Community & Bates

At Bates, community means everything. We value strong local and global partnerships with business, industry, labor and the public. Our goal is to make the college a respected, effective community resource, contributing to local community vitality.

Bates Technical College has served Tacoma’s citizens for nearly 75 years. Central to our goals is the development of a qualified workforce and contributing to economic development in the greater Puget Sound area.

Bates resources for the community

Partner with Bates

Explore how you or your organization or industry can work with Bates to develop the region’s future leaders and workforce.

Advisory Committees

These committee members represent partnerships with business, labor and industry and provide curriculum recommendations to the college. You can provide input on:

  • program offerings at the college
  • industry trends and needs
  • curriculum enhancements
  • equipment and technology innovations


Consider making a donation of cash or equipment to benefit a specific program. Establish a scholarship in support of a program, or in name of an individual or company. Contact the Bates Foundation to learn more about giving opportunities.