Learn how to raise courageous citizens at Bates’ annual Brain Series

Monday, April 22

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2013
Chelsea Lindquist | Communications Specialist | 253.680.7106                                
Kym Pleger | Director of College Relations | Office: 253.680.7102 Cell: 253.459.5219   

Dr. Jody McVittie explores how brain science can provide tools to nurture children's growth and development  

TACOMA, Wash. -Raising courageous, respectful and responsible children can be tough if you're not equipped with the right tools. At Bates Technical College's Brain Series, learn how to use brain science to infuse these qualities and more in your children.  

The free annual event will be held on Thursday, April 25, 7-9 p.m. at the college's South Campus, 2201 S. 78th Street in Tacoma.  

Acclaimed speaker Dr. Jody McVittie will explore how brain science can provide parents and caregivers with new tools to raise courageous citizens, young adults who are resilient, responsible and respectful. Learn how your child's brain works, and find out how you can harness this knowledge to develop and enhance the way you parent. Listen as Dr. McVittie demystifies brain science and teaches us how children can grow up to become compassionate, connected and courageous youth.  

A family physician by trade, Dr. McVittie works with parents, schools and educators to teach how parents, caregivers and children can work together in relationships based on mutual respect.  

This year's Brain Series marks the 16th year Bates' Child Studies department has brought experts in the field of child development to Pierce County for a free two-hour seminar, open to the public.  

"Through this popular event, Bates provides our community with two free hours of current information on subjects related to raising children," said Child Studies instructor Lynn Faherty. "We raise the money to put on this event because it's a way to give back to the community while supporting quality education," she said.  

Past events have featured renowned molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, author of "Brain Rules," and Dr. Andrew Meltzoff, author of "Scientist in the Crib."  

The Pierce County Public Library System, KBTC Public Television, and the Pierce County Association for the Education of Young Children sponsor this free event.  

For more information, call 253.680.7500 or visit www. bates.ctc.edu/Family.   

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 www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.  

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