Wednesday, June 13, 2012

You're invited to a special celebration on June 21

The past year has been filled with milestones and accomplishments. Our employees are valued and the work that you have done this year is appreciated. Come join us at a special celebration on Thursday, June 21 from 2-3 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Courtyard. (On the small chance it is raining, we'll move the celebration to the auditorium.)

Technicalities: A newsletter for high school counselors


Navigating the waters of life-after-high-school can be challenging for juniors and seniors. To help students understand their options, our Outreach and Recruitment office has developed the Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Attend Bates Technical College. Read on to find out how we can help your high school student start on the path to career success.

Top Seven Reasons Why You Should Attend Bates Technical College:

1. Bates prepares you for careers!
Bates provides high quality educational programs that focus on the needs of our community. We emphasize workforce development with programs mirror the workplace. We have partnerships with business, industry and organizations like WorkSource that can help you land your first job!

2. Graduates can earn competitive wages.
Fact: The number of high-paying jobs that don't require a four-year degree is actually increasing. The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80 percent of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school, but only 20 percent of these jobs will require a four-year degree.

Fact: The U.S. Census Report finds 25 percent of four-year college graduates work in jobs that do not require a four-year degree. As a result, one and two-year career colleges and schools are widely recognized as the most direct--quickest, most efficient route to success in many fields.

Associate Degree: $40,588
Some College, No Degree: $37,135
High School Diploma: $31,539
Less Than HS Diploma: $25,039

Source: The U.S. Census 2009 and The U.S. Department of Labor

3. At Bates, you get more bang for your buck.
If you review the tuition comparisons below, it's no surprise that Bates is an affordable choice.

Tuition ComparisonBased on the 2010-11 academic year (fall, winter, spring quarter attendance), below are estimated tuition rates for full-time undergraduate Washington state resident students. (Room, board, transportation and other fees vary per student.)

tuition comparison
Educational InstitutionCost
Room, board, transportation and other living expenses will vary per student.
Community & technical colleges, public$ 3,135
Regional colleges and universities, public (WWU, CWU, EWU)$ 7,689
WSU Pullman$ 8,592
UW Seattle$ 8,701
Private four-year colleges and universities$35,000-54,000
Private vocational, career schools$20,750

You can review a partial list of Bates tuition and fees here:

4. You can get your education in two years or less!
Many of our students earn an associate of technology (AT) or applied science (AAS), which are two-year degrees. We also offer certificate and diploma program options that can provide you the education and training you need for your chosen career in just a few quarters. Check out our programs:

5. We've got options…for your career!
Bates offers 49 associate degrees, 65 professional certificates, 11 associate of applied science-transferable in 53 programs of study.

Not sure what field is best for you? We can help with that decision, too. Our Assessment Center offers career assessment testing that can help determine the best career path for you. Visit to learn more.

6. Great location!
We're conveniently located in Tacoma and Lakewood, with easy access to I-5 and bus routes. Learn more about Bates:

7. Our instructors have ‘real world' experience
We are a career-focused college that offers our students a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience with faculty that have logged countless years working in their industry prior to Bates employment. Our faculty bring a wealth of real-world career expertise to the classroom. Programs work closely with advisory boards that are comprised of businesses or organizations in that specific industry or profession, so that we can ensure our course offerings are relevant. Our curriculum is industry-driven, and our shops and classrooms are equipped with the latest technology to reflect what you'll find in the workplace. Learn more about our industry ties:

Give us a call. We can help.
If you have selected a training program, but you have some questions, please call the career advisor that corresponds with your chosen program.
Learn more. Attend our Open House and Enrollment Fair.

Technicalities is compiled by:
Bates' Outreach and Recruitment office. For more information, contact Patricia Chase, 253.680.7302.

KBTC's Full Focus presents A Beautiful Life: The Carol Decker Story

In June 2008, Enumclaw, Wash. resident Carol Decker was like any other expectant mother: full of anticipation, and eagerly awaiting the arrival of her second child. But in a matter of hours, a massive reaction to an infection had her fighting for her life.

Watch sepsis survivor
Carol Decker's inspiring story
on KBTC, June 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Sepsis, one of the least-recognized illnesses, attacks more than 258,000 Americans each year [source], and accounts for 17 percent of all hospital deaths [source].Carol's battle with this reaction resulted in the amputation of three limbs and blindness.

For four years, She has experienced intense pain, despair and frustration. On Monday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. on KBTC, you can experience first-hand her inspiring journey of Carol's nearly fatal fight with sepsis in A Beautiful Life: The Carol Decker Story. Learn how she has turned her personal struggle into a quest to help others deal with similar challenges through motivational speaking.

A Beautiful Life: The Carol Decker Story is part of KBTC Public Television's Emmy Award-winning Full Focus documentary series, Western Washington's only weekly documentary series. Click here for more information.

Special Note: Carol Decker will be Bates Technical College's featured speaker at the annual Disability Awareness Day in October 2012. Please stay tuned for more information!

About KBTC
KBTC is a service of Bates Technical College in Tacoma. The public television station serves Western Washington with three transmitters and one translator.

By antenna over the air:
KBTC 28.1, 28.2  (Tacoma)
KCKA 15.1, 15.2  (Centralia)
K41KT-D /channel 41  (Grays River-Lebam)
K24IC-D  /channel 24  (Bellingham and North Puget Sound area)

Cable carriage:
Comcast channel 12 - Pierce & King Counties  (Channel 3 in Tacoma)
Comcast (HD) channel 108 – Bellingham, North Puget Sound area
Comcast (SD) channel 71 – Bellingham, North Puget Sound area
Click! (SD) channel 3 – Tacoma
Click! (HD) channel 503 - Tacoma
Rainier Connect channel 10
Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)
Verizon FiOS channel 28

Satellite carriage:
Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)
DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)