Monday, September 22, 2014

Student eNews - Week of Sept. 22

Campus News

New Bates Higher One Card simplifies financial aid fund disbursement
Bates has partnered with Higher One®, a financial services company focused on higher education, to bring you more convenient options to receive your financial aid disbursements/refunds.  Beginning September 2014, we'll begin using the 'Bates One Card.' Please do not throw away this important card, since you will be required to choose your disbursement method. Learn more about Higher One at Bates: www.bates.ctc.edu/OneCardFAQs: www.bates.ctc.edu/student-resources/financial-aid/bates-one-card/faq-bates-one-card

            THIS WEEK:  Follett Virtual Bookstore Special Officer
The college’s official bookstore partner, Follett Virtual Bookstore, is bringing Bates Technical College students a new shipping discount program for fall quarter. Follett works closely with faculty to identify and source school-approved textbooks from the correct publishers, and in the exact editions used during the school year. So you can purchase from Follett with the confidence that comes from knowing you will have the right course materials to ensure success. Bates students can enjoy free ground shipping on all Follett textbook orders over $100 beginning Monday, September 22nd, 2014 through Friday, September 26th, 2014 by using promo code FREESHIP100 at checkout. Visit http://www.bates.ctc.bkstr.com  and take advantage of this special offer.

Bates Early Learning Program is expanding to South Campus!
FREE preschool for qualifying families at South Campus opens this fall and is designed for student’s at south campus. Two programs are available for families with children at least 3 years old by August 31:   1) 6-hour preschool for 20 children from 8:30a to 2:30a in Portable “I”; and a 10-hour preschool program for 20 children will be in Portable “G” from 6:45a to 4:45p. The staff offers children the opportunity to learn new skills through play; and along with the preschool for children comes support for the families. Breakfast, lunch and a snack are served during the day.  For more information contact Kristin Kenyon at 253-680-7547.

Diversity and Student Life

            Get your passport for a chance at an amazing prize!
This year, your ASG Executives want to thank you for being an involved student on campus! ASG officers will begin distributing “passports” the week of Sep 29. Besides your ASG Executives, passports will be available at all ASG General Assembly meetings. Your “passport” to Student Life works in the following way: 
·         Get stamped at five different diversity or student life activities during the 2014-15 school year
·         Turn in completed passport to any ASG officer or Diversity/ASG staff (or the downtown Diversity Center)
·         One name will be drawn during the Feb 18 and Jul 15 ASG General Assembly meetings 
·         You must be present and a current student at the time of the drawing in order to claim your prize
·         The more passports you enter the better your chances

            Wear the Bobcat!
Interest is growing in “Be Brutus”! We have an AWESOME mascot suit and are looking for outgoing individuals to don suit and stir up some school spirit during special events or even when you have free time. Contact LeMont Lucas in the Diversity Center (Room E301, Downtown Campus) for more details. Bobcat Whooty WHOOOOOOOOOO

ASG General Assembly Meeting – October 15
The first ASG General Assembly meeting is Wednesday, October 15 from 11:15am to 12:15pm in the downtown campus auditorium.  Each career-training program can identify two student program delegates, for each instructional faculty member. The two students are considered as official class delegates; however, all students are welcome to attend the general assembly meeting.

Disability Awareness Day – October 16, 2013 – Downtown Campus Auditorium
This year’s Disability Awareness Day event is Thursday, October 16 from 11:30am to 12:30pm; in the Downtown Campus auditorium. This year’s event is “Mental Health Challenges: What it Means and How We Can Help.” What is the truth behind the myths; how to recognize individuals in distress; and what each of us can do to help. The event is free and open to the public. The dollar lunch special for students: Half sandwich, chips and a drink ($3 for non-students).

Binders and Stuff for Students
Forget a pen or pencil? Need a binder for your next class? The Diversity Center and South Campus Library have pens, post-its, along with new and gently used binders. Come visit either location to pick up what you need.

Community Information
Participate in the Citywide Strategic Plan Session at Bates
The Citywide Strategic Plan – called Tacoma 2025 – will identify a shared vision for Tacoma’s future and the steps needed to achieve it by 2025. Tacoma 2025 will outline actionable steps to achieve the vision and result in an even better Tacoma. The plan will also help guide the City’s future resource allocations and budget decisions to ensure funding is available to realize community priorities. Attend a community-wide meeting:
o   Monday, September 29, 2014 at Bates Technical College Downtown Campus – 1101 S Yakima Ave • Room A 130 A/B
Focus:  Economic Vibrancy & Employment  •  Education & Learning
The meeting begins with a reception at 5:30pm; the workshop is 6:00 – 8:00pm. For more information contact:  Nadia Chandler Hardy, at Tacoma2025@cityoftacoma.org or 253-591-5100.
Gun Safety – BSU at UWT
On Sep 24 a panel of six local experts will discuss how to increase gun safety and why it matter to you. The free event is from 5:30-8:00pm, Wednesday, Sep 24 at the Evergreen-Tacoma campus. For more information contact Melissa Cordeiro at mcordeiro@cityoftacoma.org .


2014-2015 Fall Quarter Dates
September 22       Fall classes start
September 24       Last day to add class without instructor permission
September 26       Last day to drop a class and receive an 80% refund
October 3              Last day to add class with instructor permission
October 3              Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript
October 6              Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund
November 5          Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript

December 5          Last day of the quarter

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What is YOUR vision for Tacoma in 2025?


Help Shape Tacoma’s Citywide Strategic Plan!

The Citywide Strategic Plan – Tacoma 2025 – will identify a shared vision for Tacoma’s future and the steps needed to achieve it by 2025. We invite you to get involved– Tacoma 2025 will help guide our future resource allocation and budget decisions, so make sure your voice is heard!

Get involved:
  • Join the online community forum to post your comments and respond to other community members’ ideas.
  • Attend a Community Workshop:

o Monday, September 22, 2014
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
– 4851 S Tacoma Way
Focus:  Health & Safety  •  Human & Social Services
o   Wednesday, September 24
University of Puget Sound
– 1500 N Warner St
Wheelock Student Center, 2nd Floor, Upper Marshall Hall 
Focus:  Arts & Cultural Vitality  •  Built & Natural Environment
o   Monday, September 29, 2014
Bates Technical College Downtown Campus
– 1101 S Yakima Ave • Room A 130 A/B
Focus:  Economic Vibrancy & Employment  •  Education & Learning
o   All three events have the same schedule:
§  5:30 p.m. – Reception
§  6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Workshop
 Make sure your voice is heard!


Paid on-street parking starts Sept. 22 on Tacoma Ave

Paid on-street parking will begin along Tacoma Ave on Monday, Sept. 22. Parking meters are being installed along Tacoma Avenue between South 9th and South 14th. Parking spots will have two-hour time limits and cost $1 per hour. If you need to park more than two hours, please use the several off-street public parking lots nearby.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Classrooms will see influx of new computers this fall

 While faculty and students are taking a much-needed summer break, the whole college has been busily preparing for fall quarter. The Information Technology (IT) department is working especially hard to bring new hardware on campus.

Over 200 new computers and virtual desktops were ordered this summer and IT staff is installing software and prepping the computers for installation. Over 100 "recycled" machines with a useful life will be re-distributed to areas that have older technology. Within the next few months, nearly a quarter of the student machines on campus will have been either replaced or upgraded.

A few of the programs that will see the benefit of new technology include:

  • Machinist
  • CNC Machinist
  • Database Technology
  • Web Development
  • Software Development
  • South Campus Library and Lab
  • Auto Parts/Inventory/Warehousing
  • Marketing and Business Management
  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Administrative Office Assistant
  • Commercial Truck Driving

Just a few of the new computers ready for installation

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fall quarter at Bates Technical College brings new educational opportunities

TACOMA, Wash. – In response to evolving industries and demand for skilled employees, Bates Technical College has added new educational pathways to its diverse list of program offerings.

With demand for accountants on the rise, the college revitalized its Accounting/Bookkeeping program for online learning, with opportunities for students to meet with the instructor in-person. The new structure will make it easier for working adults, or those who prefer online learning, to earn a degree that will help them pursue a career in high demand.

Bates Technical College will also roll out a Mobile FoodCook certificate of training, where students work in the college’s new mobile food truck to learn all aspects of mobile food service, and participate in a variety of courses that range from cost control and menu development to business plans for mobile food service and employment preparation. The 35-credit program will equip students with basic cooking skills, and prepare them to obtain the necessary permits to operate a mobile food service business. As part of the Culinary Arts program, Mobile Food Cook will provide students with the option to continue their education and earn an associate in applied science in culinary arts.

Registration is open for these programs and more, and classes start Sept. 22. Call 253.680.7002 for more information, or visit www.bates.ctc.edu/InformationSession.

About Bates Technical College
Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in 47 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.


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More pics of the food truck:







KBTC awarded major grant to keep Pierce County students on the path to success

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has awarded KBTC Public Television a $100,000 grant to help Pierce County improve youth outcomes for all students from preschool through college and onto careers.

The American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen grant will allow the PBS-affiliated station to work in our community over the course of two years to increase understanding about the challenges for at-risk youth, and work with a network of community partners to help develop and illuminate long-term solutions that emphasize the importance of a strong foundation in early education, and the need for consistent, caring adults.

The nation’s graduation rate is at 80 percent, yet significant “graduation gaps” still exist for students of different races, ethnicities, family incomes, and disabilities, as well as those with limited English proficiency. In Pierce County, graduation rates are 78 percent, with the rate in Tacoma being 70.2 percent.

“The research is clear. In order to earn a high school diploma, children need ongoing, community based educational support. And the first five years are fundamental for the development of every child,” said Ed Ulman, KBTC Executive Director and General Manager. “That’s why KBTC embraces the 'cradle to career' concept, and why we’re pleased to collaborate with United Way of Pierce County, First 5 FUNdamentals, and Graduate! Tacoma,” said Ulman.

KBTC will highlight local early childhood education leaders throughout Pierce County and Western Washington who help communities increase graduation rates. KBTC will also identify and share the stories of everyday heroes who are committed to improving education outcomes as “American Graduate Champions.”

The initiative will feature new, locally-produced content alongside national productions and classroom resources – including PBS NewsHour’s new education desk, American Graduate Day, 180 Days: Hartsville, and the youth-driven spoken word contest RAISE UP!, along with PBS Learning Media and PBS Kids assets. 

KBTC is part of the national American Graduate initiative, in partnership with 33 other public media stations around the country.




Monday, August 25, 2014

President Langrell presents at China-US education forum

President Langrell spoke about the college's
strategic vision at technical education conference. The
director of NAVEC, Liu Zhifang, poses with him.
Bates Technical College President Dr. Ron Langrell spoke last week to more than 360 attendees of the 2014 China-US Education Forum, held in Dalian, Liaoning, China.

The theme at the three-day forum surrounded modern vocational education and training. It provided a platform for two-year college presidents and representatives from the U.S. and China to engage in dialogue about policy, and discuss ways to collaborate on technical education and training. 

In his speech, President Langrell presented on how to set a trajectory toward a preferred future.
He highlighted strategic vision (outlined in an acronym) of Bates Technical College, as it works toward its own preferred future. The acronym, WORKPAD, is defined as: world class, outcomes-based, resource development-based, knowledge-based, partnerships, aspirations, and diversity.

On President Langrell's Facebook page, he notes, "College presidents in China share many similar challenges to counterparts in the USA: How do we protect our great mission and purpose during times of rapid change and challenge?"

The Ministry of Education of China recommended President Langrell to participate in the forum because of his accomplishments at Bates and in the field of technical education. Dean of Instruction Lin Zhou also attended the conference, which featured an education fair to help establish partnerships among colleges in both countries and tours to various colleges in China.

The National Association of Vocational Education of China (NAVEC) hosted the conference.

President Langrell poses with Dr. Yan.

Beijing Vocational College Vice President Wei (L) poses with
Bates' Dean of Instruction Lin Zhou (R)

President Langrell, center, poses with Dean Lin and
other representatives

President Langrell and Dean Lin pose with representatives
from the International Exchange Association.

Presidential Selfie: Langrell poses with President Li from
Beijing Vocational College



Monday, August 18, 2014

The picture of determination: Active-duty Machinist student featured on NWMilitary.com

Spc. Terry Francis was determined to follow her chosen
career path, despite barriers.

Terry Francis is a student in Bates Technical College's Machinist program. As an active-duty service member and mother of two, her typical day begins as early as 4 a.m., and she often doesn't get time to relax until after 10 p.m. 

Deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, Spc. Francis sustained injuries that would affect the pursuit of her chosen career path. Dedicated to becoming a machinist and someday work for a large company like Boeing or another aerospace organization, she enrolled in the college's Machinist program. 

NWMilitary.com featured Spc. Francis in an article on Thursday, Aug. 14 that details her experience. 

Want to work with us? We're hiring!

Bates Technical College's Human Resources is currently recruiting for the positions below. Visit www.bates.ctc.edu/Jobs to learn more.

Classified/Non Exempt Positions

Customer Services Associate - PTE I - 980
Location: KBTC
Salary:$25,000
Schedule: 8:00 - 5:00
Hours: 8.00/Day 40.00/Week
Posting Date: 8/11/2014  Closing date: Until Filled 

Early Childhood Specialist 2-Teacher Assistant - 983
Location: Child Studies/Childcare
Salary:$13.50 - $14.86
Schedule: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Hours: 8.00/Day 40.00/Week
Posting Date: 8/15/2014  Closing date: Until Filled 

Early Childhood Specialist 4 Family Support Specialist - 981
Location: Child Studies/ECEAP
Salary:$17.55 - 23.16
Schedule: 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Hours: 8.00/Day 40.00/Week
Posting Date: 8/18/2014  Closing date: Until Filled 

Early Childhood Specialist 3 Lead Teacher - 982
Location: Child Studies/ECEAP
Salary:$17.55 - $23.16
Schedule: 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Hours: 8.00/Day 40.00/Week
Posting Date: 8/15/2014  Closing date: Until Filled 
  
Exempt Managerial Positions

Budget Analyst - 985
Location: Business & Finance
Salary:$57,000 - 60,000
Schedule: 8:00 - 4:30
Hours: 40.00 / Week
Posting Date: 8/15/2014  Closing date: Until Filled

Associate Director of Finance - 984
Location: Finance Office/Accounting
Salary:$65,000 - 70,000
Schedule: 08:00am - 5:00pm
Hours: 8.00/Day 40.00/Week
Posting Date: 8/15/2014  Closing date: Until Filled

Industrial Electronics and Robotics program instructor featured in The News Tribune

Bates Technical College's Industrial Electronics and Robotics Technician program instructor Landon Johnson was featured in The News Tribune on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Columnist Larry LaRue spoke with Landon about unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as drones, and how the IERT program will teach students how to build, repair, and upgrade drones.

Check it out: 
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/08/12/3328195/looking-up-and-looking-ahead-bates.html?sp=/99/296/331/306/




Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Art selected for new Advanced Technology Center

The college art steering committee, in conjunction with the Washington State Arts Commission, has selected a 20-foot sculpture, to be custom designed and made by artist Heath Satow. The sculpture, titled YES, will be prominently placed at the new Advanced Technology Center.

This PDF presentation showcases more details of the tall sculpture.

Rendering of YES sculpture


YES sculpture from Bates Technical College on Vimeo.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hands-on Learning: Math 171 students showcase final projects

So, what does it take to apply concepts learned in Mary Ward's Math 171 Technical Math class? A final project worth a major chunk of a student's grade. The students, enrolled in Diesel and Heavy Equipment, Welding, Electrical Construction, and Auto Mechanics programs at South Campus, worked in small groups to hand-craft fully-functional mini replicas of a Ferris Wheel, Gravitron, Roller Coaster, and Merry-Go-Round.

Each team member presented and demonstrated the finished product last week, constructed from mostly recycled materials, and submitted a paper that explained the project and how they applied key concepts, like linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry, and vectors. This is just one example of how Bates students learn through practical application and hands-on education.


Merry-Go-Round

Gravitron

Students present their final project.



An electric screwdriver powers the Merry-Go-Round


Proud students showcase their prized Marry-Go-Round

The Ferris Wheel was constructed mostly of parts familiar
to those in the electrician field. 


This roller coaster was the perfect size for
a marble, which raised to the top and flowed
like water to the end, like a Rube Goldberg.


Library Corner


Don’t forget to return your library materials before you escape for summer break! Want a book to escape with? Take a peek at our “paperback exchange” shelf, or ask library staff for help finding what local public libraries you have access to ("reciprocal borrowing agreements" are beautiful words…trust us).

Your friendly librarians wants to ask YOU a question. Check out the question on the whiteboard in the library. Share your answer on the board, or stay “in the box” and interact with the library staff online or on Facebook.


The libraries will be closed during the summer break after Aug. 14, but library staff may still be able to help you via phone. 
Downtown Campus: 680.7220, South Campus: 680.7550, or email library@bates.ctc.edu.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Student eNews: Aug. 4-8

Financial Aid
New Bates One Card simplifies financial aid fund disbursement
Bates has partnered with Higher One®, a financial services company focused on higher education, to bring you more convenient options to receive your financial aid disbursements/refunds.  Beginning in September 2014, we'll begin using the 'Bates One Card.' Please do not throw away this important card, since you will be required to choose your disbursement method. Learn more about Higher One at Bates:  www.bates.ctc.edu/OneCard.  Read the FAQs:  www.bates.ctc.edu/student-resources/financial-aid/bates-one-card/faq-bates-one-card

Diversity and Student Life
REMINDER:  Continuing Students Can Register for Fall Quarter
Currently enrolled students can register for next quarter’s classes now.  
Online registration closes on August 4 and registration opens to eligible new students on the priority
lists.  You may lose your place in a program if you do not take advantage of registering before new
students, the same day tuition is due.  If students fail to register before online registration is
closed, it will require them to gather a variety of signatures and turn in actual paperwork. 

Community Events
McKinley Hill Street Fair – August 16
The McKinley Street Fair is Saturday, August 16, from 10am to 6pm at 35th and McKinley Ave. Sponsored by the East Side Neighborhood advisory council, McKinley Business District and Tacoma Christian Center, the event will have free backpacks, school physicals, dental screening and more for kids and their families!  For more information call 253-905-8017 or go to www.Facebook.com/groups/McKinleyStreetFair.

Hilltop Street Fair – August 23
The Hilltop Street Fair is August 23 on -Martin Luther King Jr. Way, between S. 9th and 11th, S. 10th between MLK and J, and S. 11th between L and I Streets, 8 AM - 9 PM. Planned events:  Hilltop’s Vintage Car Show ~ Tacoma Celebrity Dunk Tank ~ Storybook Play Castle (princes & princesses needed!) ~ Reading is Magical: Free Books ~ Tacoma Public Library’s Mobile Lab ~ Radio Disney: DJ, Raffles and Kid’s Activities ~ Community Health Care Free Health & Dental Screenings ~ Sidewalk Mural Chalk-off. Go to the Website for more information.

Come celebrate the nautical life with us at the 22nd Annual Tacoma Maritime Fest on Saturday, September 20th from 10:00am - 6:00pm & Sunday, September 21st from 10:00 am - 5:00pm. This year’s festival will host activities, music, and food for the entire family to experience. From the Tall Ships to Quick & Dirty Boat Building, to tours of the waterfront and lots of activities in the Kid’s Zone, there will be something for everyone. Admission, as always, is free. Festival planners are looking for volunteers now!  Go to http://maritimefest.org/volunteers to be a part of the fun!

2013-2014 Summer Quarter Dates
August 14              Last day of the quarter

2014-2015 Fall Quarter Dates
August 4                Open registration
September 8         Fall tuition due
September 22       Fall classes start
September 24       Last day to add class without instructor permission
September 26       Last day to drop a class and receive an 80% refund
October 3              Last day to add class with instructor permission
October 3              Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript
October 6              Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund
November 5          Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
December 5          Last day of the quarter




Friday, July 25, 2014

Board of Trustees meeting agenda for Tuesday, July 29

AGENDA
2:00 I. Call to Order/Determination of a Quorum/Pledge of Allegiance

2:03 II. Work Session Agenda:
A. Bates Technical College Mission: Measuring Up
B. Strategic Plan Review: Priorities and Directions (Ensuring a Preferred Future)
C. Executive Session (Personnel matters under RCW 42.30.110(g))

4:00 III. General Matters
A. Approval of Agenda
B. Approval of Board Minutes
1. June 24, 2014  
C. Citizen Remarks Chair Pearson

4:04 IV. Introductions/Presentations
A. Human Resources Update
1. New Staff Introductions
2. Personnel Action Report

4:06 B. Informational Reports/Remarks
1. Associated Student Government (ASG) Update
2. Diversity News, IDEAL/CDAC Update
3. Communications, Marketing/Foundation Update
4. KBTC Update
5. Facilities Update (Abbreviated)

6. Local Bargaining Units
a. AFT-Washington Federation of Teachers
b. International Union of Operating Engineers
c. Public Safety Officers
d. Bates Professional Technical Employees

4:25 C. President’s Report
1. Enrollment/FTE Update
2. Instruction Updates
a. Workforce Development
b. Institutional Research/Accreditation
3. Finance Report
4. President’s Remarks/Announcements

4:35 V. New Business
Election of Board Officers Trustees
Fiscal 2013-14 Budget Revision
CBA Ratification(s)*

4:55 VI. Unfinished Business
Mission Statement Approval
Approval of the Draft Strategic Plan

4:59 VII. Board Member Discussion/Remarks

Committee Reports:  
A. Development/Advancement
B. TACTC/ACCT
C. KBTC
D. TACTC/Legislative
E. Pierce County Coordinating Committee (PCCC)
F. Associated Student Government (ASG)
G. General Advisory Council (GAC)
H. IDEAL/CDAC (Diversity Councils)

5:00 VIII. Adjournment

TRAINING: September 30, 2014, 2 p.m.
Next Meeting: September 30, 2014, 4 p.m.
Location: Bates Technical College, Downtown Campus
1101 South Yakima Ave, Tacoma WA 98405

Under RCW 42.30.110, an Executive Session may be held. Action from the Executive Session may be taken, if necessary, as a result of items discussed in the Executive Session.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Infusion of funding spurs growth in high-demand aerospace programs at Bates Technical College

Welding and Machinist programs will expand to meet industry demand

The Machinist program will
grow by 32 FTEs.
Bates Technical College will receive $411,771 from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to expand the capacity of the Welding and Machinist programs.

The Machinist program will receive $208,000 to grow the program by 32 full-time equivalent (FTE) students, and $203,771 will be allocated to expand the Welding program by 30 FTE students. The expansion will begin fall quarter, and the new courses will be offered in the evening to accommodate working adults.

This funding will help the college forge stronger ties with the aerospace industry and improve career opportunities for graduates of Bates’ manufacturing and aerospace-related programs, said Brandon Rogers, dean of instruction.
The Welding program will
expand by 30 FTEs.


“The funding includes $10,000 to reach out to non-traditional students, nearly $9,000 to establish National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) accreditation, and additional support for dissemination of best practices and innovations,” said Rogers. “Among those innovations will include the acquisition of a welding simulator and equipment needed to develop a unique industry partnership with Boeing to serve as the pre-employment testing facility for prospective employees at the aerospace giant,” he said.

Bates is one of 21 Washington state community and technical colleges who received funding to increase student capacity in aerospace programs. The funding is an important element of the state Legislature’s package to guarantee the Boeing 777X would be built in Washington state.

To learn more about the Welding, Machinist, and other aerospace-related programs, go to www.bates.ctc.edu, or call 253.680.7000.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

City of Tacoma seeks your input to identify a shared vision

Tacoma's Museum of Glass is
a symbol of restoration of a waterway
and revitalization of the downtown area.
What would make the City of Tacoma a better place to live, work and play, asks the steering committee for Tacoma's strategic plan. If you have ideas, feedback, or thoughts, now is the time to take action.

The steering committee is soliciting community feedback on the seven key focus areas of the strategic plan:
  1. Public Health and Safety
  2. Quality of Life and Livability
  3. Economic Vibrancy (and Employment)
  4. Culture, Arts and Recreation
  5. Educational Opportunity and Attainment
  6. Government Performance (Effective, Efficient and Economical)
  7. Infrastructure, Mobility and Environmental Sustainability 
How can you get involved?
  • Join the online community forum to post your comments and respond to other community members’ ideas at Engage Tacoma.
    • Shaping Tacoma’s future (four days remaining for topic input)
    • What should stay the same?  (eleven days remaining for topic input)
  • Attend the community meeting on July 30, 2014, from 6 PM - 8:30 PM (doors open at 5 PM), at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center (1500 Broadway). Free event parking will be available at any of the venue's garages.  

Downtown Library schedule change July 21-24,2014

The Downtown Campus Library will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday (July 21-24). Friday hours will remain unchanged at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Library staff  ask for your patience during this week while they are short-staffed.

Don't forget that you always have access to the Library's online resources ...even when the doors aren't yet open.
  • You can use most of our subscription resources from any computer on campus without a username/password. 
  • We have subject guides full of recommended websites for our various Career Clusters.
  • Have a question that just won't wait?  You can always email the library (library@bates.ctc.edu) and they will reply as soon as they are able...or you can contact AskWA which in an online chat reference service that is staffed by other librarians around the world.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Student eNews: July 14-18

Diversity and Student Life
Associated Student Government Presidents for 2014-2015
Congratulations to the ASG President and Campus Vice Presidents for next year! 
·         ASG President:  Raeshawna Sager, Civil Engineering
·         Vice President, Downtown:  Ina Smith, AOA (Administrative Office Assistant)
·         Vice President, Central:  Kevin White, BVP (Broadcast/Video/Production)
·         Vice President, South:  Andrew Waits, Diesel

NOTE:  Applications for the other ASG officer positions are actively encouraged! Now that the 2014-15 presidents have been elected, they will begin interviewing and appointing the rest of their executive team.  Applications already on hand will have first consideration.  Contact Kat to have an application sent to you! 

THIS WEEK:  ASG General Assembly Meeting – July 16
The June ASG General Assembly is Wednesday, July 16 from 11:15am to 12:15pm in the South Campus Auditorium.  NOTE:  Discussion includes student officer elections and interviews, the new Higher One financial aid disbursement process, and an update on athletics.  Student delegates and those with SALT cards are entered in the drawings for cool giveaways!   All students are welcome!

THIS WEEK:  Foundation Scholarships for Fall
The Bates Foundation is pleased to announce up to 35 scholarships totaling $26,250 will be awarded to students for fall quarter 2014. Go to  https://bates.starsscholarshipsonline.com/STARS/Default.aspx to access the online scholarship application.  The application deadline is Friday, July 18, 2014, at NOON.  Contact LeAnn Dreier directly at 253.680.7160 or ldreier@bates.ctc.edu for more information.

THIS WEEK:  Operation GoodJobs Information Session
On July, 17th at 11:00am, Mike Tassin will be giving an operation GoodJobs information session.  For all of you students that may be looking for PT work over the summer break and flexible work while you are in school, this is a great opportunity. Operation Good Jobs is not just about finding work but finding ways to support veterans. Come on by and check it out!!

Community Information

Tacoma’s Ethnic Fest
July 26 & 27, 2014, Noon - 7pm at Wright Park (501 South I St., Tacoma 98405).  Since 1986 the festival has featured the many cultures and ethnic groups that make Pierce County a great place to live. Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world.  A very family friendly community event!


2013-2014 Summer Quarter Dates
July 18                   Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
August 14              Last day of the quarter

2014-2015 Fall Quarter Dates
July 21                   Start registration for continuing students
July 28                   Start registration for waitlisted Veterans
July 29                   Start registration for waitlisted students
August 4                Open registration
September 8         Fall tuition due
September 22       Fall classes start
September 24       Last day to add class without instructor permission
September 26       Last day to drop a class and receive an 80% refund
October 3              Last day to add class with instructor permission
October 3              Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript
October 6              Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund
November 5          Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
December 5          Last day of the quarter



Monday, July 7, 2014

Bates Foundation accepting scholarship applications for fall

The Bates Foundation is pleased to announce up to 35 scholarships totaling $26,250 will be awarded to students for fall quarter 2014. To learn about scholarships that are available, please visit our website.


The application deadline is Friday, July 18, 2014, at NOON.

Scholarship Workshops
Attend a scholarship workshop to learn how to fill out the online application, and make yours stand out! Feel free to bring your lunch .

·         South Campus
Tue, July 8 | 11:30 a.m. | Multimedia Room (Room E101A)
·         Downtown Campus
Wed, July 9 | 11:30 a.m. | Diversity Center


Contact LeAnn Dreier directly at 253.680.7160 or ldreier@bates.ctc.edu for more information.