Monday, June 4, 2012

Bates Practical Nurse students hold blood drive


Blood Drive will be held
Wed., June 13, 9 am..-2 p.m.
at the Downtown Campus.

Second annual blood drive helps give nursing students experience—and helps the community

TACOMA, Wash. –More than 5 million people need blood in the U.S. each year, according to the American Red Cross. In an effort to help collect more of this life-saving fluid, Bates Technical College’s Practical Nurse program will host a blood drive on Wednesday, June 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Auditorium.

Working alongside Cascade Regional Blood Services employees, Practical Nurse students will help with check-in, provide directions, serve nourishments following blood collection, and more.

“This is an opportunity for students to participate in a very important and potentially life-saving community effort,” said Dianne Nauer, director of the Practical Nurse program. “Volunteering for community health outreach activities is very much a part of the nursing profession,” she added.

Nauer encourages those who wish to donate blood to call 253.680.7316 to sign up ahead of time. She notes that donors should be at least 18 years old, should consume a healthy breakfast, and be well-hydrated to give blood. Also, photo identification is required.

For more information, please call 253.680.7316 or email dnauer@bates.ctc.edu.

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 www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.


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Two Bates programs earn national accreditation

The Occupational Therapy Assistant
program has received ACOTE accreditation.
Commitment to high-quality educational standards fuel recent accreditations

TACOMA, Wash. – Two Bates Technical College career education programs have recently received national accreditation.

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) has granted the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program accreditation. The college began the application process for accreditation in 2010, which included an intense and rigorous self-study report and a three-day, on-site visit from ACOTE officials.

The ACOTE accreditation is required for all OTA educational programs, and makes it possible for graduates to sit for the national certification examination to become certified occupational therapy assistants. Bates’ inaugural OTA class is currently in their last quarter, which is a full-time clinical internship.

The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) has awarded accreditation to the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program following an in-depth self evaluation process, and a two-day, on-site evaluation. Bates’ program is the only such training program in the state to earn a PAHRA accreditation.

Bates' HVAC program is the only
PAHRA-accredited program in the state.
“Earning accreditation for these two programs is an important endorsement of the high quality education our students receive at Bates Technical College,” said Vice President of Instruction Cheri Loiland. “These accreditations guarantee that our instruction, curriculum, faculty and facilities meet or exceed industry standards, which helps demonstrate that our graduates are ready to fill the increasing need for skilled workers in these fields,” she said.

Both accreditations are valid for five years. For more information about the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant, visit www.bates.ctc.edu/OTA, and for the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician program, visit www.bates.ctc.edu/HVAC, or call 253.680.7002.

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 www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.


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