Areas of Study

What do you want to do? If you're rethinking your next move, think of Bates. Bates offers associate in applied science degrees (AAS), certificates of competency and certificates of training in hundreds of career areas.

Succeed in the workplace and attain your educational goals!

Bates offers multiple programs to support students who need to complete high school or prepare for college or a career. Whether you need to complete your high school diploma, or improve your reading, writing or math skills, our programs are designed to help you succeed in the workplace or attain your educational goals.

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Prepare for a high paying, high demand occupation

The advanced manufacturing programs prepare students for jobs in manufacturing, automation, aerospace, robotics and more. Students utilize hands-on learning to develop technical skills in traditional precision tooling and machining, as well as computer numeric control (CNC) machines. With instructors who have years of experience, and a clean, bright, indoor workshop students have the opportunity to learn in a setting that mirrors industry.

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Area Programs

  • CNC Machinist
  • Industrial Electronics and Robotics Technician
  • Machinist

Hands-on learning for the skilled trades

Students who like to work with their hands and take pride in a job well done should consider Bates Technical College’s Architecture and Construction programs. Students learn how to turn raw materials into finished products and how to safely operate and maintain equipment. Many of these programs allow students to earn industry certifications or apprenticeship hours.

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Area Programs

  • Architectural Woodworking/Cabinet Making Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical Construction
  • Facilities Maintenance Engineer
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician
  • Sheet Metal Technology
  • Welding

Behind the spotlight: Land a job in audio/visual technology and applied arts

The Audio/Visual Technology and Applied Arts programs prepare students for careers in the audio/visual and multimedia industries. Whether you are interested in specializing in digital media, graphic design or web media or you seek a career in broadcasting, such as operations, engineering, or video production, these programs will harness your creative energy. Students who are detail-oriented and comfortable with technology do well in these programs.

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Area Programs

  • Broadcasting and Video Production
  • Digital Media

Launch your professional business career

Bates’ business, finance and personal service programs will prepare students for jobs in a professional or personal service sector. Whether you want to open your own business, or seek a job in a traditional office setting, you will get hands-on experience in computers, marketing, record keeping and customer relations skills that are important in a variety of settings.

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Area Programs

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Office Assistant
  • Barber
  • Marketing and Business Management

Turn your love for food into a career

The Culinary Arts program prepares students for a rewarding, fast-paced career in the commercial food, and restaurant management industry. Bates offers the only American Culinary Federation (ACF) accredited culinary arts degree and certificate program in the region. Graduates of the associate degree program will be Certified Culinarians (CC) through the ACF.

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Area Programs

  • Culinary Arts

Make an impact in education

The Education and Human Services programs combine learned theories and practical lab experiences to teach students how to create and implement learning experiences, build positive relationships and apply developmentally appropriate curriculum. Our Early Childhood Education program offers hands-on training and prepares students for a rewarding career educating young children. Through the college’s continuing education department, individuals can earn a career and technical education certificate at the secondary level, grades 7-12.

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Area Programs

  • Early Childhood Education

Hone your analytical skills

Bates Technical College’s engineering programs teaches students the necessary skills to become an engineering technician. All students take basic engineering core courses before selecting their desired specialized field. The programs integrate computer-aid design (CAD) and other industry-relevant tools to support student success in the workplace.

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Area Programs

  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology

Put your passion to work

The Health Sciences programs prepare students for rewarding careers both in direct and indirect patient care. Whether you seek a career as a licensed practical nurse, or you want to explore a dental career, Bates has a path for you. The programs combine technical and theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience and are taught by faculty who have worked in industry.

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Area Programs

  • Administrative Medical Assistant
  • Biomedical Service Technician: Clinical Engineering
  • Certified Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Lab Technician
  • Denturist
  • Electronic Equipment Service Technology
  • Hearing Aid Specialist
  • Medical Simulation Operations Specialist
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Phlebotomy/Certified Nursing Assistant/CPR
  • Practical Nurse

Prepare for a career in a high-tech field

The Information Technology programs prepare students to enter this exciting, fast-paced field with the knowledge, skills, and industry certifications necessary to succeed and advance. Career choices are varied, including network system support specialist, communications technician, or as a desktop, server or network administrator, to name a few.

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Area Programs

  • Computer Networking Systems Technician
  • Cybersecurity
  • Electronic and Communication Systems Technology
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Software Development

Serve the public with your safety skills

The Public Safety programs are designed to give students the opportunity to train in real-world settings. Students prepare for careers as fire fighters or in closely related professions that require certification. Students looking for a demanding profession in emergency management will learn from experienced faculty.

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Take off with a fast-moving career

The Transportation Technology programs prepare students to work in the automotive and transportation industry. Whether you want to earn your Class A CDL, or learn how to repair engines, these programs are the first step to gaining employment in this exciting industry. Students earn industry certificates and licensures in hands-on classrooms.

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Area Programs

  • Auto Body Rebuilding & Refinishing
  • Automotive Mechanic
  • Commercial Truck Driving
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Motorcycle and Marine Technology

Refresh your skills or explore a new interest!

Our continuing education opportunities will help you retool for what's next in life. Whether your goal is to continue your professional development or learn a new skill, our continuing education courses are current and relevant.

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Area Programs

  • Boiler Certification
  • Business Administration
  • Career Technical Education
  • Construction and Trades
  • Online Courses
  • Phlebotomy/Certified Nursing Assistant/CPR
  • Public Safety
  • Transportation and Distribution

Want to learn a new trade or skill?

The apprenticeship program may offer you paid, on-the-job learning. Apprenticeships are a great option for people who like to work with their hands and are ready to go to work.

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Earn your diploma and associate degree at the same time!

What if you could earn your high school diploma and an associate degree in a world-class career training program at the same time, tuition free? Bates offers several unique pathways for high school-age students, age 16-21.

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Gain a career that can impact the next generation!

Gain the experience to jumpstart your career in child care and education.

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Explore Our Campuses

Bates Technical College is located in Tacoma, Washington, approximately 35 miles south of Seattle and 30 miles north of the state’s capital city, Olympia. The college operates on three campuses, with over 600,000 square feet of classrooms, shops, meeting rooms, and offices.Learn More

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*Data from 2016-2017 academic year.