Friday, July 8, 2011

Foundation awards scholarship to WAVE winners

Five Bates students were awarded the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) last month and will also receive a $250 scholarship from the college's Foundation.

The winners are:
  • Paul Archer, Software Development
  • Elizabeth Brinkley, Dental Lab Technician
  • Louisa Clark, Biotechnology Lab Technician
  • Sarah Rhee, Hearing Instrument Technology
  • Hoa Trinh, Dental Laboratory Technician
In previous years, WAVE winners received scholarships that pay for up to two years of higher education. This year, because of the down economy, the students received an award letter and a signed certificate from the Governor. The Bates Foundation decided to award the scholarship as a way to show support for the students.

"The Bates Foundation Board of Directors felt it was important to acknowledge and congratulate the WAVE winners," said Kimberly Pleger, director of college relations. "We hope this scholarship gives them a small boost of confidence and lets them know how proud the entire college is of their accomplishments.”

The WAVE program recognizes and awards students who excel in career and technical education. Colleges, universities and employers recognize award recipients as hard working, achievement-oriented leaders who exceed expectations in both school and outside the classroom. This award demonstrates they are among the best and brightest.

Meet our WAVE Award winners

Paul Archer
Paul Archer--Following a layoff from a security company, Paul decided to pursue an education in software development. "I searched online and found Bates' program. It was one of the only colleges in the area that offered exactly what I want," said Paul.

His advice for future students? "Don't give up. Persevere. The fact is that the course is hard work, but there's nothing that's impossible. [Instructors] Judy [Graham] and Dan [Achman] are some of the best teachers I've worked with. If you need help with anything, they're there."

Paul graduated spring quarter with an associate of technology degree and now works as a lab technician in Seattle for a firm specializing in UHF (ultra-high frequency) and RFID (radio-frequency identification) solutions. He hopes to earn a bachelor degree in either electronics or software.

Elizabeth Brinkley
Elizabeth Brinkley--A single mom with two kids, Elizabeth was laid off from her job working with a denturist in October 2009. She knew she eventually wanted to pursue a career as a dental lab technician or a denturist, so after spending some time searching for jobs, she thought this was the perfect time to pursue a degree in the field.

"I knew about Bates' program because it's the only school on the West Coast that offers the Dental Lab Technician program," said Elizabeth, who commutes more than 75 miles daily from Chimacum to school. Elizabeth is on target to graduate summer 2012.

Louisa Clark
Louisa Clark--When Louisa learned she was pregnant last summer, she knew she needed to get a job quickly, but needed training. She decided to look for something in the science field. Her fascination with the discipline stems from a science lab project in the 5th grade, and she has since been interested with how things work in nature. Her goal was to choose a program whose credits can easily transfer to a four-year institution, and Bates' Biotechnology Lab Technician program fit the bill.

"My ultimate goal is to start an organization that focuses on general healthcare, integrating both Eastern and Western medicine to find a happy medium," said Louisa. "In the short term, I want to work in conservation, sustainability and environmental health, after I earn a degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College."

The Olympia native likes that her program at Bates is realistic and doesn't adhere to a rigid question and answer style. "It's all questions, and we find the answers," Louisa said. "It's personal accountability: you determine how well you do."

Sarah Rhee with instructor Marci Leong
Sarah Rhee--A California transplant, Sarah enrolled in Hearing Instrument Technology in September 2010. "A family member who works in the industry recommended I attend Bates' program," she said. "I made the big decision to move all the way here and I don't regret it. It's one of the best decisions I've made."

Sarah, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Art, likes that the program makes you think and prepares students well for real-world job skills right away. "I learned not just from my instructor Marci Leong, but from my peers," she said. "In five years, my hope is to build enough experience in the field as a hearing aid specialist to start my own business," said Sarah, whose internship with Miracle Ear translated into a job after she completed the program in July.

Hoa Trinh
Hoa Trinh--As a former test technician for Hewlitt-Packard, Hoa knew that industry was being outsourced. "I always knew I was technologically inclined, so I decided to change industries," she said.

At the recommendation of her boyfriend's father, a denturist, she enrolled in the Dental Lab Technician program. "The instructors are really helpful, and I've learned a lot. I really enjoy my experience here," said Hoa, who moved to Tacoma from Vancouver, Wash. to attend college. She is on track to graduate this year.

Congratulations to our WAVE winners!

Judging the Taste

Ben McLean, Culinary Arts student,
helped judge 33 restaurants at this year's
Taste of Tacoma.
Cajun blackened salmon fillet sandwich. Hawaiian fried noodles with pineapple. Fresh tofu spring rolls. These were just a few of the bites that Culinary Arts student Ben McLean judged at last month's Taste of Tacoma.

Ben participated as one of four judges at this year's Taste at the invitation of the Culinary Arts Promotion Association (CAPA), an non-profit organization that contributes a culinary arts scholarship through the Bates Foundation.

"The organizers gave me an apron, a hat and my own fork, and I tasted the food at each of the 33 restaurants," says Ben, whose favorite food hailed from Samurai's Japanese Steakhouse in Spanaway.

"I judged in three categories: Best Entree, Best 'Just a Bite', and Best Dessert," he says. "It really gave me a chance to see the diversity of the industry. There were restaurants featuring everything from Cajun and Mexican food to Asian and Southern food. It was inspiring to see the variety of bites, and restaurants trying to carve out their niche in the industry," says Ben, a CAPA scholarship recipient.

Ben's long-term goal is to work for a family as a chef. He is on target to finish his Culinary Arts studies at the end of July and will then concentrate on academics for the next quarter.

Way to go, Ben! I'm sure it was a tough job, but someone had to do it!

Bates adds additional ECEAP slots

The Department of Early Learning has granted Bates' Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP) an additional 18 slots at the South Campus location.

"Bates' Early Childhood Learning Center staff is eager to expand their community connections at South Campus with an additional class of children for ECEAP," said Wendy Newby, ECEAP and Childcare Director.

"Bates has four locations for ECEAP. As we are doing our summer enrollments and setting goals with families throughout the year, we would be pleased to share specific program and career information with the families," she said.

ECEAP, a free preschool program for qualified children ages three to five, helps to ensure all Washington children enter kindergarten ready to succeed. The program includes early learning preschool, family support and parent involvement, and child health coordination and nutrition.

For more information about Bates' ECEAP sites, please contact Wendy Newby.

Retirement depends on good planning

Finally, a free workshop on retirement planning for “normal” people without six-figure incomes! A down economy, rising health care costs and a tenuous job market make many working people wonder if retirement will ever be in their future. It can be, but it takes planning.

“Smart Retirement Made Simple” will help working adults understand how to prepare for retirement before it’s too late as well as how to prepare in the later years of one’s working life. The presentation will deal with what retirement looks like, working after retirement, barriers to retirement and making end-of-career corrections. Learn what life will look like for the new generation of retirees.

“Smart Retirement Made Simple” will be presented at three different locations:

• July 18―Pierce County Annex Main Conference Room, 2401 35th St., Tacoma, 12:10-12:50 p.m.
• July 18―Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian Ave., Puyallup, 7-8 p.m.
• July 20―County City Building, 7th Floor Conference Room, 930 Tacoma Ave., Tacoma, 12:10-12:50 p.m.

The workshop speaker will be attorney Rajiv Nagaich, a board member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and partner at Johnson and Nagaich PS, a holistic elder law firm that helps families plan for, pay for and coordinate the long-term care of elderly loved ones.

“Smart Retirement Made Simple” is a free and impartial workshop without the hype, the guilt trip, or the sales pitch. No RSVP is required. The event is a presentation of the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center. For more information, please call the ADRC at 253.798.4600.

Reminder to keep items secure

Because of a rash of burglaries at the Downtown Campus, Campus Public Safety would like to remind everyone to keep personal belongings, especially purses, cell phones and laptops, in a secure place. If you leave your office, please lock your door.

If you see suspicious activity on or around any Bates campus, please call Campus Public Safety, x7111 immediately or, if appropriate, call 911. (Be aware that you must dial 9 to reach an outside line if you are on a campus phone.)

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Vickie Lackman, vice president for human resources and campus public safety, x7180.

South Campus Library announces new July hours

The South Campus Library will operate on a temporary schedule during the month of July:

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Thanks for your patience as the library adjust to new staffing levels. If you have any suggestions, please contact the library.