TACOMA, Wash. –Victory Media, a creator of educational and career resources aimed at connecting students interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), announced this month that Bates Technical College has been included in their 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges list.

By 2018, Washington state will see a 24 percent increase in STEM jobs—seven points above the national average, according to www.washingtonstem.org. Bates offers programs across the STEM spectrum, making the college a leader in offering relevant STEM education through hands-on learning and increasing interest in STEM fields in our state.

“With the list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges, we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, President of STEM JobsSM. “We’re pleased to showcase schools like Bates Technical College as a school leading the way in this area.”

Of the more than 1,600 schools participating in the inaugural STEM JobsSM survey process, Bates was among the 123 institutions earning the designation. The surveys were scored on publicly-available data and responses to questions surrounding three success indicators: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement, and diversity in STEM programs at the college.

The 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools nationwide on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high-growth STEM occupations. Because of this designation, Bates will be featured in the winter 2015 issue of STEM JobsSM magazine.

For more information about the college’s STEM-related programs, visit www.bates.ctc.edu/Programs or www.bates.ctc.edu/WomenInSTEM. To view a full list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges, go to stemjobs.com/2015-stem-jobs-approved-colleges.

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in nearly 50 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.

About STEM JobsSM Ratings

The STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high demand, high paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields. Ratings are based on a complimentary and rigorous quantitative assessment that measures schools on criteria created by Victory Media with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board. A complete description of our methodology, advisory board and services is available at www.stemjobs.com.

About Victory Media

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Victory Media is a rapidly-growing, veteran-owned business leader connecting individuals in transition with education, business, and career opportunities. For more than 12 years, Victory Media has provided members of the military community with resources and information to evaluate civilian opportunities, while working with thousands of post-secondary schools, employers, and companies looking to get their opportunities, products and services in front of military families during critical life stages.

In 2012, we extended our reach by introducing STEM JobsSM tools, media and curriculum designed to engage students, along with their parents, teachers and guidance counselors, as they make education and career planning decisions. Using student-written articles, fun graphics and relatable content, STEM JobsSM helps students discover how to “do what they love” as a STEM-inspired career. STEM JobsSM now includes the STEM JobsSM Type Quiz for students, STEM JobsSM Approved ratings for schools and employers, and STEM JobsSM Ready lesson plans for teachers. For more information, visit www.stemjobs.com.

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