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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Non-traditional path is tradition for this female auto body student

For Technical High School student Demry Polum, working in a male-dominated environment doesn’t intimidate her. In fact, it’s in her blood. Her grandmother was a truck driver for five years, and her mother has been...

Broadcast and video production students gain experience at annual holiday festival

Hands-on learning is a hallmark of an education at Bates, and students in the college’s Broadcasting/Video Production program had a jolly good time at a recent event. The 35th Holiday Food and Gift Festival came...

Under the sea: Students add sparkle to Fantasy Lights with wild whales and large...

Four whales breaching in the sparkling waters and a lively lobster dazzle your eyes as you wind your way through Fantasy Lights this year. Reaching between 12 and 17 feet high, the structures are...

Broadcasting and video production student thrives through hands-on learning

People often say that if you choose a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. When Therron Rivers moved his family from Tucson, Arizona to Tacoma, his career goal was...

Bates Technical College students win medal, certificate at national competition

The SkillsUSA competition is an event showcasing the best career and technical education students in the nation. TACOMA, Wash. – Two Bates Technical College Fire Service students took home top honors at last month’s 2016...

Proof positive: How one graduate changed her outlook, graduated with job offer

Recent Administrative Medical Assistant graduate Aquita Pickney’s smile widens when she talks about her bright future, with a job offer working as a Claims Associate-Initial Loss Reporting at State Farm Insurance. Though she radiates confidence...

Scholarships help self-pay welding student fuel passion and purpose

Second-year Welding student Matthew Usher spent nearly two years at Western Washington University before switching gears to pursue his passion. “Mechanical engineering was my focus since graduating from high school, but I was not...

Student chefs nab top awards at area culinary competitions

Students in Bates Technical College's Culinary Arts program have been busy racking up awards at two regional competitions. The first competition brought a group of six students, along with chef instructors Richard Houle, JJ Meland and...

Smiling with confidence: Hands-on learning key to Dental Assisting graduate’s success

Five years of braces, three oral surgeries, and several other dental procedures— that’s what drew 21-year-old Sarah Lindner to pursue a career as a dental assistant. Explains Sarah, “Through my journey, I had always appreciated...

Sheet Metal graduate sees success in fabrication

A year after earning his Associate in Applied Science, Sheet Metal graduate Jerad Shirley thrives in the industry—both in experience and pay. But the pathway to success wasn’t easy. When his mother told him about...