Grant helps increase capacity in high-demand aerospace program at Bates

Monday, January 7

For Immediate Release: Jan. 7, 2013


Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | 253.680.7106

Kimberly Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.377.6288   

Grant helps increase capacity in high-demand aerospace program at Bates Increased capacity provides an opportunity to fill demand in the workforce  

TACOMA, Wash. -Bates Technical College received $193,108 to fund a workforce special project through the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). The grant will expand the Industrial Electronics and Robotics Technician program at the college.  

SBCTC awarded grants to Washington community and technical colleges to help support and expand programs in either aerospace or high-demand workforce training programs. Bates received funding for two years and will use the money to purchase new equipment and hire a second instructor. The seven-quarter program will double its capacity from 18 to 36 students. Additionally, new students will be able to enroll each quarter, rather than biannually.  

The Industrial Electronics and Robotics Technician program offers in-depth career training for those interested in becoming an electronics technician in the manufacturing, scientific, aerospace, or civilian military fields.  

"The goal of this program is to provide training that will lead to entry-level employment in manufacturing and aerospace industries," said Cheri Loiland, Bates' vice president of instruction. "There is a need for skilled workers in this area, and this grant will help us fill the void."  

Students can enroll in the program for spring quarter on Feb. 6. For more information, call the Career Advising office at 253.680.7002 or visit  

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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.