Aerospace grant funds short-term CNC Operator program at Bates

Tuesday, November 22

Governor's Investment in Aerospace grant provides opportunity for quick training

Tacoma, Wash. -Those interested in a career in manufacturing and aerospace now have another opportunity for training. Armed with $91,229 from the Governor's Investment in Aerospace grant, Bates Technical College now offers a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator course that prepares students for entry-level employment in the state's booming manufacturing and aerospace industries.

"The goal of this program is to provide short-term training that will lead to entry-level employment in the manufacturing and aerospace industries," said Lynn Strickland, Bates' Dean of Instruction.

"Graduates also receive a stackable educational career path, where they can earn more certificates and degrees through the machinist or apprenticeship program at the college, on a part-time or full-time basis," she said.

Bates has also partnered with Workforce Central to provide full tuition funding for 15 students who are unemployed or who want to obtain a new set of skills for entry-level employment in the manufacturing and aerospace industries.

The two-quarter CNC Operator course begins winter quarter, Nov. 28, and there are still slots available. For more information, call Career Advisor LeaEllen Maass at 253.680.7007.

About Bates Technical College

Celebrating more than 70 years, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.

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