Bates Technical College has long been driven by the idea that its boundaries extend beyond the borders of Washington to provide opportunities for two-way exchanges for students and faculty. To make this vision a reality, Bates began partnering with foreign colleges and businesses.

Today, President Ron Langrell and Executive Dean Lin Zhou used video cameras and technology to welcome more than 200 students from Zhejiang Construction College and Tongji Vocational College of Science and Technology in China who will take online classes in dual-degree programs.

Digital Media Instructor Brian Parker and a handful of his students led today’s interview. It offered another unique opportunity for students to practice and develop skills from the classroom that will lead to employment.

“Located in Downtown Tacoma, Bates is committed to preparing our students, faculty and staff to learn, work and live in fast-growing environment as global citizens,” President Langrell said in his interview. “The collaboration between Bates and two Chinese vocational colleges are excellent examples of globalization.”

Students in dual-degree programs will complete degree requirements from Bates and their home college and receive an Associate Degree. Faculty from Bates will visit and teach in China through an exchange scholar program.

 

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