In fact, it’s in her blood. Her grandmother was a truck driver for five years, and her mother has been in the industry for 15 years. So it was no surprise that when she heard about Bates’ Technical High School, […]
TACOMA, Wash. – Bates Technical College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant instructor Aimee Sidhu received the 2016 Exceptional Faculty Award in a surprise presentation recently. College President Dr. Ron Langrell said, “Bates is fortunate to have Aimee among our excellent faculty. She has a deep level of knowledge and skill, and the Occupational Therapy Assistant participants greatly benefit […]
You’ve heard of the old saying, “there’s no place like home.” And this is exactly the case for one small community here in Western Washington. The Key Peninsula is home to the town of Home , a place with a rich history of the progressive culture that’s predominant here in Western Washington today. On Friday’s special edition […]
As the cost for tuition at four year universities continue to skyrocket, so does the dismay among high-school students who wish to continue their education after graduation. But now, there’s a new option for those students who wish to learn a skill which could lead to high paying careers.
Bates Technical College Digital Media and Broadcasting and Video Production graduate Liam Murphy was honored at the Transforming Lives Award dinner in Olympia on Jan. 23. Murphy joined other nominees from the state’s 34 two-year community and technical colleges to honor and recognize students or graduates who have overcome significant barriers to achieve their higher-education goals.
In this edition of Spotlight on Staff, we sat down with Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) instructor Karrie Zylstra. Read on to find out what inspires her, what she finds as the most important changes happening at the college, what three traits define her, and more. Instructor Karrie Zylstra finds inspiration in watching students graduate […]
The Bates Robotics Club is back with an intriguing new project; autonomous paired robots. The club members, comprised of students from various programs, are building two identical autonomous robots, which will be programmed to respond to their environment, as well as each other. Once built, the students will begin programming each one’s processor and calibration […]
From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12, Bates Technical College’s Culinary Arts program at the Downtown Campus will serve a Southern-style lunch as part of the college’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration . Menu is below, and the cost per person is $10. Note that regular lunch service will not be available.
TACOMA, Wash. — Bates Technical College will honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with two community events. The first features speakers Jacquie Banks and Keith Blocker. The celebration, themed “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: The Journey Continues,” will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Downtown Campus Auditorium, 1101 S. Yakima Ave., […]