Bates Technical College

Bates Technical College

Bates Technical College is the largest technical college in Tacoma, Washington. It offers two-year associate of technology degrees, certificates and industry certifications in diverse areas of study. Bates also operates three other locations in Tacoma. Students at Bates can earn Associate of Applied Science degrees, Associate of Technology degrees, Certificates of Competency or a Certificate of Training.

The college enrolls more than 10,000 students each year in their degree, certification and extended learning programs. Bates's student body has a high number of international students.

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Contacting Bates

Bates Technical College
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma , WA 98405
General Phone: (253) 680-7000

Bates Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Transportation168construction equipment operation, truck and bus driver
Medical Support and Technology119dental assistant, dental lab tech, dental services, phlebotomy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine98EMT paramedic, licensed practical nurse
Mechanics and Repair82electrical installation and repair, communications install and repair, HVAC, autobody repair, diesel mechanics, small engine mechanics, mechanic and repair
Construction Trades71carpentry, electrician, construction trades
Security and Law Enforcement57fire-fighting
Engineering Technician37architectural engineering tech, civil engineering tech, electrical/electronic tech, biomedical tech, occupational safety tech, mechanical engineering tech, surveying tech, computer systems tech, mechanical drafting ...
Media23radio and TV tech, recording arts tech
Production Trades16machinist, sheet metal tech, welding, cabinetmaking
Business and Management11accounting technology, parts and warehousing, banking, vehicle parts marketing
Beauty and Cosmetology10cosmetology, barber
Education and Teaching9technical teaching, teacher aide
Medical Administration8medical secretary
Family and Social Work7child care provider
Therapy and Counseling7communication disorders services
Computer Science and Engineering6web design, computer networking, webmastering
Law6legal secretary
Office and Administration6administrative assistant
Science and Laboratory Technician4biology tech
Cooking and Culinary Arts2chef training
Design1fashion design

Number of programs and degrees for Bates in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years8124
Associate's degree14835
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years103
Award of less than 1 academic year50917

Bates Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bates had a total enrollment of 5,463 students (4,101 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 44%
Black 5%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 3%
American Indian 5%
Unknown 41%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 8%
20-21 7%
22-24 10%
25-29 16%
30-34 12%
35-39 11%
40-49 13%
50-64 7%
65+ 1%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Bates Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 58 %
Part-Time 68 %

Bates Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Tacoma, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bates Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,101
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 4,101
Books and supplies $ 1,116

Financial Aid:
Bates participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 530600)

Bates Faculty

Bates has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year63$68,72253$68,816
No academic rankcalendar year5$68,7745$67,047
All faculty totalcalendar year68$68,72658$68,663

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year5$55,7753$57,941
All faculty totalacademic year5$55,7753$57,941

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bates Degree Programs (2007)

Beauty And Cosmetology
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General

Business And Management
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping
Banking and Financial Support Services
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations
Vehicle and Vehicle Parts and Accessories Marketing Operations

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, Other

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Fashion/Apparel Design

Education And Teaching
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Technical Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician
Biomedical Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Child Care Provider/Assistant

Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary

Mechanics And Repair
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians, Other
Small Engine Mechanics and Repair Technology/Technician

Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician
Recording Arts Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Laboratory Technology/Technician
Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Welding Technology/Welder

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other

Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operation

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Bates Highlights

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What Sets Bates Apart:

Number of degree programs
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Number of students
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Top 14%Bates Number of students
% students 40 years or older
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Top 14%Bates % students 40 years or older
% of degrees in construction trades
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Bates % of degrees in construction trades
% of degrees in transportation
(vs. all colleges)
Top 17%Bates % of degrees in transportation
Male % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Bates Male % of student body
Minority % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%Bates Minority % of student body
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(vs. all colleges)
Top 20%Bates % of degrees in security and law enforcement

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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