Bates Technical College showcases programs, campus at open house

Curious about Bates Technical College’s programs? You’re invited to explore at the college’s Open House on Thursday, May 5, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St., in Tacoma. The Open House features an information fair with representatives from student services, financial aid, Technical High School, and the testing center, along with various faculty, who will share program information.
During the event, attendees can take a campus tour as well as participate in interactive activities with several career education programs, like Fire Service, Welding, and aerospace programs. Those who wish to transfer into four-year institutions will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from University of Washington Tacoma, City University, and more. The college’s student-run food truck, Curbside Urban Cuisine, will be open for business during lunch time. For more information about this free event and to register, call 253.680.7302 or visit

About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities at three campuses, with over 600,000 square feet of classrooms, shops, meeting rooms, and offices. Bates provides opportunities for instruction in approximately 50 associate degrees, 76 professional certificates, 12 associate of applied science-transferable and 18 apprenticeship programs. Bates serves about 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually thru extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. Pictured above is the college’s newest building, the Advanced Technology Center, located at the Central/Mohler campus on S. 19th in Tacoma. The ATC broke ground in March 2014 and had a ribbon-cutting ceremony in January 2016. The two-story, approximately 53,000-square-foot facility is the new home for programs covering Digital Media, Information Technology, and Engineering programs. It also includes an auditorium, meeting spaces, administrative support and educational spaces, a STEM classroom, a learning resource center, and student support services. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.

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