Bates tops at providing help to get people jobs

Bates Technical College has received state grant funding totaling $1,754,409 in the 2004-05 fiscal year.

Of that total, $156,098 was the result of accountable performance by the college’s Job Readiness Training Center (JRTC).

Bates Technical College has served more WorkFirst students than any other single college in the state.

More importantly, Bates has also put those students to work in a variety of jobs.

To reward this accomplishment, each year the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges awards special funding to colleges based on how many WorkFirst students were enrolled the previous year, and how many were placed in jobs 90 days after completing training.

Last year, Bates enrolled 315 WorkFirst students in customized job skills training programs.

Currently 50 percent of those trained are still employed.

They are working in retail occupations, as woodworkers, truck drivers, clerical and medical office support staff, forklift operators, hazardous materials handlers, traffic flaggers, and others.

The JRTC works with the Department of Social and Health Services and other organizations to provide free training, job search, job placement, and work experience opportunities for people required to search for work prior to training (short-term pre-employment training) through the Welfare Reform act.

High wage-high demand training
Funding is also available through the Job Readiness Training Center for high wage – high demand occupations such as information technology or health-related careers such as dental assisting and practical nursing.
Eligible WorkFirst participants may qualify for one year of full-time training in these fields.

WorkFirst helps families become self-sufficient by providing experience, training, and support services needed to get a job, to keep a job, and to move up a career ladder.

For more information, and to find out if you qualify for training, call 253/680-7286.

About Bates
Bates is the state’s largest technical college, serving some 5,600 full-time students in guaranteed career training programs that include college-level academics, continuing education, business and management training, home and family life programs, and apprenticeship training.
The college offers 45 associate of technology degrees and provides job training for nearly 350 areas.

The $32 million combined operating and capital budget is comprised of state, federal and grant funds.

For more information call 253/680-7000, or visit

Board of Trustees name finalists for president
The Board of Trustees at Bates Technical College announced today their four finalists for the position of college President. Four highly qualified, experienced educational professionals will be at the downtown Tacoma campus, 1101 South Yakima, for their public forums and interviews on these days:

– Sept. 27: Dr. Norman Oglesby; president, Tri-County Community College; Murphy, N.C.

– Sept. 29: Dr. Alex Capdeville; chancellor, Montana State University; Northern Havre, Mont.

– Sept. 30: Dr. David Borofsky; vice president of Instruction, Student Services and Administrative Services; Colorado Mountain College; Glenwood Spring, Colo.

– Oct. 1: Dr. John Hurley; vice president for administrative services; South Puget Sound Community College

The Board of Trustees received candidate recommendations from the 30-member Presidential Search Advisory Committee, comprised of community leaders, students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Don Hunter was retained by the board as a search consultant, with onsite assistance from Interim President Dr. Burnie Horton and Human Resources Vice President Donna Haley.