Congressman Kilmer to visit Bates Technical College, tour programs

Friday, May 10

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2013
Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | 253.680.7106
Kimberly Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.459.5219   

Congressman Kilmer to visit Bates Technical College, tour programs  

TACOMA, Wash. - Rep. Derek Kilmer will make his first official visit as a Congressman to a public technical or community college on Monday, May 13 at Bates Technical College. Kilmer will visit the Downtown Campus, where he will take part in a discussion with students, tour select high-demand programs, and participate in a roundtable lunch discussion with college stakeholders.  

The visit will begin at 11 a.m. in the Diversity Center, where Kilmer will hold a candid discussion about the potential of rising student loan interest rates. Kilmer, who sponsored a bill last month to prevent student loan rates from doubling, said on a Facebook post that "student loans are the key to the door of higher education. In a time of ever-rising college costs and challenging job markets, now is not the time to double their interest loan rates."

Following the half-hour student discussion, Kilmer, President Dr. Ron Langrell and college representatives will tour the Occupational Therapy Assistant, Dental Assisting and Machinist programs, all high-demand, booming occupations that help fuel Washington state's economy.

The visit will conclude with a lunch prepared and served by the college's Culinary Arts program.

Media are welcome to attend. Please RSVP with Kym Pleger,, 253.680.7102 or Chelsea Lindquist,, 253.680.7106.

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, 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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