Facts & Figures

Year Founded:


Bates offers a variety of certificates and degrees, including Associate in Applied Science degrees, professional certificates, certificates of training and competency, and Associate in Applied Science-Transferable degrees.

Highest Enrolled Programs

Our Students

Total Headcount (all sources): 10,545

Gender: 52% female, 48% male

Median Age: 32.1


Asian/Pacific Islander
African American
Native American
Other, Multiracial

Family and Finances

Students receiving need-based financial aid (2011-12): 39.3%
Students who work:
Students with Children
: 54%

Employment Rate (2009-2010): 72%
(within 9 months of professional-technical program completion)


Tacoma is Washington state's third largest city with a population approximately 200,000.
Bates operates on three urban campuses, with over 600,000 square feet of classrooms, shops, meeting rooms, and offices.

Points of Interest

Skills for Success: Workforce Education

In 2015, Bates celebrates 75 years of providing relevant, hands-on workforce training.  In response to emerging industries and demand for skilled workers, Bates added new educational pathways to its diverse list of program offerings including accounting, aerospace, STEM, online education and a new mobile food truck program. Bates also adopted three college wide learning outcomes which reflect the guiding expectation that all graduates demonstrate competence in human diversity, effective communication and critical thinking.  

Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing

Bates' student capacity in Welding and Machining programs increased to better support local aerospace and manufacturing employers. Support from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and the Governor's Aerospace Pipeline Committee made it possible to offer additional swing-shift programs, begin pursuing National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation, and acquire needed equipment. An agreement with Boeing establishes Bates as the pre-employment testing facility for new welders at the aerospace giant. These enhancements enable the college to forge stronger ties with the more than 1,350 aerospace-related companies in our region that employ more than 132,500 highly-skilled aerospace and manufacturing workers.  

Setting a Preferred Future

Bates will open its Advanced Technology Center in 2015. Located in the heart of Central Tacoma, the building will be an epicenter for communications, engineering, IT, and digital media programs.  Bates is in the queue for a capital project for a 70,000 sq. ft. Health Science Center which would open in 2019. This center will provide innovative training space for Medical Mile Allied Health programs, including four new programs.  The facility will include state of the art simulation labs, skills labs and STEM related training spaces, and will be a magnet for partnerships with local businesses, major health care providers and other education institutions in our local region.