Monday, January 9, 2012

Spring/Summer Class Schedule is now online

While our Spring/Summer Class Schedule won't hit mailboxes until later this week, you can still go online and check out what Bates has in store over the next two quarters.

The schedule is packed with important class details and registration information. But you can also read how Bates has inspired and challenged our students. Learn about our "cover student" Aeriele Johnson, Legal Assistant graduate, on page 5; international students in the Dental Lab Technician program on pages 6-7; and Carpentry student Desirae Hobbs on page 16.

You can also find out about important college events, like the annual Bates Sizzles fundraiser, the much-anticipated Brain Series, and the yearly Open House.

Click on to see how Bates can inspire, challenge and educate you!

Bates commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with celebration and march to Tacoma Dome

Bates will highlight service, leadership and responsibility at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The event will be held Friday, Jan. 13, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the college’s Downtown Campus Auditorium, 1101 S. Yakima Avenue in Tacoma.

Truck Driving instructor Bob Gunter has graciously offered to drive the shuttle from South and Mohler Campuses to the Downtown Campus for the celebration. Check out the shuttle schedule below.

The celebration will feature community advocates who will share what service and community means to them. Speakers include Tacoma City Council member Victoria Woodards; community organizer and an executive at United Parcel Service Frank Boykin; and Executive Director of The Evergreen State College, Tacoma campus, Dr. Artee Young, who will provide the keynote address.

A tradition for the college and as part of the celebration, Bates students, staff and members of the community will march to the Tacoma Dome on Monday, Jan. 16 from the Downtown Campus on 11th Street and Yakima Avenue to the Dome to attend the City of Tacoma’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

The march begins with refreshments at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Participants will begin marching at 9:30 a.m., in time to reach the Dome for the community celebration at 11 a.m. A shuttle will be available to return marchers to the Downtown Campus after the celebration.

For more information about the celebration and the march, please call LeMont Lucas, diversity/ASG assistant, at 253.680.7113, or visit

Shuttle schedule from South and Mohler Campuses to Downtown Campus:
11 a.m.- Departs Building E, across from Fire Service Training for Mohler Campus
11:20 a.m.- Arrives Mohler Campus
Departs from in front of Mohler Campus for Downtown Campus
11:30 a.m.- Arrives at Downtown Campus
12:30 p.m.- Departs Downtown Campus for Mohler and South Campuses

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Bates holds Enrollment Fair for prospective students

If your New Year’s resolution includes landing the job of your dreams, Bates Technical College can help you acquire the education and skills you need to get there.

To help make it easy for prospective students to enroll, Bates will hold an Enrollment Fair, with 20-minute express information sessions, help with financial aid forms, and more on Thursday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Downtown Campus, 1101 S. Yakima Avenue in Tacoma.

In addition to the express information sessions, visitors will be able to register for classes; learn about a variety of topics, including financial aid and other funding resources, testing and assessment, high school options, General Education Development (GED); tour the Downtown Campus; meet with an academic advisor, and more.

This event is free and open to the public. To learn more, call 253.680.7215 or visit

Culinary Arts whips up Southern fare for MLK week

A remarkable man, Martin Luther King Jr. was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement, a minister, a champion for equality, a role model and a lover of food--Southern food, to be exact.

So next week, to help honor Dr. King, Bates' Culinary Arts maestros have cooked up an entire week of Southern fare.

MLK Week Menu
Chicken Entrée: Fried Chicken Thighs with All the Fixins ($5.50)
Pork Entrée: Mesquite Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Collard Greens and Black Eye Peas ($5.50)
Seafood Entrée: Gumbo with Dirty Rice ($5.50)
Comfort Food Entrée: Fried Gizzards with Collard Greens and Succotash ($4.50)

Monday: Navy Bean Soup
Tuesday: Sweet Potato Soup
Wednesday: Chicken and Dumpling
Thursday: Cajun Clam chowder
Friday: Closed

Don't forget to honor MLK's legacy at the annual college celebration on Friday, Jan.13, and join us for the March to the Tacoma Dome on Monday, Jan. 16. <<Read more here.>>