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Trade Up at Bates Tech. 

Whether you’re pursuing a non-traditional career path in the trades or a veteran seeking to transition into a fulfilling civilian career, Bates Tech is here to support your journey at every step. 

Women in Trades and Non-Traditional Career Paths 

Our programs are designed to provide hands-on training, mentorship and support, making sure you have the skills and confidence to succeed in traditionally underrepresented fields. As the demand for skilled workers continues to grow, those who pursue non-traditional paths have unprecedented opportunities to thrive and lead in these industries. 

  • Gain practical skills and knowledge that open doors to high-demand careers. 
  • Experience smaller class sizes and personalized attention. 
  • Increase earning potential and opportunities for advancement. 

Transition to a Rewarding Civilian Career 

We are dedicated to helping veterans transition to civilian life with confidence and purpose. Our programs are tailored to provide the technical skills and certifications needed to secure family-wage jobs, including union positions that offer stability and growth. 

  • Leverage military training and discipline in a new career path. 
  • Learn in a hands-on environment and gain valuable, practical experience alongside supportive faculty with strong ties to the industry. 
  • Degree and certificate programs are designed to be completed in two years or less, getting you into the workforce quickly and efficiently. 

Why Bates Technical College? 

  • Our programs are developed in partnership with industry advisory committees to ensure you receive relevant and up-to-date training. 
  • Benefit from our faculty’s close ties to local industries, providing networking opportunities and job placement support. 
  • With lower tuition and fees, Bates Tech offers a cost-effective pathway to a rewarding career.  

Learn more today! 

We’re here to help. 

Admissions: 253.680.7002 or

Financial Aid: 253.680.7020 or

Your most powerful tool is your mind. Trade up at Bates Tech and unlock your potential in a career that matters. Explore our programs, connect with advisors, and take the first step toward a brighter future. 


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