Life at Bates
About the College
Celebrating more than 70 years in the Tacoma community, Bates is an innovator. Our mission is to inspire, challenge and educate. With Bates as your educational partner, you can reinvent yourself.
Bates Technical College annually serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members on three campuses in programs including Continuing Education, Child Studies, High School, General Education and Basic Studies, Business & Management Training Center and others.
We are also proud that ELS Language Centers operates at our Downtown Campus.
Tacoma is a city of 200,000 population (third largest city in the state) located in northwest Washington state - just 30 minutes from Seattle and the capital city, Olympia.
The weather in Tacoma is moderate year-round. Winters are cool and rainy but summers are mild and dry. Temperatures range from 10-25 degrees Celsius year round.
Surrounded by beautiful mountains and the shores of Puget Sound, Tacoma offers abundant opportunities to partake in skiing, kayaking, whale watching, hiking, and much more. For a more cultured experience, visitors and residents alike visit the array of local art galleries, museums, and theatres. Tacoma is home to the Museum of Glass, the Tacoma Art Museum.
You can take advantage of the great outdoors in beautiful parks, including the Point Defiance Park and Zoo. Or take in a baseball game at the newly remodeled Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers.
A sense of unlimited possibility for success permeates Tacoma and inspires growth and life long learning. You can become part of it all at Bates Technical College.
Student Life at Bates
The college boasts an active Associated Student Government and Diversity Center that plans a multitude of fun and cultural activities throughout the year. You can also take advantage of the many on-campus amenities, including a cafeteria operated by our culinary arts students at our Downtown Campus, and campus stores located at two campus locations.
Our staff are also ready to help you, whether you want to do some research in the Library, get academic help at the Tutoring Center, and more. Be sure to visit our Student Resources page to learn more about all of the offices here to serve you.
Our students are very diverse and come from all backgrounds of life and culture. On campus, students dress informally or wear the uniform that is required of their career training program. Skirts, jeans, casual pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters are all items of clothing you may wish to bring. You will also want to bring comfortable walking shoes to explore our city on foot.