Facts & Figures
Year Founded: 1940
Bates offers 49 associate degrees, 65 professional certificates, 11 associate of applied science-transferable
in 49 programs of study.
Highest Enrolled Programs
- Practical Nurse
- Commercial Truck Driving - Entry Level
- Diesel & Heavy Equipment Mechanic
- Auto Body Rebuilding & Refinishing
Total Headcount (all sources): 10,545
Gender: 52% female, 48% male
Median Age: 32.1
Family and Finances
Students receiving need-based financial aid (2011-12): 39.3%
Students who work: 41%
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
Partnerships Meet Workforce Demand
Bates Technical College builds partnerships that help shape the workforce to meet high-demand industry needs. Bates works closely with Workforce Central to create opportunities to educate individuals in highdemand occupations in healthcare and aerospace manufacturing. In 2011, we created a new CNC Machinist program, with short-term certificate options designed to help dislocated workers and veterans enter the workforce quickly.
Valuing Diversity and Global Awareness
Bates is committed to its diversity initiatives and equal access efforts. In fall 2012, we launched several new partnerships and initiatives. ELS Educational Services, the largest network of campus-based English language education institutions in the world, opened a center at Bates. The opening of the facility on Bates' Downtown Campus is the second to open in our state, and represents the first to open on a technical college campus, providing an alternative for international students to learn in an environment focused on technical education.
Bates is flexible and creative, providing education that is relevant and current. We have increased our offerings in the allied health profession, including a new, nationally accredited Occupational Therapy Assistant program, and courses that help students enter the nursing profession, such as nursing prerequisites and Nursing Assistant Certified. In another high-demand industry, our truck driving program is one of the most affordable programs in the state, and is also the only school in the state certified by the Professional Truck Driver Institute, a national advocate of training standards, professionalism and safety.