Facts and Figures

Bates Technical College delivers career education with a focus on hands-on learning. Serving approximately 7,000 students, BTC has three comprehensive campuses in Tacoma that offer two-year degrees, short-term certificates, academic courses, a Technical High School, and life-long learning.

Part of the state’s public two-year college system, Bates Technical College provides practical and concentrated hands-on education with an affordable, accessible path toward successful employment. Degree and certificate programs are offered in a variety of industries that include, aerospace, audio/visual technology and communication, business administration, construction, education/training, engineering, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, fire service, transportation, culinary arts and barber. 

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Highest Enrolled Programs*

  • Barber
  • Commercial Truck Driving: Entry Level (now known as CDL Entry Level Driver Training)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Database Technology/Software Development
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Electrical Construction
  • Fire Service
  • HVAC

Our Students*

Total Headcount (all sources): 6,198
FTEs (all sources): 2,944

Gender: 40% female, 60% male

Median Age: 30


American Indian/Alaska Native3%
Black/African American11%
Pacific Islander3%

Family, finances and more:

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 32%
  • Students in Workforce Education: 81%
  • Students in Basic Skills: 8%
  • Students enrolled in other areas: 10%
  • Students with Dependents: 51%

*Data from 2022 State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Field Guide.

Points of Interest

Title III grand funds expansion of student retention, completion and success efforts

The US Department of Education awarded Bates Technical College a $2.25 million competitive Title III grant to strategically focus on student support, completion and retention. The critical funding will bolster efforts that expand access to courses and programs in alternate modalities; transition some programs to competency-based curriculum; provide coaching and expanded work-based learning; and improve institutional effectiveness. These activities align with the college’s strategic plan and directly address necessary improvements to ensure student success.

New Center for Allied Health Education opens in 2022

Bates Technical College will meet increasing industry demands for skilled employees in the health care sector. In spring 2022, a 64,000-square-foot Center for Allied Health Education will be added to the downtown campus and serve as a hub for those who wish to pursue a degree or certificate in the allied health fields. This high-tech facility will also offer continuing education opportunities to people who are already employed in the field and house the college’s dental and denture clinics, which provide low-income individuals affordable dental care options.

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