Bates’ Brain Series explores how early learning experiences shap e brain development

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TACOMA –Whether it’s singing nursery rhymes, reading to children, or verbally engaging with babies and toddlers, each interaction fosters brain development. Explore how loving and warm interactions and challenging learning experiences promote healthy brain development at Bates Technical College’s Brain Series lecture.

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Jazz guitarist Michael Powers to help Bates fundraiser

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TACOMA –Acclaimed Seattle jazz guitarist Michael Powers will perform once again at Bates Technical College Foundation’s signature fundraiser, Bates Sizzles, Thursday, April 24, 5:30-9 p.m., at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway Street, in Tacoma.

The event features a silent auction with items from the Northwest Float Center, Olive Branch Café, a catered dinner for eight from the college’s Culinary Arts program, and more. You can also pre-bid on a selection of items at www.bates.ctc.edu/Sizzles, including a package to be a Seattle Mariners Groundskeeper for a Day, which includes assisting with setting up batting practice and pre-game preparation, dragging the infield between 3rd and 6th innings, taking the bases in after the game, and box-seat tickets for you and two friends.

Attendees will enjoy an international menu of hors d’oeuvres created and served by students in our culinary program.

Scholarships play a key role in our students’ higher education endeavors, and the annual Bates Sizzles helps raise funds for student scholarships.  Students are eligible to apply for the foundation’s general scholarships, and others who fit certain criteria can apply for a variety of program-specific scholarships. Scholarship recipients in various career education programs may use their awards, which range from $150-$3,500 per student, to help pay for tuition, books, supplies and child care expenses at the college.

Tickets to Bates Sizzles are $50. Call 253.680.7160 or visit www.bates.ctc.edu/Sizzles to reserve your tickets, pre-bid on certain items, and learn more about the event.

Clover Park High School art students to be recognized for mural

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Nearly a dozen Clover Park High School (CPHS) art students will be honored Thursday, April 24 by members of the U.S. Army’s 513th Transportation Company for designing and painting a mural in the company’s boardroom. The mural shows scenes of the company’s history. Company representatives will present students with special coins and certificates.

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Eight CPSD schools honored with Washington Achievement Awards

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Eight Clover Park School District (CPSD) schools have won Washington Achievement Awards, the state’s highest honor. Schools were recognized as top performers in one of six categories: Overall Excellence; High Progress; Reading Growth; Math Growth; Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only); and English Language Acquisition.

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Pierce College honors former students in Distinguished Alumni event

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LAKEWOOD – In honor of their personal and professional achievements, four Pierce College alumni will be recognized April 17 during the annual Distinguished Alumni celebration. Nominees are selected based on their achievements in academics, business, community or humanitarian support or personal triumph over adversity. This year’s honorees provide inspirational examples of the impact Pierce College has had on its students as well as the greater community.

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Family Math Backpack program helps students learn math concepts

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A kindergarten through fifth-grade “Family Math Backpack” program was started recently at Custer Elementary School to help students learn difficult math concepts. Custer staff developed grade-level materials targeting particularly challenging Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for math.

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TCC Job Fair Coming Soon

Tacoma Community College hosts its annual job fair on Thursday, April 17, 10am-2pm in the campus gymnasium (Building 20). The event offers resume workshops, job openings, and access to more than 50 employers from the Tacoma and Seattle area. The job fair is a great opportunity to learn about available jobs and network. The event is free and open to the public. Come and see who’s hiring and what these companies are looking for. Information about the job fair. List of participating employers.