Since 1940, Bates Technical College has been serving Veterans and their dependents. We provide you with information and assistance to help you succeed. Whether you are pursuing certification, preparing for a new career, or perfecting a skill, we are dedicated to providing the support and information to help our veterans transition to college. Thank you for considering us as your educational choice, and thank you for serving our country.
What makes Bates military friendly?
From the moment a veteran or a service member steps onto a college campus, they face a unique set of challenges and barriers that set them apart from other students. You may have family responsibilities, a different perspective on life than a traditional college student because of military-related experiences, or might be out of practice with your academic skills. Some also struggle with PTSD or other injuries. So, how can Bates help make the transition into higher education easier for America's heroes?
With about 900 veterans or military students taking courses at Bates, we remain committed to providing every opportunity to help make the transition from military life to civilian life easier. You have served our country. Learn how we can serve you.
Services and programs
- Veterans Center-Our Veterans Center is staffed at the Downtown Campus, Room M214. Funded through Americorps, the center helps veterans complete applications, explains benefits, and helps veterans search for the perfect program. Learn more about the services we offer here: www.bates.ctc.edu/Veterans.
- Dedicated program specialist-Karin Frans works in the Financial Aid Office at the Downtown Campus, Room M208, and is dedicated to serving special-funded students like those using G.I Bill funds. A self-proclaimed Air Force Brat, Frans feels a kinship with veterans. "I want to help them as much as I can, and I want to help them succeed," says Frans. "I encourage students to proceed with enrollment one step at a time, and ask for help if you need it. I'm here to help you with the enrollment process."
- Childcare Center-Open to students and employees, our childcare center offers affordable care for children ages 1-5 years old, with drop-in care for school-age children. Since women veterans are often the primary caregiver for their children, it's important to have a convenient and affordable daycare option available.
- Disability Support Services-If you have a documented disability, our DSS can help. Whether you suffer from a physical or mental disability, DSS will address attitudinal or procedural barriers, or any need for academic adjustments or auxiliary aids or services.
- CNC Machinist-This popular program prepares graduates for employment in the booming manufacturing and machinist field. With special funding through WorkForce Central, veterans can get priority entry into this program.
Stop by the Veterans Assistance & Resource Center at the Downtown Campus, Room M306B, to find out how we can help.
Other services we can connect you with:
Counseling and Assistance
Free counseling and help is available to those who need it. Visit the sites below for more information.
- Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs PTSD Counseling Program, 1.800.562.2308, www.dva.wa.gov/ptsd_counseling.html
- Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP), www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1.800.273.TALK , www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Military One Source, www.militaryonesource.com
- Federal Occupational Health Employee Assistance Program, www.FOH4You.com
- Tacoma Veterans Readjustment Center, 253.565.7038, www.tacomavetcenter.com
Selected programs of study at Bates Technical College are approved by the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (WTECB/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, USC.