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*

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology
  • Practical Nurse
  • Electrical Construction
  • Fire Service
  • Welding

Our Students*

Total Headcount (all sources): 7,166
FTE’s (all sources): 3,577

Gender: 55% female, 45% male

Median Age: 32


Asian 7%
African American 10%
Native American 3%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Other, Multiracial 1%
White/Caucasian 68%

Family and Finances:

  • Students receiving need-based financial aid: 38%
  • Students who work: 52%
  • Students with Children: 50%

*Data from 2019 Field Guide.  


Tacoma is Washington state’s third largest city with a population approximately 200,000. Bates operates on three urban campuses, with over 600,000 square feet of classrooms, shops, meeting rooms, and offices.

Points of Interest

Industry-specific accreditations

Bates Technical College has earned industry-specific accreditations for more than 60 percent of the college’s program degrees and certificates. These national/international accreditations supporta commitment to highest standards, provide a rigorous and relevant learning experience, and offer top quality hands-on educational environments for students.

This investment, in addition to holding regional accreditation with Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), demonstrates Bates is committed to continuous improvement and dedicated to supplying the workforce with qualified candidates in transportation, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), allied health, aerospace and manufacturing, construction, media and other related fields at high school, two-and-four-year college levels.

I-BEST fuels in-demand careers, living wages

Bates Technical College offers the largest Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program in the state, helping students master essential skill competencies quickly before moving onto the workforce. Bates designed the program to provide basic and related instruction to students enrolled in high-demand degree pathways.

Using a team-instruction approach to combine college readiness classes with hands-on and dynamic technical education, Bates offers the I-BEST pathway in a record ten high-wage program areas.

Anticipated facility for allied health, medical arts and STEM

Bates Technical College will enter into the design phase for the Center for Allied Health Education at the Downtown Campus, with an estimated opening in 2023. The facility will increase student capacity in health care-related programs, and, with several medical organizations within walking distance of campus, is in a prime location.

New construction will modernize approximately 70,000GSF of new space specially designed with state-of-the-art medical arts learning areas. The building will create a cohesive health care, science and technology facility with improved energy performance and sustainability features, similar to the award-winning Advanced Technology Building at Central/Mohler Campus.

Fall Quarter registration for new students begins July 19. Get started today on your enrollment steps!