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Center for Allied Health Education

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Bates Technical College is pleased to celebrate the grand opening of the Center for Allied Health Education (formerly known as the Medical Mile Health Science Center).

Wednesday, April 20, 2-3 p.m.
Downtown Campus Auditorium, 1101 South Yakima Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98405

For more information and to RSVP for this event, please email

Draft Program
Welcome and Introductions
2:05 p.m.Emcee Tom Layson, KBTC Northwest Now Host
President Lin Zhou, Bates Technical College
Board Chair Florence Chang, Bates Technical College
2:10 p.m.U.S. Congressman Derek Kilmer
2:13 p.m.State Representative and Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins
2:16 p.m.Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier
2:19 p.m.Mayor Victoria Woodards
2:23 p.m.Student Speaker, TBD
2:27 p.m.Faculty Speaker, Marge Luthman, Occupational Therapy Assistant
2:31 p.m.Program Manager, Doug Benjamin, The Walsh Group
Adjourn to Ribbon Cutting site

You are invited to stay for an optional self-guided tour following the ceremony.




During the 2018 legislative session, state legislators appropriated funding for the construction of the new Center for Allied Health Education, formerly known as the Medical Mile Health Science Center, at the Downtown Campus. The $43.7M project features the demolition of a 1970s-era West Annex to make way for a modern learning facility that will house the college’s Allied Health programs, clinics, learning labs and other student spaces.

Parking tips

If you commute to the Downtown Campus, please give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot. Preparation is key, as parking may be hectic.

The following information is important to review, as this will affect several parking areas for both students and employees.


Carpooling is a flexible and convenient way to commute. Carpoolers save time and money, allows for HOV lane travel, and creates less traffic congestion for the campus. Even if it isn’t a co-worker someone working in the same area might make a great carpool fit. You can find a ride through If you can’t find a rider in your area, consider meeting at a Park and Ride.

You can also vanpool! A vanpool is a group of 5-15 sharing the ride in a van provided by a transit agency. Learn more about joining a vanpool.

Bus routes

From first time user guides to bus route planning tools for Pierce, King and Kitsap Counties, can help you plan your commute.