Coronavirus Information and Resources

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On April 2, Governor Inslee extended his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in Washington state, through Monday, May 4. We remain focused on caring for and supporting our students and employees.

All registered students must access their classes through Canvas beginning Spring Quarter, Monday, March 30. All hands-on lab hours are postponed until Tuesday, May 5.  To meet social distancing requirements, students need to verify the specific day and time of their lab with their instructor.

We are here to serve you virtually. 

As Bates Technical College moves to remote delivery methods of instruction and services, our faculty and staff remain committed to helping you succeed.

Please check your college email and this page frequently, as information can change quickly.

How to access Spring Quarter courses

Your health and well-being is our priority. Remote learning made easy.

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In response to COVID-19, most of our college programs have shifted to remote delivery. Canvas is our online learning portal.

How to log into Canvas?

  1. Visit the college Canvas page
  2. Enter your Student ID number for BOTH username and password. You can change your password after you log on.
  3. Using Canvas will allow you do a variety of things remotely, like read the course syllabus, take quizzes, submit assignments, participate in discussions, check your grades, chat with your instructor, create a dashboard for easy access, update your contact information, and stay on track to graduate.

About the Online Transition Course on Canvas

All students who registered for Spring Quarter are enrolled in the Online Transition Course. Here, you’ll find helpful resources, like the video below, to guide you and make this transition as smooth as possible.

New to Canvas? Feel a little unsure of yourself? This video will walk you through the basics of Canvas, including:

  1. How to login
  2. How to customize your dashboard
  3. How to access the new to-do list in Canvas
  4. How to customize your account settings, including your password and your notification settings
  5. A friendly reminder to download the app.

Need help?
Contact the Online Learning Center:

Make things easier. Download a free Canvas app!
Just search for Canvas and select the Canvas Student app using Google Play or Apple store.

At this time, you can pay two ways:

Online, using this portal
Chrome Internet browser users: If you are having difficulties making your payment online, please try using Firefox or Internet Explorer. If you still cannot pay online, please email us at

By mailing a check:
You can mail a check to:
Bates Technical College, Cashier
1101 S Yakima Ave
Tacoma, WA 98405

Note: The Cashier’s Office is currently processing all refunds as checks, sent directly to the address the student has on file with the college. Checks are processed twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The exceptions are the students who paid online through the college website, those are refunded back to the same credit or debit card used on the website. Again, this is only web payments, through our partner, CyberSource.

Non-High School Students

Use the website to order your textbooks. All orders will have FREE shipping. If you need to purchase your books and materials on-campus, please email the bookstore at You can always call the bookstore at 253.680.7130, however bookstore staff is working limited hours, so email is the quickest way to reach us.

High School Students

Please contact Kristal Dunn, program inventory specialist, at 253.680.7260 or to obtain your books and supplies.

Returning students

  1. Apply for financial aid, if you haven’t already
  2. Call an advisor to register for classes: 253.680.7002 (please note that you will have to leave a message and wait for someone to return your call)
  3. Work with your instructor to make a plan for your online/lab learning schedule

New Students

Follow these steps!

  1. Apply for admission to Bates Technical College
  2. Complete steps to enrollment with an advisor
  3. Apply for financial aid
  4. Establish college placement
  5. Call an advisor to register for classes: (please note that you will have to leave a message and wait for someone to return your call)
  6. Attend an online new student orientation
  7. Attend remote classes and limited on-site labs (on-site labs begin Monday, April 13)

Easy downloadable resources

Bates Technical College Foundation

Our Foundation has graciously set aside additional emergency funds for students who are experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic. If you are a student who needs help, please email for more information or to apply.

Community resources

If you are facing financial strain or hardships due to COVID-19, the following resources are available to help.

Food banks

You can drive to any of our three campuses and access the Wi-Fi network from a parking lot near the building(s). Use your Bates email and password to log into the Bates Wi-Fi network. Use this handy Wi-Fi map for more details and information.

You may also qualify for Xfinity (Comcast). Learn more here.

Many publishers are offering free eBook access to help during this time of transition. Check the list of publishers for options to get access to your textbooks or other helpful resources. Some sites may require you to create a free account.

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

How is it spread?

Human coronavirus is most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • The air by coughing and sneezing, or close person-to-person contact
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough

If you have traveled to/from any of the countries with travel alerts or outbreaks, and have symptoms, contact a healthcare provider.

If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, please follow instructions provided by the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.

How to Prevent Illness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The CDC recommends everyday prevention measures, including:

  • Everyone get a seasonal flu vaccination if possible. While it will not prevent the novel coronavirus, influenza is currently in widespread circulation, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home from school or work if sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently. 

What to Do If You Are Not Feeling Well

Stay home when you are sick. Do not report to work or attend classes if you are ill. Instructors, consider providing students with ways to complete work from home. This is good advice no matter what illness is going around. If you are concerned about your flu-like illness, call your health care provider for advice and share any travel history. Stay home, rest, and stay hydrated.

To prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water

The proper way to wash your hands is for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

What should I do now to be prepared?

Keep some basic supplies at home. The US Department of Homeland Security recommends that people should keep some basic supplies at home in case they get sick or in case it is difficult to get supplies at a store. Here is what they are recommending:

  • Store a two-week supply of food. Select foods that do not require refrigeration, preparation or cooking. Ensure that formula for infants and any child’s or older person’s special nutritional needs are a part of your planning. Plan for your pets as well.
  • Store a supply of nonprescription drugs, such as pain relievers, cough and cold medicines, stomach remedies and anti-diarrheal medication, as well as vitamins and fluids with electrolytes (such as sports drinks).
  • Store health and cleaning supplies, such as bleach, tissues, a thermometer, disposable gloves, soap and alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

Make a Plan for Yourself and Your Household

Make a plan now for how you, your household and your neighbors might need to adapt, rely on each other if there is a significant outbreak. Here are some things that could occur:

  • Major events, church and community services and many businesses may be temporarily closed.
  • Public transportation might be reduced or suspended.
  • Childcare centers and schools may be closed.
  • It could be difficult to buy basic supplies.



Bates Technical College will update this page when any relevant developments occur. 

Bates Technical College is closed to the public, but we are here to help you virtually. Most of our classes are offered remotely through Spring Quarter. Get important updates and information