ELS center coming to Bates campus this fall

Tuesday, August 21

English language school will bring international students to Pierce County, boost economy

TACOMA, Wash. - ELS Educational Services, the largest network of campus-based English language education institutions in the world, will open a center at Bates Technical College's Downtown Campus on Sept. 17, 2012.

The second institution to open in Washington state, and the only one worldwide to be hosted on a technical college campus, ELS Language Centers has the potential to attract hundreds of international students to the Tacoma area, according to Tamarra Jeu-Harris, district director for ELS Language Centers.

"ELS Educational Services and Bates Technical College have come together in partnership to expand language training to our international community, both to those here in Pierce County and to potential students located in countries abroad," said Dr. Ron Langrell, president of Bates Technical College.

Langrell believes this cooperation could provide a local economic boost. "Studying English as their second language in a work-based learning environment provides numerous advantages to local and visiting students, area employers, and to our culturally rich region," said Langrell. "Language learners will have the added ability to continue their study in high-demand associate degree or certificate programs at Bates," he said.

ELS students are conditionally enrolled in the college's career education programs, and will have access to college food services, child care center and libraries. The students will also have an option of living in apartment-style dormitories at the Court 17 Apartments on Market Street in downtown Tacoma, or live with a host family.

To learn more about the ELS center at Bates, visit www.ELS.edu/Tacoma

About ELS Educational Services

ELS Educational Services has more than 60 study locations across the U.S., Canada and Australia, with 50 of them located on university campuses. The organization offers 12 levels of English instruction and is the largest recruiter of international students for U.S. and Canadian colleges, universities and postgraduate programs. ELS Educational Services is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training, an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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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