Thursday, October 30, 2014

KBTC's Northwest Now focuses on concussions, brain injury

Concussions are are becoming an all-too-familiar injury in our country. On Friday's Northwest Now, host Tom Layson talks with three experts on brain injuries, including Dr. Alex Mohit of Franciscan Health Systems, Penny Condoll with the Brain Injury Support Team, and The Washington Brain Injury Alliance's Deborah Crawley, who says concussions are the silent injury. 

"It's similar to where folks were 30 years ago with cancer and HIV/AIDS, they're really trying to cover it up instead of reaching out," Crawley said. 

On this program, we'll also meet a local student athlete whose head injuries forced him out of contact sports. 
  
Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program that airs every Friday at 7:30 p.m. right here on KBTC. Below is a list that shows where you can find us on TV.  

You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website. http://www.kbtc.org/page.php?id=369

OFF AIR:
KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels

CABLE:
Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)
Comcast channel 12 (most areas - in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)
Click! (Tacoma) channel 3
Rainier Connect channel 10
Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)
Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worlview)

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


Monday, October 27, 2014

Student eNews: Oct. 27-31

Scholarships for Winter Quarter 
The Bates Foundation will award up to 26 scholarships totaling $28,450 for winter quarter 2014. The scholarship application deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014, at NOON. To apply for a scholarship, fill out the online application at https://scholarships.bates.ctc.edu/Stars/. Contact LeAnn Dreier at x7160 if you have questions. 

Attend a scholarship workshop to learn how to fill out the  online application, and make your application stand out! (Feel free to bring your lunch!)
·         Tuesday, Oct. 28 | 11:30 a.m. | Downtown Campus | Diversity Center
·         Wednesday, Oct. 29| 11:30 a.m. | South Campus | Multimedia Room (Room E101A)

Diversity and Student Life
THIS WEEK:  An Empowering Conversation about Human Trafficking – October 30
A diversity presentation with Khrushida Begum, guest speaker and human rights advocate.  The event is Wednesday, October 30 from 11am to 12pm in the Diversity Center (E301).  PASSPORT EVENT!!

Education to Employment Program by Making a Difference in Community
- If you are a registered student
- If you have children
- If you are experiencing homelessness
Education to Employment program might be able to help you! We help students remove barriers to graduate from their program and gain employment.  We do offer some support services once in the program. Please contact Karen Dhaliwal for further information. Work cell:  253-318-4912 | Office:  253-680-7243

A call to all ladies enrolled in STEM programs at Bates:
There will be a Divine: Women in STEM luncheon on November 3rd from 11:30am-12:30pm in Room M218 at the DT campus. Divine STEM is an ASG sponsored club, whose mission is to support under-represented women in STEM-related programs at Bates Technical College, to attract future students through outreach, bring attention to women in usually male dominated fields, and to increase the percentage of women employed in male-dominated career fields. Come have lunch with us and be a part of an amazing group of women, who support one another in all of our challenges. Contact Christina Jobe at 253-680-7091 for more information.

Students of Color Conference 2015 – Applications Available Now!
The 2015 Students of Color Conference (SOCC) is conference is Thursday through Saturday) April 23-25, 2014, in Yakima, Washington.  The goal of the conference is to provide a fun, educational experience that promotes leadership, diversity, and academic success.  This year, the application process will completed electronically.  Email LeMont Lucas for the two conference application files. The deadline to apply is January 9, 2015.
Veterans Event, November 6
Attend this year’s Veterans event, “Building bridges: It’s about you!” with speaker and veterans advocate Dr. Peter Schmidt. The event is Thursday, November 6, 2014, 11:30am to 12:30pm in the Downtown Campus auditorium. Directly following the event is the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for the downtown campus Veterans Resource Center (Rm E304).

College-level SkillsUSA – Looking for Students
SkillsUSA gives Bates students a way to compete with other students from across the state in both technical skills and leadership. Downtown and south campus meetings start next week (every 1st and 3rd Monday, downtown and south).
·         1st Monday | Nov 3 | 11:30am | Diversity Center (E301)
·         3rd Monday | Nov 17 | 11:30am | South Campus Cafeteria
SkillsUSA builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.  Find out how SkillsUSA can benefit you as you prepare for the workforce.

Campus Information

Add Some Flavor with SALT – Look for Your Invitation!
Check your inbox for an email invitation to join SALT in the next few days! What Is SALT? SALT was created by American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization, to Bates Technical College’s students and alums like you become more financially savvy. Activating your SALT membership allows you to take advantage of members-only features, like:

·         Interactive money management tools that show you how to take control of your finances.
·         An interactive and personalized Repayment Navigator that helps you understand your student loan repayment options.
·         Loan advice from SALT’s expert counselors.
·         My Money 101—a self-paced, online resource that teaches you practical money management strategies for budgeting, credit cards, banking and more.
·         Access to thousands of jobs and internships to jumpstart your career.

Remember to check your email for a message from SALT with your invitation to join. If you do not receive your SALT email in the next week or so, contact SALT’s Member Support team at 855.469.2724 or with Financial Aid. The best part—all of Salt services are free of charge!

Information Technology – Software
Office 365 Education for Students is an Office 365 plan that is available for free to students who attend academic institutions that have purchased Office for faculty and staff available at www.Office.com/GetOffice365. This plan allows students to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs and Office apps on other mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPads®. The plan also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, managed by the school, and students can edit and collaborate using Office Online, Yammer, and SharePoint sites.  Active full- or part-time students at qualifying schools are eligible if they:
·         Have a school-specific email address provided by the school (for example, contoso.edu) that can receive external email
·         Are of legal age to sign up for an online offer individually (13 years old)
·         Have Internet access
Students can use the plan until they graduate or are no longer enrolled at a qualified school. Student eligibility may be re-verified at any time. At expiration, the Office applications enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means documents can be viewed but it isn’t possible to edit or create new documents. In addition, online services associated with the school email address, for example Office Online and OneDrive, will no longer work. Enroll by going to the website below and signing up.  http://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education

Scholarship Announcement

LGBTQ Scholarships
Over $730,000 is available in scholarships to support the educational and leadership development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer students; students who have LGBTQ parent(s); and/or students who are straight allies of the LGBTQ community in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington of any age who are pursuing any post-secondary education (community college, public or private colleges and university, trade schools/apprenticeships, or certificate programs). There are fifty different types of scholarships with awards up to $20,000—but only one web-based application! Applications are completed online at:  http://www.pridefoundation.org/scholarships/ or at http://thegsbascholarship.org/apply.php  and due before 5:00pm PST on January 16, 2015.

Community Event

PLU Presents – Antwone Fisher and Kids at Hope
Entitled The Soul, Science and  Culture of HOPE, this three-hour event will explore Antwone’s  journey  of hopelessness to hope through his  writings and film followed by a discussion around those themes and how they relate to the science of HOPE. The symposium concludes with a discussion about the culture  of HOPE and  how families, schools, youth  serving organizations and communities can implement a strategy that models how all children can succeed, No Exceptions! Registration Required – More information from  Wally Endicott 253-229-7310  wally@kidsathope.org.  
WHEN:  Thursday,  November 6, 2014, 5:30pm – 8:30pm (coffee & desert provided)
WHERE:  Pacific Lutheran University Chris Knutzen Hall in the University Center, 12180 Park Avenue So; Tacoma, WA 

2014-2015 Fall Quarter Dates
November 5          Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
December 5          Last day of the quarter

2014-2015 Winter Quarter Dates
November 12       Start registration for continuing students
November 17       Start registration for waitlisted Veterans
November 18       Start registration for waitlisted students
November 24       Open registration
November 26       Winter tuition due
December 10       Winter classes start
December 12       Last day to add class without instructor permission
December 12       Last day to drop a class and receive an 80% refund
January 2             Last day to drop a class and receive a 40% refund
January 2             Last day to add class with instructor permission
January 2             Last day to drop a class and not have it appear on your transcript
February 4           Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
February 27         Last day of the quarter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Northwest Now showcases Tacoma Symphony's music director, Sarah Ioannides


After two years of searching and a series of auditions, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra finally has a new music director in place. 

In Friday's edition of Northwest Now (airs at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC), we'll meet Sarah Ioannides to discuss the future of the TSO and the challenges associated with keeping the orchestra relevant in a technological world. 

"When you take on a different role as a music director, you become immediately involved and ingrained in building a future for the organization that is based on what Tacoma wants," Ioannides told Northwest Now. 

More than 100 people submitted their applications for the music director's job, but Ioannides emerged as the board and musician's top choice. 

Ioannides was born in Australia and grew up in the UK performing as a violinist for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. From there, it was two Masters degrees from Oxford and Julliard, and then a long series of conducting engagements and awards leading up to the music director jobs she currently holds in Tacoma and Spartanburg, N.C.

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program that you can watch every Friday Night at 7:30 p.m. right here on KBTC. Below is a list that shows where you can find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website. www.kbtc.org/page.php?id=369

OFF AIR:
KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels

CABLE:
Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)
Comcast channel 12 (most areas - in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)
Click! (Tacoma) channel 3
Rainier Connect channel 10
Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)
Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worlview)

SATELLITE:
Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Student eNews: Oct. 20-24

Diversity and Student Life

TODAY:  Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Open Enrollment Begins Now!
Have you completed at least 12 hours of Associate Degree coursework at Bates?  Do you have a GPA of 3.5 or better?  Would you like to be recognized for your scholastic excellence?  Are you interested in scholarships?  You may qualify for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society membership, the world’s largest honor society of community college students!  Your local chapter at Bates Technical College is the Beta Upsilon Omicron Chapter, and the eligibility period is now open from October 17th through end of the day November 21st. During the eligibility period—if you meet the above qualifications—you will be contacted directly by Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters via your e-mail, and can go “on-line” to complete an application, and pay a one-time, lifetime membership fee of $70.00.   Have more questions, or want to know more?  Attend an informational meeting TODAY, Monday, October 20th at 11:30AM in the Downtown Diversity Center Conference Room—E301.  Hope to see you there!!

TODAY:  College-level SkillsUSA – Looking for Students
SkillsUSA gives Bates students a way to compete with other students from across the state in both technical skills and leadership. Downtown and south campus meetings start next week (every 1st and 3rd Monday, downtown and south).
·         3rd Monday | Oct 20 | 11:30am | South Campus Cafeteria
·         1st Monday | Nov 3 | 11:30am | Diversity Center (E301)
SkillsUSA builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.  Find out how SkillsUSA can benefit you as you prepare for the workforce.

International Education Week – Let’s Celebrate!
Are you an international student or recent newcomer? We’d love to have you share about your country during our International Education Week Festivity, November 21, 2014. Some ways you can share:
·         Play or perform music; or how instruments are used in your country’s music—a traditional dance or song
·         Put on a fashion show of traditional clothes
·         Put together a slide show using PowerPoint or Prezi, for example
·         Create a poster display with pictures and information about your country—such as location/geography, history, language(s), religious/social customs, trade, etc.
·         Share food that is typical for your country and explain how it’s made—samples are great, too!
Or come up with your own idea! You can share individually or team up with others from your country and do a group presentation! If you are interested in participating, please email Laurie Arnold, International Student Advisor at larnold@bates.ctc.edu with the following information:
Your name
Country you are from
Type of Presentation (see above)
Also, let Laurie know if you would like to team up with someone else from your country if more than 1 of you signs up. We already have sign ups from KSA, Taiwan, Colombia, Japan and Russia.

An Empowering Conversation about Human Trafficking – October 30
A diversity presentation with Khrushida Begum, guest speaker and human rights advocate.  The event is Wednesday, October 30 from 11am to 12pm in the Diversity Center (E301).  PASSPORT EVENT!!

Campus Information

Add Some Flavor with SALT – Look for Your Invitation!
Check your inbox for an email invitation to join SALT in the next few days! What Is SALT? SALT was created by American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization, to Bates Technical College’s students and alums like you become more financially savvy. Activating your SALT membership allows you to take advantage of members-only features, like:

·         Interactive money management tools that show you how to take control of your finances.
·         An interactive and personalized Repayment Navigator that helps you understand your student loan repayment options.
·         Loan advice from SALT’s expert counselors.
·         My Money 101—a self-paced, online resource that teaches you practical money management strategies for budgeting, credit cards, banking and more.
·         Access to thousands of jobs and internships to jumpstart your career.

Remember to check your email for a message from SALT with your invitation to join. If you do not receive your SALT email in the next week or so, contact SALT’s Member Support team at 855.469.2724 or with Financial Aid. The best part—all of Salt services are free of charge!

Information Technology – Software
Office 365 Education for Students is an Office 365 plan that is available for free to students who attend academic institutions that have purchased Office for faculty and staff available at www.Office.com/GetOffice365. This plan allows students to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs and Office apps on other mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPads®. The plan also includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, managed by the school, and students can edit and collaborate using Office Online, Yammer, and SharePoint sites.  Active full- or part-time students at qualifying schools are eligible if they:
·         Have a school-specific email address provided by the school (for example, contoso.edu) that can receive external email
·         Are of legal age to sign up for an online offer individually (13 years old)
·         Have Internet access
Students can use the plan until they graduate or are no longer enrolled at a qualified school. Student eligibility may be re-verified at any time. At expiration, the Office applications enter a reduced-functionality mode, which means documents can be viewed but it isn’t possible to edit or create new documents. In addition, online services associated with the school email address, for example Office Online and OneDrive, will no longer work. Enroll by going to the website below and signing up.  http://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education

Student Accounts – Important Information
Starting immediately, newly created student accounts will be using Bates[student SID] as their temporary password (example: Bates800000001). We strongly suggest that students change the default password at the first log on. The purpose of this change is to provide an added level of security for student accounts. The new policy will not affect current student passwords, however, we recommended that instructors encourage current students to change their password from the default Bates07, if they have not already done so. Students who need assistance logging on, accessing their college email, or have questions can call the Student Help Desk at 7055 or email studentemail@bates.ctc.edu.


2014-2015 Fall Quarter Dates
November 5          Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
December 5          Last day of the quarter







Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Drop, cover and hold! Get ready to shake out on Oct. 16


You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. That's why it's important to practice how we can be safe during an earthquake. 

International ShakeOut Day of Action is Thursday, Oct. 16. More than 1 million have registered so far and Washington has already beat last year's record total!

On Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10:16 a.m., Bates Technical College will participate in the Great Washington Shake Out

We understand that not everyone will be able to participate in the drill exactly at 10:16 a.m., but we encourage you to do the drill at some point during the day. Participate at the time that works best for you, whether it's at the beginning of the day or during a break period.

There will NOT be alerts sent out at 10:16 a.m. This is a voluntary drill. Everyone should drop, cover and hold. No need to evacuate the building. 

What should you do during an earthquake?
  • DROP down onto your hands and knees (before the earthquakes knocks you down). This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.
  • COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, only then should you get down near an interior wall (or next to low-lying furniture that won't fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
  • HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.
Wherever you are, protect yourself! You may be in situation where you cannot find shelter beneath furniture (or low against a wall, with your arms covering your head and neck). It is important to think about what you will do to protect yourself wherever you are. 

What should you NOT do during an earthquake?
Washington's plate tectonics
  • DO NOT run outside or to other rooms during shaking: The area near the exterior walls of a building is the most dangerous place to be. Windows, facades and architectural details are often the first parts of the building to collapse. To stay away from this danger zone, stay inside if you are inside and outside if you are outside. Also, shaking can be so strong that you will not be able to move far without falling down, and objects may fall or be thrown at you that you do not expect. Injuries can be avoided if you drop to the ground before the earthquake drops you.
  • DO NOT stand in a doorway: An enduring earthquake image of California is a collapsed adobe home with the door frame as the only standing part. From this came our belief that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. True- if you live in an old, unreinforced adobe house or some older woodframe houses. In modern houses, doorways are no stronger than any other part of the house, and the doorway does not protect you from the most likely source of injury- falling or flying objects. You also may not be able to brace yourself in the door during strong shaking. You are safer under a table.
To learn more about the Great Washington Shakeout, or how you can prepare, visit the website at http://shakeout.org/washington/dropcoverholdon/.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Student eNews: Week of Oct. 13-17

Diversity and Student Life

THIS WEEK:  Disability Awareness Day – October 14, 2014 – Downtown Campus Auditorium
This year’s Disability Awareness Day event is Tuesday, October 14, 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 (while supplies last). PASSPORT EVENT!!

THIS WEEK:  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.  Career-training programs 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 meetings!  PASSPORT EVENT!!

International Education Week – Let’s Celebrate!
Are you an international student or recent newcomer? We’d love to have you share about your country during our International Education Week Festivity, November 21, 2014. Some ways you can share:
·         Play or perform music; or how instruments are used in your country’s music—a traditional dance or song
·         Put on a fashion show of traditional clothes
·         Put together a slide show using PowerPoint or Prezi, for example
·         Create a poster display with pictures and information about your country—such as location/geography, history, language(s), religious/social customs, trade, etc.
·         Share food that is typical for your country and explain how it’s made—samples are great, too!
Or come up with your own idea! You can share individually or team up with others from your country and do a group presentation! If you are interested in participating, please email Laurie Arnold, International Student Advisor at larnold@bates.ctc.edu with the following information:
Your name
Country you are from
Type of Presentation (see above)
Also, let Laurie know if you would like to team up with someone else from your country if more than 1 of you signs up. We already have sign ups from KSA, Taiwan, Colombia, Japan and Russia.

An Empowering Conversation about Human Trafficking – October 30
A diversity presentation with Khrushida Begum, guest speaker and human rights advocate.  The event is Wednesday, October 30 from 11am to 12pm in the Diversity Center (E301).  PASSPORT EVENT!!

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – Information Session
Have you completed at least 12 hours of Associate Degree coursework? Do you have a GPA of 3.5 or better? Would you like to be recognized for your scholastic excellence? Are you interested in scholarships? You may qualify for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society membership, the world’s largest honor society of community college students!  Your local chapter at Bates Technical College is the Beta Upsilon Omicron Chapter, and the eligibility period opens at the end of each college quarter.

During the eligibility period—if you meet the above qualifications—you will be contacted directly by Phi Theta Kappa Headquarters via e-mail, and can go “on-line” to complete an application, and pay a one-time, lifetime membership fee of $70.00. Come to an informational meeting on Monday, October 20th at 11:30AM in the Downtown Diversity Center Conference Room.  See you there!!

Starting College SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA gives Bates students a way to compete with students from across the state in both technical skills and leadership. Downtown and south campus meetings start next week (every 1st and 3rd Monday, both downtown and south).
·         3rd Monday | Oct 20 | 11:30am | South Campus Cafeteria
·         1st Monday | Nov 3 | 11:30am | Diversity Center (E301)
SkillsUSA builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.  Find out how SkillsUSA can benefit you as you prepare for the workforce.

Campus Information

Financial Aid – 61 Percent Withdrawal
We understand that circumstances may arise while you’re attending Bates Technical College that may result in your withdrawal from your program. 
Here are some things you should be aware of:
§  If you receive Title IV financial aid funding, and you withdraw before you have had time to earn your aid, you end up in Return of Title IV (unearned Title IV financial aid that you were awarded). http://studentaid.ed.gov/types
§  If you find yourself in this situation, please contact the Financial Aid office before withdrawing from college.
§  In order to avoid this situation, a student must attend 61 percent of each quarter they receive Title IV financial aid.
The 61 percent point for fall, winter, spring, and summer quarters are:
§  Fall Quarter: Nov. 6, 2014
§  Winter Quarter: Feb. 2, 2014
§  Spring Quarter: May 01, 2014
§  Summer Quarter: July 17, 2014

Library News
Students now have a more convenient access to Bates Technical College's online library resources and databases. Library staff made the switch to EZProxy to add ease-of-use and enhance the student experience. The old system of using various log-ons for each database or resource is gone! The new system now allows the user to log on with their college email credentials. 
Please note that for students who have not yet set up or changed their Bates email credentials, the PASSWORD is: Bates[SID]. For example, if your Student ID is 555-12-4444, the password is BATES555124444. Read the full story.

Student Accounts – Important Information
Starting immediately, newly created student accounts will be using Bates[student SID] as their temporary password (example: Bates800000001). We strongly suggest that students change the default password at the first log on. The purpose of this change is to provide an added level of security for student accounts. The new policy will not affect current student passwords, however, we recommended that instructors encourage current students to change their password from the default Bates07, if they have not already done so. Students who need assistance logging on, accessing their college email, or have questions can call the Student Help Desk at 7055 or email studentemail@bates.ctc.edu.


2014-2015 Fall Quarter Dates
November 5          Last day to drop a class and have a “W” appear on your transcript
December 5          Last day of the quarter






Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bates to host disability awareness day on Oct. 14

To help mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Bates will host its annual Disability Awareness Day this Tue, Oct. 14 with a presentation on Mental Health Challenges: What it means and how we can help. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Auditorium.

Ann Rider, Recovery and Resiliency Manager at OptumHealth will help the audience explore what we think is “common knowledge” about mental health challenges; the truth behind the myths; how to recognize individuals in distress; and what each of us can do to help. Take a look into the reality of recovery from serious mental health challenges.



Did you know?
This year marked the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. Watch a special anniversary message from President Barack Obama to learn more.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Withdrawing from your program? Here's what you should know about financial aid.

We understand that circumstances can arise while you’re attending Bates Technical College, which may result in withdrawal from your program.

Before you withdraw, here’s what you should know:

  • If you receive Title IV financial aid funding, and you withdraw before you have had time to earn your aid, you may end up in Return of Title IV (unearned Title IV financial aid that you were awarded). http://studentaid.ed.gov/types
  • If you find yourself in this situation, please contact the Financial Aid office before withdrawing from college.
  • In order to avoid this situation, a student must attend 61 percent of each quarter they receive Title IV financial aid.

The 61 percent point for fall, winter, spring,and summer quarters are:

  • Fall Quarter: Nov. 6, 2014
  • Winter Quarter: Feb. 2, 2015
  • Spring Quarter: May 1, 2015
  • Summer Quarter: July 17, 2015

Monday, October 6, 2014

Student eNews: Oct. 6-10

Student eNews is your weekly electronic newsletter from the Diversity/ASG Center. It contains important college and community information and is emailed to your Bates email address once a week, so please remember to check your college email at least once a week!

Diversity and Student Life 
TODAY:  Starting College SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA gives Bates students a way to compete with students from across the state in both technical skills and leadership. Downtown and south campus meetings start next week (every 1st and 3rd Monday, both downtown and south). 
1st Monday | Oct 6 | 11:30am | Diversity Center (E301)
3rd Monday | Oct 20 | 11:30am | South Campus Cafeteria
SkillsUSA builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communications skills.  Find out how SkillsUSA can benefit you as you prepare for the workforce. 

Disability Awareness Day – October 14, 2014 – Downtown Campus Auditorium
This year’s Disability Awareness Day event is Tuesday, October 14, 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 for a dollar ($3 for non-students).

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.  Career-training programs 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 meetings!

Starting a Club – Bates Anime Alliance
Come animate your life with the Bates Anime Alliance Club coming soon to the Bates Downtown campus. Join us as we explore the world of anime, manga, video games, and more! Contact Briana at 253-545-8807 for more information.

Get Your Passport for Prizes
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 officers, passports are available during ASG General Assembly meetings and in the Diversity Center (E301). Your “passport” works in the following way:  
Get stamped at five different diversity or student life activities during the 2014-15 school year
Turn in the 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 

Campus Information 
Library News
Students now have a more convenient access to Bates Technical College's online library resources and databases. Library staff made the switch to EZProxy to add ease-of-use and enhance the student experience. The old system of using various log-ons for each database or resource is gone! The new system now allows the user to log on with their college email credentials. 
Please note that for students who have not yet set up or changed their Bates email credentials, the PASSWORD is: Bates[SID]. For example, if your Student ID is 555-12-4444, the password is BATES555124444. Read the full story.

Student Accounts – Important Information
Starting immediately, newly created student accounts will be using Bates[student SID] as their temporary password (example: Bates800000001). We strongly suggest that students change the default password at the first log on. The purpose of this change is to provide an added level of security for student accounts. The new policy will not affect current student passwords, however, we recommended that instructors encourage current students to change their password from the default Bates07, if they have not already done so. Students who need assistance logging on, accessing their college email, or have questions can call the Student Help Desk at 7055 or email studentemail@bates.ctc.edu. 

Community Information 
State Commission Logo Design Contest 
The Washington State Supreme Court established the Gender and Justice Commission in 1994 to combat issues of gender bias in Washington state and affect change in how issues of gender are received in the legal scope.  Despite the range of work accomplished by the commission, it exists today without a logo. The commission is reaching out to universities and art programs across the state for logo design submissions.

The commission requests that prospective logos are symbolically representative of their work but remain simplistic enough for mass reproduction; that designers focus not on “gender,” per se, but on imagery that suggests breaking power imbalances in the pursuit of justice. The submission deadline is November 9, 2014. An explanation (150 words or fewer) and artist contact information should be sent to ccasas@pugetsound.edu. The winner will receive a cash award of $500 in exchange for a signed contract stating the Commission may use the design in perpetuity without any additional fees. For more information email Kat Flores in the Diversity Center.

2014-2015 Fall Quarter Dates
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






A message from our Employee Assistance Program: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

This message comes to you from Fully Effective Employees, our Employee Assistance Program. For more information on FEE, please email HR@bates.ctc.edu.

The goal of Domestic Violence Awareness Month is to educate the public and  to prevent this devastating, and potentially fatal form of violence.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. It does not discriminate between race, gender, religion or socio-economic status. It is an equal opportunity destroyer of relationships and families. It can happen between partners and spouses of either gender, between family members, in teen and tween relationships, (dating violence) and even between roommates.

Domestic violence is defined as emotional and physical behaviors that are used by one person in a relationship to control another. Examples of domestic violence include: name calling and put downs, intimidation, threatening or actual physical and/or sexual assault, attempting to isolate a person from contacting their family and friends, withholding money, restricting one’s freedom to get or keep a job, and stalking.

If you are experiencing an unsafe relationship in your life, you are not alone, and it isn't your fault.
There is professional, confidential help available. 

Contact: The National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
                               
                                  Fully Effective Employees, Employee Assistance Program 

                                     425-454-3003  or  1-800-648-5834
                                   www.fee-eap.com  -  (Call for User ID & Password)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Bates Technical College in top 15 percent of military-friendly schools

Annual guide for best educational options for military, veterans, military spouses and dependents recognizes Bates

TACOMA, Wash. – Bates Technical College has earned a “Military Friendly School” designation in the 2015 Victory Media Military Friendly® Schools List. The annual list honors the top 15 percent of higher education institutions with services, programs and more that are designed to help ensure the success of America’s service members, veterans and spouses as students.

Bates has an active student veteran club, whose members helped open Student Veteran Centers at the Downtown and South Campuses last year. In addition to offering valuable resources and assistance, the center serves as a gathering space for veterans, military members, spouses and their dependents.

College President Dr. Ron Langrell said these steps help reinforce our commitment and dedication to the hundreds of veteran students who choose Bates as their educational partner after serving in the military. “As a community-based technical college with a major military base as partners, we make it a priority to help our veterans become job-ready and build on the skills and abilities acquired during their military service.”

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

The survey captures more than 50 leading practices that support military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. As in past years, the 2015 Military Friendly® Schools results were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology developed by Victory Media with input by its independent Academic Advisory Board.

For more information about Bates’ military or veterans’ benefits, please visit www.bates.ctc.edu/Veterans.

About Victory Media Inc.
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.

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.


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KBTC's Northwest Now features discussion on measles

Measles was just about wiped-out in the United States, until recently. Now, due to an increasing desire by young parents to opt-out of immunizations, the protection associated with so-called "herd immunity" is starting to slip away resulting in a new outbreak of a truly awful disease.  

"For people who don't have immunity and are exposed to the virus, there's an attack rate of 75% so it's a very highly contagious disease compared with several other diseases," says Group Health's Dr. Timothy Panzer. 

In this edition of Northwest Now, host Tom Layson is joined by Doctor Panzer, Kathy Lofy with the State Department of Health and Nigel Turner who is the communicable disease division director with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Several areas of Washington State are of concern. Clark County, for instance, has one of the highest vaccination opt-out rates in the state. Statewide, the opt-out rate is six percent compared to the two percent average rate across the country.

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program which you can see every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. right here on KBTC.  

Below is a list that shows where you can find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website.  http://www.kbtc.org/page.php?id=369

OFF AIR:
KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels

CABLE:
Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)
Comcast channel 12 (most areas - in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)
Click! (Tacoma) channel 3
Rainier Connect channel 10
Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)
Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worlview)

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