Monday, April 19, 2010

The Open House is here!

What can colors tell you about possible career choices? Find out at this year's Open House, Tuesday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at South Campus.

The online personality-based test, just one of the activities available at the Open House, can help you explore a career direction or learn more about what your favorite colors may say about you.

The annual event showcases Bates’ career education programs and provides high school and adult students with information about programs and services that may assist them as they choose a career training path.

Participants can explore Bates’ career pathways and programs, tour the campus, talk with financial aid experts, learn about scholarships and grants, worker retraining, Running Start and Technical High School and more during the Open House.

From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Open House attendees can listen to local band, Legacy, and enjoy lunch for just $1.50 in the courtyard.

For more information, call x7213 or visit

Sizzle with the Foundation this Thursday!

Start with students, stir in a healthy dose of financial need, add the Bates Foundation and a dash of fundraising. Heat until warm—and that’s Bates Sizzles!

The annual Bates Foundation event raises scholarship funds for students and college mini-grants, Thursday, April 22, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Pacific Grill Events Center, 1530 Pacific Ave., in Tacoma.

Chef Gordon Naccarato will showcase Pacific Grill’s mouthwatering appetizers, including cheeseburger sliders, “meat candy,” and an elegant signature cocktail.

The event also features hot auction items like the Apple iPad, an all-inclusive getaway to Cancun, lunch with Mayor Marilyn Strickland, a hand-made kitchen island with a granite countertop crafted by an Architectural Woodworking/Cabinet Making Technology student, an entire room devoted to all things wine, and many more tantalizing items. Local jazz guitarist Michael Powers will perform.

Funds raised at Bates Sizzles assist Bates’ students and programs with scholarships, mini-grants and more. During the 2000-2010 academic year, the foundation has awarded $63,600 in scholarships to more than 180 Bates students. Last year, Bates Sizzles raised about $44,000 to support this effort.

Especially during today’s economic downturn, scholarships play a vital role in a student’s educational pathway. At Bates, all students are eligible to apply for the foundation’s general scholarships, and others who fit certain criteria can apply for a variety of program-specific scholarships.

Recipients in various career education programs may use the scholarships, which range from $150-$1,000 per student, to help pay for tuition, books, supplies and child care expenses at the college.

Tickets to Bates Sizzles are $60 each or two for $100. Call 253.680.7060 or visit to reserve your tickets.

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You're invited to this year's Brain Series

Ever wonder why we don’t pay attention to boring things? How exercise impacts our ability to perform? Or why naps are important?

Dr. John Medina, developmental molecular biologist and professor at the University of Washington and Seattle Pacific University, will address these subjects and more at Bates' free Brain Series event, Tuesday, April 27, 7-9 p.m. at the South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St.

Through his unique and entertaining presentation style, Medina, author of the 2008 New York Times bestseller, Brain Rules: 12 principles for surviving and thriving at work, home, and school, will explore the brain’s mysteries and offer expert insight and research on how we approach education for all ages.

The annual Brain Series, a Home and Family Life event, provides two hours of free training and coincides with the Month of the Young Child, a child advocacy month aimed at bringing attention to the needs of young children and their families.

The Pierce County Public Library System, Kaplan Early Learning Company, Bates Technical College Foundation, KBTC Public Television, the Tacoma-Pierce County Child Care Resource & Referral, and the Pierce County Association for the Education of Young Children sponsor this event.

Special thanks to KBTC for creating this public service announcement!

South Campus cafeteria introduces Paris theme this month

Instructors, please share with your students.

Oui Oui! South Campus Chef Michael Clark and his students will feature delicious French fare every Thursday for the remainder of April.

This Thursday, the cafeteria will offer eggs florentine for breakfast. Lunch options will include chicken consommé with quenelles for soup, marinated green beans and Belgian endive with lettuce chiffonade artichokes and mushrooms a la grecque for a refreshing and healthy salad.

Enjoy beef filet with sauce choron and demi glaze, pomme paille garni for the main entrée, and pair it with turnips gratinee and roasted kale. The blue plate special will be seafood salpicon voulavent, the working man special will feature beef bourguignon, and the deli sandwich will be saucisson on a baguette with gruyere.

And save room for dessert: crème brule or a fresh berry tartlet!

Bon appétit!

Revised long distance phone dialing instructions

Beginning May 1 how you access long distance phone connection for area codes 206, 360 and 425 at Bates will change. From that date forward, employees can no longer dial area codes 206, 360 and 425 for college business calls without using your scan code.

Additionally, you will need to use your assigned scan code for some areas within the 253 area code including Kent, Des Moines and Federal Way. The phone system will prompt you for the code when it's necessary.

You must use your college-issued scan code to dial any long distance phone number. Example: 8 + area code + 7 digit + scan code

Questions? Contact IT, x7070.

Library Corner

Thinking about exams? A couple of library databases have useful tools to help prepare students for a variety of tests. Check out the following databases that instructors and students might be interested in.

WOIS has a few assessments available to help discover interests and ideal career paths as well as a module called StudentEdge that contains practice tests and tutorials for several exams (e.g. SAT, ACT, US Citizenship, Firefighter, etc.).

SkillsTutor enables registered users to refresh core academic skills in reading, writing, math, language arts, algebra and science.

Contact the library to get help using these and other databases or researching exams that instructors and students encounter.

Student Outreach & Recruitment Events

If you're interested in promoting your program at one of these events, please contact Billie Jo Wood, x7213.

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Tuesday, April 20, Bates' Annual Open House, South Campus
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday, April 22, Clover Park High School Educational Shadow,
Bates, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Saturday, April 24, College Bound event, Port Angeles
1-4 p.m.