Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Puyallup church donates to local low-income families at Bates ECEAP site

The Puyallup church
gave each child
their own quilt.
Bates’ ECEAP preschool receives snack bags, quilts and more from church members

TACOMA, Wash. – Current economic conditions have been tough on families—especially those most vulnerable in our community. This year, members of the First Presbyterian Church of Puyallup have taken steps to help some of Puyallup’s low-income families. 

Seventy-two families in Puyallup’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), which has been housed at the church for 27 years, have received more than 1,000 bags of healthy snacks every other week from parishioners since the beginning of this year. 

“The church family considers ECEAP to be their community outreach project, and they take such good care of us,” said Catherine Aitkins, the site’s family support specialist. “The ‘Brown Bag Mission’ ensures our preschoolers have nutritious snacks to eat on the days they are not in school.” Additionally, the church sponsors several families and provides them with gifts and meals during the holiday season.

But the generosity of the church doesn’t end there. At the end-of-the-year event next week, each student will receive a hand-made quilt to take home. 

“The church wanted each child to have their own special blankets to keep them warm, since many of our children do not have blankets. Several have even used garbage bags instead of coats,” said Aitkins. “These quilts are individually made with love and care. No two are the same,” she said.

Aitkins said the church has been instrumental in the program’s success. “The church takes care of us every day, but the quilts are so special and far above anything we have ever experienced, we are thankful to the church and its members,” she said.

ECEAP is a state-funded preschool for low-income families that fall below 110 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Bates Technical College operates four ECEAP sites in Pierce County, including this Puyallup ECEAP location.

For more information about the college’s ECEAP program, go to, or call 253.680.7500.

About Bates Technical College
Celebrating more than 70 years of providing educational opportunities, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree options in more than 50 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, go to, or call 253.680.7000. 


Open House attracted more than 400 potential students

More than 420 potential students took the first step towards success at Bates' annual Open House on Thursday, April 19.

"We had a great turnout and are looking forward to building on the relationships we made with potential students, career counselors and community agencies," said Outreach and Recruitment Manager Patricia Chase. 

Below are just a few comments Chase has received about the event:

  • “Your South Campus is another excellent example of the progress you have made in responding to students’ needs. Thanks for conducting the open house; I am sure it will open more doors for many.” Career Counselor, Chehalis School District
  • “Bates' programs provide students with a great option for success in careers [that are] in demand and [have] a good future. Thanks for showing your campus, resources, and for giving us the opportunity to see it firsthand.” Thurston CTC program Coordinator.
  • “Thank you for making it fun!” Student, Quilcene School District
  • “Nice talking to the Nursing Program in person” Student, Bremerton School District

The Outreach & Recruitment Department would like to extend special thanks to:

  • Fire Service students for working so hard to provide campus tours.
  • Culinary Arts students for preparing the delicious lunch 
  • Commercial Truck Driving-Entry Level for providing bus transportation
  • And to all the student and staff volunteers, and our faculty, for taking the time to participate and help to make this event a success.

Scholastic Book Fair was a success because of you!

Thanks to South Campus for your hospitality and all Bates staff and students for supporting our sixth annual Scholastic Customer Appreciation Sale last month. 

Our Marketing and Business Management students organized and managed the scholarship fundraising project, and they gained experience in project management, event planning, marketing, and collaboration. 

Guests purchased great Scholastic products at unbeatable prices. Event sponsors included Scholastic Book Fairs, The News Tribune, Office Depot, Office Max, Round Table Pizza, and Theresa Dilworth of Intimate Catering.

Special thanks to staff members in Facilities and Operations: Teresa Ciolkosz, An Dang, Anatoliy Kotilevskiy, Vasiliy Shkarin, and Donovan Holter, Hiep Tran, Sergey Frankov, and Andrey Dostan. We also appreciated the presence of Campus Public Safety officers Jaime Dawson and Chuck Mathews. 

With Home and Family Life's annual Brain Series and campus construction projects occurring on the same days as the book sale, everyone worked extremely well together. Finally, thanks to Jennifer Suggs (AFLAC) for finalizing project details with students. 

It’s great working with true professionals. Thanks to each of you! 

-Kathy Brock, instructor
Marketing and Business Management