Monday, March 5, 2012

HR holds employee forum for presidential search

Karras Consultants, the presidential search firm, and Human Resources will hold a forum at South and Downtown Campuses to solicit input from employees.

The forums will describe the search process, and it is your opportunity to provide valuable input on what attributes, characteristics and qualities you want to see in the next leader of Bates Technical College.

The forums will be held Thursday, March 8, at the following times and locations:
  • South Campus, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Building E, Multi-Media Room
  • Downtown Campus, 3-4 p.m., Clyde Hupp Board Room
If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources.

Workshop focuses on financial security for women

At first glance, it may be difficult to believe that women's financial needs are all that different from men's. However, women face unique challenges that translate to different financial needs.

"Women's Guide to Financial Security in a Financially Un-Secure World" is an eye-opening, fun, life changing workshop that will explore the special considerations that all women need to make for their own financial well-being.

Among the issues to be considered:

• Women live longer than men (approximately 7 years), so they need to save 20 percent more for retirement.
• On average, women earn 25 percent less than men.
• Over 40 percent of older women (but only about 30 percent of older men) depend on Social Security for more than 90 percent of their income.

The presenter is Glenn Leach, senior mortgage banker at Cobalt Mortgage in Puyallup. Leach has spoken widely about issues of financial planning. The workshop is hosted by Pierce County Community Connections Aging and Disability Resources.

"Women's Guide to Financial Security" will be repeated three times:

• March 26 - Pierce County Annex; 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., 2401 35th Street, Tacoma - Main Conference Room
• March 28 - County-City Building; 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., 930 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma - 7th Floor Rainier Conference Room
• March 28 - Puyallup Library; 7 to 8 p.m., 324 South Meridian, Puyallup

The workshop is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. For more information contact the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253.798.4600 or 800.562.0332.

Employee Appreciation Social and Raffle

To let you know you are appreciated, your Bates Activities and Recreation Committee (BARC) will host an Employee Appreciation Social! During the social, BARC will raffle off several prizes, with all proceeds going right back to you via your BARC. 

Prizes include, but are not limited to:  framed, original photographs; car wash kits; Sonicare toothbrush; hand-carved pens; homegrown, organic vegetables; gift cards, and more!

Raffle tickets are on sale now for only $1 each from any BARC representative!

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Two students named to All-Washington Academic Team

Legal Assistant student
Shannara Phillips
Bates students Shannara Phillips and Dayna Willingham were selected as members of this year’s All-Washington Academic Team for their academic achievement and community service.

Phillips and Willingham are both enrolled in the Legal Assistant program, and share a common vision: to become lawyers and help disadvantaged children and youth.

Phillips, a mother of three, said becoming an attorney is her childhood dream. The dream includes starting a law firm, performing pro bono work for juveniles who need help, and becoming involved in local politics. The Puyallup native is also the first in her family to earn a college degree.

Willingham enrolled in the Legal Assistant program to secure a better future for her family. The Tacoma mother of two is also passionate about helping children. While at Bates, she helped coordinate donations to Toys for Tots, and she explored the effects of bullying in schools as an assignment for an English class. Because of her passion for kids, as a lawyer, she hopes to be an advocate for children.

Legal Assistant student
Dayna Willingham
The two students currently intern at local law firms, and will continue their education at The Evergreen State College upon graduation this year.

As members of the All-Washington Academic Team, both Phillips and Willingham will receive a $250 scholarship sponsored by KeyBank, and will have the opportunity to receive other scholarship awards.  In addition, nearly every Washington state public and private four-year college offers scholarships to All-Washington team members.

Phillips, Willingham and other top scholars from the state’s 34 community and technical colleges will be presented with their medallions at noon on March 22 at a ceremony held at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Wash.

About Bates Technical College
Celebrating more than 70 years, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 53 career education programs and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information about the state’s largest public technical college, go to, or call 253.680.7000.
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